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Old 07-18-2011, 03:51 PM
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Am I correct in believing that laquered steel case ammo (Such as Wolf Ammo) for the .223 Rem is not to be reloaded? If so why? I just tried to do it and had no trouble. Neck sizing only with a Lee die and using the Lee factory crimp die seemed to give excellent results. I only did one round until I found out more about this. Thanks for any input on this.
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Old 07-18-2011, 07:08 PM
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The things against it are that the steel tends to be hard on your dies, and it fatigues faster than the more malleable brass, so it is prone to head separations and other problems in fewer load cycles. Steel also can attract magnetized iron filings that can be a lot harder, and you can also get minute particles of sand embedded in the varnish when they hit the ground. As a result, steel cases have the potential to scuff and scratch and wear out your dies prematurely.
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Old 07-19-2011, 03:18 PM
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For what it's worth, others have done it. About 4 reloads is normal.

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Even the steel-cased rimfire ammunition is crap. Really can't think of a good reason to produce it if it won't work decient in non-reloadable cases.

Note to folks that scrap: Last bucket of split cases and 22 rimfire brass that I took in for salvage got docked abit because it needed to be de-miled. The guy said " that China would reload those cases!

Good Luck when I'm done with it! If I knew for sure Chinese military would use it, I'd load it for them.

Anyway, good idea to seperate brass from brass to recoup money!

Steel cases arn't worth crap! I'd not even shoot them in any firearm that I value.

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Old 07-21-2011, 05:46 AM
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. . . Note to folks that scrap: Last bucket of split cases and 22 rimfire brass that I took in for salvage got docked abit because it needed to be de-miled. The guy said " that China would reload those cases! . . . Cheezywan
Prior to WWII, scrap dealers sold a lot of similar materials to Japan and made money off it. The Japanese returned that scrap to us in the form of bullets without charge. History is repeating itself?
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Old 07-21-2011, 04:08 PM
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Prior to WWII, scrap dealers sold a lot of similar materials to Japan and made money off it. The Japanese returned that scrap to us in the form of bullets without charge. History is repeating itself?
Interesting Marshal Kane. What a huge waste of material and shipping costs.

I just added another re-cycle bucket. Now have one dedicated to brass, and one for spent cases that can't be reloaded (If they could be re-loaded, I would re-load them).

I need some wisdom from Al Gore and his body guards about now. I do wonder some about what they do with thier spent practice ammunition? Most likely, they get re-loaded by someone? Perhaps Al "himself" re-loads them for China? Money to be made in saved shipping cost. Save the planet at the same time. I'll Gurgle that when I have time and motivation to do so.

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Old 07-24-2011, 05:38 AM
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The Japanese returned that scrap to us in the form of bullets without charge. History is repeating itself?
Not to pirate the thread:

If you peek at a couple of military journals, the kinds positioned for the military industrial complex, (Not Soldier of Fortune), or some BS rag, the most probable scenario is a couple bad years of US agricultural production will precipitate starvation wars in Asia. India or possibly China, will defocus the pressure on their goverment with a war on one or the other. That will drag the US and possibly NATO into the exchange, and it will almost certainly go nuke in a matter of days.

Generals and military policy makers from all over the world are speculating the inevitable, including the US military, and are conducting war games and policy exercises along those lines.
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Let's stick to the OP's question and not go drifting off on a tangent, folks.
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Let's stick to the OP's question and not go drifting off on a tangent, folks.
Sorry Kdub, it was Marshal, he made me bad
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