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General Gun Discussion => Ammunition and Re-Loading => Topic started by: Just Bill on October 18, 2017, 10:48:40 PM

Title: reloading .45
Post by: Just Bill on October 18, 2017, 10:48:40 PM
How many times can you reload .45 brass.  Low to mid end of power, not hot loads.  I have seen anywhere from 5 to almost unlimited.  I saw one guy that said he has been reloading the same brass since 1985.  They say .45 brass shrinks, unlike rifle brass.  Jamming the cartridge into the chamber, then slamming it onto the breech actually shrinks it.  There is a point at which it becomes not too good to reload, but I am not sure where that is.

Bill T
Title: Re: reloading .45
Post by: Tonym on October 22, 2017, 09:20:38 PM
I dont even count the number of reloads on my straight wall pistol brass. .45 asp is pretty low pressure so itll last you a while. Just pay attention to your primer pockets and watch for cracks.  Any shrinking that would happen loading into the chamber would be pretty insignificant compared to the expanding when its fired and then the shrinking again when you resize it.
Title: Re: reloading .45
Post by: Just Bill on October 22, 2017, 10:56:24 PM
I have searched the net and find everything from 10-12 to 'I have been loading the same brass since 1985'.  For target loads, I suspect the number is high.  For hotter loads, I would check the brass carefully.

BT
Title: Re: reloading .45
Post by: Clarence on October 23, 2017, 10:18:33 AM
For necked down rifle cases, annelling is commonly done.  Difficult for a short straight wall case as you need to keep the heat off of the primer end.  Does not seem worth the hassle for commonly available brass like .45 ACP
Title: Re: reloading .45
Post by: ampb5rider on May 04, 2018, 06:02:40 PM
When the case cracks, I've shot and reloaded countless times, I've even shot the crack case rounds. If I find one prior to loading I'll set aside as I wouldn't want a miss feed because the crack will allow the case to expand during it's travel up the feed ramp.
Title: Re: reloading .45
Post by: greymas on May 07, 2018, 01:58:05 AM
I end up losing them before they go bad.
Title: Re: reloading .45
Post by: Radnor on May 07, 2018, 11:44:26 AM
I end up losing them before they go bad.


What he said ^^^

PLUS, I load a FULL power load.  I personally do not want to go from a low to mid range load
and have to shoot carry ammo and have a pause because of the difference in how they shoot.
Title: Re: reloading .45
Post by: Radnor on September 15, 2020, 12:02:23 PM
Yesterday found 45 bullets IN STOCK. Bought 2k. Was giving 4k serious thought. Came home from AP and looked again if still in stock was going to order more.

GONE.....
Title: Re: reloading .45
Post by: Radnor on December 05, 2020, 09:55:51 PM
Ammo Fairy just left 400 freshly made 45s here.
Hopefully next week she'll leave another 400-600.
Title: Re: reloading .45
Post by: Just Bill on December 05, 2020, 10:18:59 PM
I think I might have 100 XTP.  How about 9MM??
Title: Re: reloading .45
Post by: Radnor on December 05, 2020, 10:40:42 PM
The fairy left 9 long ago.  I dont shoot 9 too much.

Was going to get either a 9 or 45 carbine then Covid hit....
Title: Re: reloading .45
Post by: TwistedKarma on December 05, 2020, 11:11:29 PM
Tie that fairy up
Title: Re: reloading .45
Post by: ampb5rider on January 25, 2021, 07:46:49 PM
Reload until it cracks. I've been reloading a long time. Shot a lot of 45 and will continue to. I don't even worry about it.