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Posted: 2/16/2013 3:22:30 PM EDT
The case on the right is Winchester. Is this normal for the flash hole? Or is this waste brass?
Link Posted: 2/16/2013 3:38:08 PM EDT
I can't speak to if it's safe to use or not, but I would scrap it. Better safe than sorry...
Link Posted: 2/16/2013 3:58:04 PM EDT
Scrap it. It's only 45
Link Posted: 2/16/2013 4:10:28 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/16/2013 4:11:07 PM EDT by 243winxb]
http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=259611 "A larger than normal flash hole may change the ignition rate and result in dangerous pressure." From Alliant's 2013 powder guide.
Link Posted: 2/16/2013 4:32:24 PM EDT
Looks to me like that one was drilled larger for shooting wax or plastic bullets with primers only.
Link Posted: 2/16/2013 4:48:07 PM EDT
scrap it. This is why inspecting each case before reloading is important
Link Posted: 2/16/2013 5:56:38 PM EDT
Thanks guys. I had a feeling it was a no go.. I did notice that the Federal and Speer brass have slightly larger flash holes than CCI, RP, PPU, Top brass and all the others I have found but not crazy large like the few pieces of Winchester stuff I found.
Link Posted: 2/16/2013 6:10:24 PM EDT
I have loaded some of those but I always used non-mag primers and a really light load. Like 15% less than max. I also only use them in a short barrel pistol. No problems.......yet.

The ones that I inspected after firing looked as if the primer may have risen a little. Not deformed though. More surface are for lift or too much pressure.

The rounds were just for fuction practice so I didn't care about accuracy.
Link Posted: 2/16/2013 6:16:15 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/16/2013 6:16:33 PM EDT by montecarlo97]
Stuff a piece of glue stick about 1/2 inch long in it, insert magnum primer and youve got a short range stray dog round.
Link Posted: 2/16/2013 6:41:37 PM EDT
That's their non-toxic round I believe. I've found tons of it and reload it no problem.
Link Posted: 2/16/2013 6:56:32 PM EDT

Originally Posted By SaturationTech:
That's their non-toxic round I believe. I've found tons of it and reload it no problem.

NT would have small primer pockets, less priming compound = less toxic by products
Link Posted: 2/16/2013 6:58:58 PM EDT
Originally Posted By AssaultRifler:

Originally Posted By SaturationTech:
That's their non-toxic round I believe. I've found tons of it and reload it no problem.

NT would have small primer pockets, less priming compound = less toxic by products


Plus it's usually headstamped "WIN NT" instead of "Winchester".

I have hundreds of pieces of it in .40 S&W.
Link Posted: 2/16/2013 7:12:37 PM EDT
I did a bunch of research when I first came across these. Everything pointed to the earlier version of the Win-Clean line using a lead free primer, before the switch to small primer pockets.
Link Posted: 2/16/2013 7:33:31 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/16/2013 7:54:19 PM EDT
Now you've got me nervous. I've got 1K of once fire brass stamped "WIN NT 5.56MM" with crimped primers.
Flash holes mic the same size as my LC 5.56. Is this brass ok for reloading to .223 pressure levels?
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