Reuse Federal factory ammo cases?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by woo9, Oct 8, 2009.

  1. woo9

    woo9 New Member

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    Currently just purchased reloading gears and ready to go this way
    but just wondering any factory ammo case can be re-used for reloading?

    i shot a lot federal ammos and still keep the empty brass but not sure if i can use them for my reloading?

    if not that's ok i still wanna keep them for memory gun)
     
  2. johnnyk

    johnnyk Well-Known Member

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    Yes, you can use brass that was formerly factory ammo. Even better is that it was fired in the rifle that you are reloading for because now it's fireformed to your rifle's chamber. JohnnyK.
     

  3. DWM Jr

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    The short answer is yes you can reload your factory Federal brass. One thing you might want to do from now on is save the cases in the factory boxes they came so you don't mix lot numbers. This may seen insignificant to you as a new handloader but as you gain experience you'll understand this and several other little tricks. However I would caution against harvesting fired brass from unknown sources, you never know how many times and under what conditions these unfamiliar cases where loaded and fired. Good luck, Don
     
  4. 7 loader

    7 loader Well-Known Member

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    If you are neck sizing or f.l. sizing that is great. ckeck for cracks on neck of fed. cases. I have found some in past of once fired brass.
     
  5. FEENIX

    FEENIX Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to LRH and reloading. I too just started reloading this year and Federal brass were my first reloads.

    Good luck and enjoy!
     
  6. woo9

    woo9 New Member

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    yeah. by the time i also ordered two bags of winchester brass and recieved yesterday, however i saw many of them need to neck sizing since the shape of neck is not circle..
    that's my first time of order, just wonder are they all coming like that?
     
  7. AtownBcat

    AtownBcat Well-Known Member

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    all the new brass i have ever bought needed to be ran through a FL die first.
     
  8. woo9

    woo9 New Member

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    what's the purpose to go thru the Full length die?

    i ordered a lee pacesettle die set, does it include the Fl die?
     
  9. AtownBcat

    AtownBcat Well-Known Member

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    yes i believe it does.
     
  10. johnnyk

    johnnyk Well-Known Member

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    When it comes to reloading, consistency equals repeatable accuracy. Get the cases bodies all sized the same and with the same neck tension. Brass prep is a large part of accurate handloads.
    JohnnyK.
     
  11. Troutslayer

    Troutslayer Well-Known Member

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    Federal brass has given me some headaches but if it's what you got, there is no reason you can't use it. I have found that some lots have primer pockets that seem too large and primers go in far too easily. Keep them segregated from the get go or you will end up like me with a gigantic box of them from different lots!
     
  12. sundance1972

    sundance1972 Well-Known Member

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    So far i've reloaded 60 federal cases 4 times each and have had only 2 with loose primer pockets in 7mm rem mag.
    I know there is higher quality brass available, but if it works well, why not use it?
     
  13. jer1

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    I think this is a variation of woo9's last question. I'm considering reloading and am trying to get smart on it. In preparation, I started saving my Winchester brass the last time I was at the range. It looks like reloading dies put a circular indentation in the neck. The Winchester cases from those factory loads have a series of 6 flat indentations to hold the bullet in place. Will that be a problem for reloading, or will the die work that out? It seems overworking the brass can be a bad thing, so just want to be sure. Thanks.
     
  14. boomtube

    boomtube Well-Known Member

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    "i shot a lot federal ammos and still keep the empty brass but not sure if i can use them for my reloading? "

    Well, that's generally the way it's done.