Nickle brass question.

Discussion in 'Reloading Forum (All Calibers)' started by Pa.Mike, Oct 21, 2019.

  1. Pa.Mike

    Pa.Mike Silver $$ Contributor

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    I have never handloaded Nickle plated brass before and I am planning on loading a test batch of 7mm br rounds for my stock XP-100. Are there any particular things that I should or need to be aware of or does it act the same as standard rifle brass ? Thank you for any advice you may have !
     
  2. Dusty Stevens

    Dusty Stevens COVFEFE- Thread Derail Crew Gold $$ Contributor

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    Load it like normal
     
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  3. edwardware

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    Yes. Nickle is quite hard, and will flake during use, introducing particles into the bore. These may become embedded. This can be somewhat reduced by not trimming or chamfering, and carefully brushing necks; it can not be eliminated.

    Will you ever notice the difference? Probably not in a pistol
     
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  4. Straightshooter1

    Straightshooter1 Gold $$ Contributor

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    Last year I picked up about 30 rounds of .308 nickle plated range brass and was curious as to how they might work out. I processed the same as I do my other precision tuned cartridges (and as you can see in the pic below, yes . . . I even turned the necks). There's 4 firings on them and they've worked just fine and not really any different than my other brass of the same manufacturer. Seems you can just proceed to load them just as you wound your "standard" brass.

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  5. JohnD

    JohnD Silver $$ Contributor

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    Being harder than brass make sure it’s kept very clean during the sizing process or it could score your die. I’ve used some Winchester nickel and never had a problem.

    John
     
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