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Posted: 10/1/2011 2:23:04 PM EST
is it crap for reloading?...if so, why?
Link Posted: 10/1/2011 2:30:02 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/1/2011 2:32:01 PM EST by goldeyeslayer]
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eta: cliff's notes....thin webs and enlarged primer pockets. I load it for bolt guns, but stay away from it for gas guns. YMMV
Link Posted: 10/1/2011 2:38:10 PM EST
Now this just applies to the large FC lettered brass and not the small letter stuff?

Or does every piece have to be measured...?
Link Posted: 10/1/2011 2:50:37 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/1/2011 2:56:28 PM EST
Originally Posted By AeroE:
As near as I can determine, all the FC brass made in about the last 4 years has thick webs and should be safe to reload. Some people still complain that the heads are soft and suffer from expanded primer pockets after the first time fired.

If you buy brass of unknown vintage, it's simply a crap shoot. I would not rely on the size of the lettering, and I would not expend the effort to prep to load if the primers are crimped.






Send any questionable pieces to me....I know just what to do with it.
Link Posted: 10/1/2011 3:32:55 PM EST
The old brass was crap the newer brass seems ok. Either way it all is oddly short. If you ever come across a FC brass that is long I would throw it out for sure.

Also in the old brass the primers are ridiculously loose also.
Link Posted: 10/1/2011 3:36:07 PM EST
I have been so badly burned by FC brass I simply will not use or recommend it.
Link Posted: 10/1/2011 3:36:16 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/1/2011 4:14:45 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/1/2011 4:15:29 PM EST by 1911smith]
First primer pockets to go from my assorted lots is Federal. A few after second firing and others still hanging tight after 5th firing.

When through 5k assorted that will be the end of Federal. If'n it's not LC, Winchester or LaPua I don't want it in the house.
Link Posted: 10/1/2011 5:59:09 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/2/2011 2:00:25 AM EST
Don't have much experience with the FC .223 brass but I've been reloading the FC M1A .308 brass for a little while now with good results. I've been getting 5 reloads out of it before I toss it no matter what. YMMV
Link Posted: 10/2/2011 2:04:48 AM EST

Originally Posted By AeroE:
As near as I can determine, all the FC brass made in about the last 4 years has thick webs and should be safe to reload. Some people still complain that the heads are soft and suffer from expanded primer pockets after the first time fired.

If you buy brass of unknown vintage, it's simply a crap shoot. I would not rely on the size of the lettering, and I would not expend the effort to prep to load if the primers are crimped.




I agree with this but since the cases aren't year stamped all my FC brass goes straight to scrap bucket. Not like I get a lot of FC brass anymore anways, everyone and their cousin seems to reload or at least saves their brass
Link Posted: 10/2/2011 2:32:21 AM EST
I end up posting this in about every FC brass thread. I guess this one shouldn't be any different.


I have been having very good luck with the newer "FC 223" marked brass. I've heard that Federal took over the Lake City plant several years ago. Now all the brass looks the same once it is sectioned.

Link Posted: 10/2/2011 5:11:49 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/2/2011 6:39:32 AM EST
Federal has not been a problem for me in 223/5.56. Old internet photo > http://i338.photobucket.com/albums/n420/joe1944usa/223web.jpg
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