When headstamp is incorrect...

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by CGS371, Jan 25, 2011.

  1. CGS371

    CGS371 Member

    Jul 7, 2010
    What do you do if you resize to a different caliber/cartridge? I understand I can be very organized etc, but I worry a little about someone else misusing one of my 338 federal cases in a 308 type situation because that is what the headstamp says. Perhaps it wouldn't fit the chamber in that example, but there must be some where it does fit. Will a permanent marker work on brass or are there some secrets I am not aware of? Just trying to be more safe.
  2. Topgun 30-06

    Topgun 30-06 Well-Known Member

    Dec 6, 2010
    How is someone else going to misuse your ammo? Keep it in properly marked boxes and don't let anyone else near it to avoid any problems like you mentioned. In a bench or hunting situation I would have a small container, preferably lockable, that is well-marked besides the ammo boxes themselves.
  3. gr8whyt

    gr8whyt Well-Known Member

    Nov 26, 2010

    You're absolutely correct. Utmost care must be used to ensure your ammo is used only in your rifle. Especially in the situation like yours where the original brass is necked up. That .338 bullet will absolutely not go down a .308 bore without serious damage. It is less dangerous when necking down. Then the bullet goes down the bore...not accurate, but relatively benign. You might try marking the cases with a marking pen (black or green maybe), or some other method so that it is plainly visible that something is not ordinary about the round.

    -- gr8whyt
  4. boomtube

    boomtube Well-Known Member

    Oct 8, 2007
    "That .338 bullet will absolutely not go down a .308 bore without serious damage."

    That .338 cartridge won't go into a .308 chamber.
  5. tomestone

    tomestone Well-Known Member

    Dec 6, 2010
    As crazy as it might sound I use finger nail polish, brite red to mark my front site on my guns for low light and brass with specific loads. Does"nt come off easily.