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Posted: 9/8/2010 11:15:29 AM EST
Hey Guys, I just got back from the shooting range. Someone ditched over 100 new nicklel plated cases. I have loaded hundreds of .357 brass cases but have no experience with nickel cases. I load with RCBS carbide sizing dies and just wondered if there is any special precautions to take or if they and not good to reload. Thanks for any help you can give me
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 11:23:35 AM EST
They reload fine, they just don't last as long. I've been told that attempts to anneal the cases cause the nickel plating to come off in places, it being more brittle than the brass under it. (hear-say only)
Others probably have direct experience.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 11:50:24 AM EST
Very slippery. At first I avoided them. Now I like them
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 12:11:16 PM EST
I like them just fine.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 5:12:52 PM EST
They load just like brass, no special prep needed.

Very slick, I like them.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 5:58:07 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 6:24:25 PM EST
load them up then you'll have your experience with them.

Nickel brass shines up extra nice vs. brass brass.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 6:58:26 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 8:12:37 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/8/2010 8:13:08 PM EST by 1903pa]
I like nickel plated cases if for no other reason than, that they clean up easier. I think they also resist corrosion a little better than brass.
As for wear out, I have so much range brass that it doesn't really matter to me.
Performance wise I see no difference.
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 4:54:07 AM EST
Thanks guys for the info. I will load them up and see how they work for me. Thanks again.
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 7:08:56 AM EST

Originally Posted By GWhis:
They reload fine, they just don't last as long. I've been told that attempts to anneal the cases cause the nickel plating to come off in places, it being more brittle than the brass under it. (hear-say only)
Others probably have direct experience.

I have had "some" luck annealing nickel. However I for a long time thought I had made about 40-50 of these (7mmTCU from Rem nickel 223) but have not been able find them and thought they got lost when I moved. Now I'm beginning to wonder if I ever did make them. (IIRC I do have a reloading label that says nickel)


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