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Old 08-13-2007, 08:04 AM   #1
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Reloading machinegun fired brass

I'm looking for .308 military brass. Jeff Bartlett seems to be the only source that has any; problem is, it has all been fired in machineguns. I've always heard that you shouldn't try to reload such brass because of stress or stretching or somesuch.

Do any of you guys have experience reloading MG brass? If so, how many loadings do you get out of it?

Thanks in advance for your help.

RIKA



 
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Old 08-13-2007, 05:39 PM   #2
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yes i use it all the time. the only real differance between brass that has been fired in a machinegun and brass thats been fired from say a m-14, is that you mite get a couple less reloads out of it before it goes south. not really a big issue though. i have 308 brass that was fired in a machine gun that has been reloaded more than 20 times. now for my target guns its only neck sized, most of the time. but the m1-a's can't tell if its new or not, and i use a small base die to size for it. what takes the life out of brass is full length sizing, and hot loads. combine the two and your brass will not last as long as you wuld like. Rika i have some 30.06 brass that have been loaded with moderate loads for my m-1 garand that i have been loading for over 20 yrs. when it fails i replace it, i've not had any real problems with it. oh if your dies are setup incorrectly it can be hard on the brass as well. on the whole i don't care what the brass has been fired in as long as its from the same lot, i could care less.
 
Old 08-14-2007, 04:20 AM   #3
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Thanks NH. I will get some .308 brass now.

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