Reloading nickel plated

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Iclimb, Dec 3, 2013.

  1. Iclimb

    Iclimb Well-Known Member

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    Any advantage or disadvantage to reloading nickel?
     
  2. Gene

    Gene Well-Known Member

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    Nickel is very hard. Only disadvantage is that continued use may cause wear in your sizer die. Otherwise, no difference.
     

  3. Lefty7mmstw

    Lefty7mmstw Well-Known Member

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    Use a good lube and pad (not spray) and the die wear thing isn't bad, most won't use their dies enough to even notice any wear. I'm 3 rifles deep on my 7rem dies and I've been running some of my brass as nickel for all 3 rifles; the dies have no scratching/wear at all.

    The biggest thing I see is that the load may be different with nickel's hardness and you'll have to re-prove your load in your nickel brass. Nickel doesn't tarnish like brass. Nickel is usually good for fewer reloading cycles as it is harder/ more brittle. I've had some 338 win case necks with nickel brass neck crack sitting on the shelf loaded.
     
  4. jfseaman

    jfseaman Well-Known Member

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    It scratched my 300WSM die so u quit reloading nickel.
     
  5. Derek M.

    Derek M. Well-Known Member

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    I don't recommend using nickel. It is hard on dies, very hard on trimmers, and I've been told it's less consistent in terms of spring back when sized. It takes longer to anneal, and is less consistent during annealing.

    I can't think of any "pros" when it comes to nickel brass, just several "cons."
     
  6. waltercrouse

    waltercrouse Well-Known Member

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    I had some nickel plated 243 win cases. When i first used them,I had to purchase 35 degree neck reamer. Before i had the neck reamer i was crushing cases.
     
  7. deathwobble

    deathwobble Well-Known Member

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    I used to use Winchester nickel plate stuff in my 30-06 got a dozen or so load out of them before they were shot. It is definitely harder than just plain brass but It seemed to last longer with max loads. I would not hesitate to use them again.
     
  8. digger11

    digger11 Well-Known Member

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    Given a choice I stay away from nickel.I had a bad experience way back with a big lot of nickel plated 22 hornet brass.I finally gave it all away and never looked back.
     
  9. sp6x6

    sp6x6 Well-Known Member

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    I have 325 wsm and cracked necks at 3-4 reloads, done a dozen on my 340 with no cracks. Im tossing mine at 3 and replacing with quality brass
     
  10. nfhjr62

    nfhjr62 Well-Known Member

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    My self have 1 thousand nickel plated 308 cases all same number, got a good deal on them now maybe see why BUT still see some use in then.
     
  11. Greyfox

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    I have used Win 270WSM cases, both nickel and brass. Results were identical except for case life. The nickel cases began to crack at 3-4 reloads with nickel, where the brass were good to 7-10 loads. Care does have to be taken using enough lube to prevent scratched dyes. I avoid them.
     
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  13. varmintH8R

    varmintH8R Well-Known Member

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    I'm a no-nickel guy. It "feels" too hard in the dies and on my trimmer. I have found for handgun brass it is manageable, but I really don't like it for bottleneck cases.