Where/who once fired brass

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by alphaco, Dec 29, 2010.

  1. alphaco

    alphaco New Member

    Dec 15, 2010
    New to reloading. Just received my new Forster press and other tools. Would like to hear opinions about purchasing once fire military brass for 223 and 308. Looking to buy 1K or 2K of each. Any recommendations of good price and for reputable dealers? Any concerns about used military/range brass? Keep reading about issues with m60 fire brass? I will be full length resizing and crimping so any reason o be concerned?
  2. jeffro

    jeffro Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2006
    I sent you a PM.
  3. ZombieHitman

    ZombieHitman Active Member

    Nov 17, 2010
    If you're FL resizing, I don't see any problems with your brass feeding in a bolt gun, but if you're feeding a semiauto, you may want to choose a small base FL sizing die for a slightly reduced diameter which equals smoother feeding.
    I haven't had any issues with using once fired mil brass in AR's, using standard dies.
    The biggest thing is to ensure that you get ALL of the primer crimp out before reloading, or you'll have other issues.
    I like mil brass because it's thicker than commercial brass, and as long as I anneal it every 3rd or 4th loading, it lasts quite a while. The primer pockets enlarge after 10-12 loadings to the point where they no longer hold a primer, and I'm too lazy to re-swage the pockets to tighten them up.
    Mil brass is getting cheaper all the time too...
  4. ScottB

    ScottB Well-Known Member

    Nov 29, 2010
    Don't forget to reduce your loads some to make up for the thicker brass....

    Other then that, it's great stuff for the price once it's prepped!

  5. Trickymissfit

    Trickymissfit Well-Known Member

    Jun 11, 2010
    I leave all military brass laying on the range. It dosn't really fit into the specs in loading manuals, and quality is not impressive at all.