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    How many times do you reload a case?

    IE: 30/06 How many max charges do you run through a case before tossing it? Usually, I use Winchester or Remington brass and shoot it until it needs to be trimmed, then I toss it. This is about 4 or 5 reloadings. I am likely tossing it before it has to go but I always felt it's better to safe than sorry. Now that I have some expensive Nosler brass, I want to use it to it's max.

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    Average is about 12 loadings with .243 brass, 2 reasons, 1. following advice from a reloading manual (Lyman or ABC? can't remember which) I discard cases that become too long after their 4th trim, 2. Case defects becoming apparent,almost entirely caused by split necks, and I F/L size each time.

    atb Tim

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    I use Rem & Fed .25-06 cases and anneal after each four reloads...cases are originals & 13 years old. They have been reloaded many times. Still look & perform like new. My loads are max MV i.e. 100gn bullet @ 3250fpsMV
    All cases trimmed after each firing & F/L resized to fired headspace dimension.
    Blaser K95 Luxus Kipplaufbüchse .25-06Rem. Zeiss 8x56, 110gn Nosler Accubond = Game Over!

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    Annealing maintains the metal in in the shoulder/neck area in good crystaline condition, polishing the case mouths with wire wool or scotchbrite to lessen crack initiation there after trimming & not bumping back the shoulders any farther than necessarry for correct headspacing is how I try & extend case life. -- I don't often need to chuck cases away!

    Ian

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    Agree with Yorric
    I can get into the lower 20's on perhaps 15 or so out of a batch of 50 to start with - usually get beaten on the way not by split necks but loose primer pockets and/or the early signs of case separation.

    I use mainly Lapua or Remington brass and anneal regularly and never develop hot loads - learnt a long time ago we have gravity so nothing shoots 'flat'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A Guy Out West View Post
    IE: 30/06 How many max charges do you run through a case before tossing it? Usually, I use Winchester or Remington brass and shoot it until it needs to be trimmed, then I toss it. This is about 4 or 5 reloadings. I am likely tossing it before it has to go but I always felt it's better to safe than sorry. Now that I have some expensive Nosler brass, I want to use it to it's max.
    You shoot max loads and toss brass when it needs to be trimmed?? Where did you learn to reload? ~Muir

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    i run moderate loads in most of mine
    Norma brass throughout but the .270 and .222 brass sees (or has seen) the most action
    some are well over 15

    rarely require trimming so brass volume is still high

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muir View Post
    You shoot max loads and toss brass when it needs to be trimmed?? Where did you learn to reload? ~Muir
    Muir,
    If I'm shooting a 30/06, that's what I want to be shooting, not a .308, or 30/30, or a 300 mag, but a true 30/06. That is why I use max loads. 99% of the brass I use for reloading has been free. Up until recently, I could collect enough free brass at our clubs annual sight in days, to last me years. With the recent shortage of all shooting components, I actually had to buy some brass. I bought the best stuff they had, Nosler. I had a case head seperation in a .22 LR Ruger pistol once. I have been kind of paranoid about a case head seperation ever since. That seperation on the little .22 shot hot gas into my eye and face and gave me a minor burn on my hand and turned it black! My fist thought was man am I glad this wasn't the .270 or 30/06. Using Federal brass, I have gotten loose primer pockets with 4 or 5 reloadings. Black around the primer pocket and when reloading the primer was too easy to press into place. I always thought why chance it, do 5 and start over. I would not have guess a case would take 20 or more reloadings. I have heard of people getting many reloads, especially if just neck sizing. I have never heard of a really reliable method of knowing when the case is going to seperate. Yes, there is the ring, and you can bend a paper clip at a right angle and "feel" aroud down by the head for a crack begining, and other things. Since my brass had been free all these years, I always thought why fool around with it. Anyway, now that I'm having to buy brass, I'm looking for a way to make it last, especially at the cost of the Nosler product. As I don't know everything, I posted a question about it. Perhaps you can enlighten me of when you know exactly when it's time for a new case. I learned to load when I was 17 by reading the Lyman reloading manual. I bought their Expert Reloading Kit and went to town with it. I am 54 now and have never had a reloading accident. I always enjoy learning from others.
    Last edited by A Guy Out West; 10-08-2015 at 16:27.

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    until I hear it ring in the cleaner its a sound that most reloaders can hear even with bad ears lol, then its gone but I had hundreds of each cal so most of the time it just got lost out of the seat ,
    Last edited by paul o'; 10-08-2015 at 17:39.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deeangeo View Post
    I use Rem & Fed .25-06 cases and anneal after each four reloads...cases are originals & 13 years old. They have been reloaded many times. Still look & perform like new. My loads are max MV i.e. 100gn bullet @ 3250fpsMV
    All cases trimmed after each firing & F/L resized to fired headspace dimension.
    That's amazing, 13 year old cases out of a 25/06 at max. I'm gonna have to venture out of my comfort zone. Have you ever had a case head seperation? Has anyone?

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