Reloading 338 RUM Brass

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by conn338rum, Feb 7, 2010.

  1. conn338rum

    conn338rum Active Member

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    When I bought the 700 BDL LH 338 RUM
    I bought some 210 gr Federal Shok loads, the case is silver in color
    I noticed when I reload these vs the Remington brass (new)
    There is no discolor on the case after firing
    What's up? and where can I get the silver brass?
    Powder
    IMR 4831 and H4831 not near max. loads
    Haven't shot the Retumbo loads yet
     
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  2. conn338rum

    conn338rum Active Member

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    Left over oil on the brass (Remington)?
    I have not shot the Federal brass a second time
    (Factory loads) but soon gun)
     

  3. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    The "silver brass" is actually nickel plated and there are several things that can
    be troublesome when it is reloaded several times, The nickel wild begin to peel off like
    old chrome on a bumper. also it will tend to hide problems with the brass due to pressure.

    Another problem with it is if you turn the necks you remove the plating.(On some tight
    chambers it will not chamber after reloading) because of the extra 1 mill thickness.
    Also you cant anneal the necks.

    The plus side of it is that it chambers smother in a standard chamber and is easy to
    find after ejected.

    If you are a re loader you can buy the Nickel plated brass but I recomend standard brass.

    J E CUSTOM
     
  4. conn338rum

    conn338rum Active Member

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    I figured there was somthing about the nickel
    I'll stay with the Remington brass
    Thanks
     
  5. conn338rum

    conn338rum Active Member

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    Still doesn't answer why the powder burn is there
    I would reload them
    No marks, no lenght change etc
    No flake on the shell
    If the nickel was not bonded correctly I could see that..
     
  6. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    Powder burn on the outside of the necks is a function of how fast the neck seals
    to the chamber , Some rifles smoke the necks more than others no matter what
    type of brass you use.

    And the nickle peeling/spading will sometimes show up after the first firing and other times
    it may take several firings before it starts and some times you will wear the brass out before
    anything happens the point is; you never know when it will happen and after 3 or 4 firings
    you need to anneal you brass and you can't without ruining it.

    Shoot what you like I was just trying to warn you what could/would happen because it
    has happened to me on many occasions so even though I also liked the nickle brass I
    don't use it any more because just about the time you get it shooting well it screws up
    and you have to start all over on load testing plus case prep in a waste of time.

    J E CUSTOM
     
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  7. conn338rum

    conn338rum Active Member

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    Good info!
    I'll use them one more time then scrap them