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#190724 - 03/20/18 08:46 AM New Brass
bscott
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Question i have is how many of you size virgin brass before you fire it? I have some new Starline .357 mag brass that don't know whether to load it without sizing first. I am trying to be more discipline when reloading my ammo now.
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#190725 - 03/20/18 08:50 AM Re: New Brass [Re: bscott]
Zee
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I full length size all my brass before first firing and thereafter. Seems to work for me.
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#190726 - 03/20/18 08:53 AM Re: New Brass [Re: Zee]
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Even in straight wall cases?
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#190727 - 03/20/18 08:59 AM Re: New Brass [Re: bscott]
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Yes sir.
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#190729 - 03/20/18 10:14 AM Re: New Brass [Re: Zee]
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I RESIZE ALL MY REVOLVER CASES, NEW OR FIRED. IF YOU ARE USING NICKELED BRASS AND A CARBIDE DIE LUBE THEM ANYWAY, THEY WILL LAST A LOT LONGER AND ARE EASIER TO RELOAD THAT WAY.
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#190731 - 03/20/18 10:44 AM Re: New Brass [Re: bscott]
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Always size brass before loading, new or not. Some brass may even require trimming the first time around.
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#190782 - 03/21/18 09:58 AM Re: New Brass [Re: s4s4u]
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Always size before loading. I have seen new brass be a little egg shaped.
Trimming? Some swear they never do it or have never needed.

If you are loading for accurate, or long range shooting, or especially competition,, Then by all means check everything. By not trimming then the OAL will be different. Differences is not necessary. Take the time to check everything. Same with the bullet seating. Everything needs to be the same for the most accurate loads. Differences in bullet seating will cause vertical stringing.
Read s4s4u little motto: short cuts often lead to long recoveries.
If you are in that big of a hurry then just go buy some factory loads.

Nickel brass especially should be sized before loading (the first time even)!! With nickel they can be oversized just enough, that the finished cartridge will not seat completely in a tight chamber. And some of the S&Ws such as my 27 will not take loads that have not been properly addressed.
45MAN is right. Nickel has a higher COF than brass.
oh,,, COF ( coefficient of Friction ) Lower is better. Nickel needs help.

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#190817 - 03/21/18 09:12 PM Re: New Brass [Re: cherokeetracker]
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I've only reloaded for 3 years, but if I intend to seat a bullet in it ... I resize it.


Edited by PsTaN (03/21/18 09:13 PM)
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#190822 - 03/21/18 10:28 PM Re: New Brass [Re: PsTaN]
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Yes size before loading. New brass can also vary in length so trim or check each one for consistency.
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#191016 - 03/25/18 06:50 PM Re: New Brass [Re: junebug]
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 Originally Posted By: junebug
Yes size before loading. New brass can also vary in length so trim or check each one for consistency.


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