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That backfired...

Postby The German » Mon Mar 25, 2013 7:52 pm

Went to the range on Sunday and blasted through a hundred rounds of .45 and of course took the big broom to collect all my brass (and whatever the broom could reach.... you know how that goes ....). So, when I got back, the usual process - hand sorting the brass, running them through the tumbler, enjoying the shiny clean brass that comes out and dump it in the box with the other 800+ .45 ACP shells that are waiting to fulfill their destiny.

Well, in hindsight, collecting all the brass that was unclaimed and in reach was a terrible idea. When I started reloading the .45, suddenly there was a problem with seating the primer. Happens once in a while and with the LEE Loadmaster, troubleshooting is sometimes part of the game, but this time, no matter how much I tried, I could not get a primer set. Took me about 5 minutes and several attempts until the light bulb in the head went on and I remembered that there was actually .45 ACP brass with a small pistol primer pocket.... double checked and yes, there was one black sheep in the press.

Now, the part that really made this a bad thing is that I dumped all the newly collected brass in the big box and now I had to go through almost 1000 brass to find the ones with the small primer. Found 20 and hope that was it.... Will take a big hammer later and turn them into recycle material... and will enjoy it :lol:

Next time, I will (probably) just stick to the brass that I brought when picking it up.... well, probably.
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Re: That backfired...

Postby JustaShooter » Mon Mar 25, 2013 8:20 pm

I'd be inclined to collect it and sell it once I got enough - there are folks that are getting rid of their large primer .45ACB brass and moving to small primer.
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Re: That backfired...

Postby tbram88 » Mon Mar 25, 2013 9:21 pm

I'm saving all my sp .45 brass and when I get enough to be worth it I can trade them for lp.

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Re: That backfired...

Postby evan price » Mon Mar 25, 2013 9:28 pm

I switched over to small primer 45s myself. That way I only need to stock a few large primers anymore. They shoot just as well, and since nobody wants them I get them for free. I sell all my large primer 45s. I know a couple people who reload commercially that like the small primer 45s too.
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Re: That backfired...

Postby hershey » Tue Mar 26, 2013 8:17 pm

i wish it was only 20 per thousand on my end. I ended up w/ about 20% of my brass being small primer, w/ just enough GAP ammo to really iritate things. i ran 1000rds which should last till next winter, but them small primers sure slowed things down. I will either switch to small if i accumulate enough, or work a trade. mine is all range brass mostly from ccw classes, i am guessing new manufacture stuff is making the switch, as it only just showed up in the last batch(sorted every winter).
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Re: That backfired...

Postby evan price » Wed Mar 27, 2013 12:45 am

hershey wrote:i wish it was only 20 per thousand on my end. I ended up w/ about 20% of my brass being small primer, w/ just enough GAP ammo to really iritate things. i ran 1000rds which should last till next winter, but them small primers sure slowed things down. I will either switch to small if i accumulate enough, or work a trade. mine is all range brass mostly from ccw classes, i am guessing new manufacture stuff is making the switch, as it only just showed up in the last batch(sorted every winter).

Winchester's Non Toxic was the first I recall seeing (WIN NT headstamp) but now the ATK headstamps (Federal, CCI, Speer, Blazer) have started switching over. 4 years ago I was seeing less than 10% small primer 45s. Now I see 25% and it is getting higher.
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Re: That backfired...

Postby hAkron » Thu Apr 18, 2013 11:04 pm

No need to discard them. Save them in a separate container. When you have enough, trade them, or run a batch of small.
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Re: That backfired...

Postby OhioPaints » Fri Apr 19, 2013 6:41 am

I would separate them and either trade or keep in a bucket for a rainy day.

I know, they are a PITA. Fortunately, I collected all of mine before they came up with the crazy idea.
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Re: That backfired...

Postby Cherokee » Sat Apr 20, 2013 9:05 am

Keep and trade for LP brass, that I what I did last month with 1100 SP cases.
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