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Old 03-09-2019, 03:17 PM
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9mm loading

Do you sort your brass by headstamp or mix and load
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Old 03-09-2019, 03:31 PM
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Load mixed. Pull out any with crimped primers and the ones with that shelf inside them that lowers internal volume. Other than that they all go through the machine.

I toss the crimped primers as I have a ton of 9mm brass. Same with the weird ones that have the small internal volume.
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Old 03-09-2019, 03:54 PM
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I don't sort.
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Old 03-09-2019, 04:15 PM
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I only sort by caliber. Not too worried about head stamps.
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Old 03-09-2019, 07:29 PM
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I do not sort.
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Old 03-09-2019, 07:40 PM
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+1 on no sorting here either! I don't really care about head stamp on handgun ammo.
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Old 03-09-2019, 08:23 PM
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I've reloaded probably 10,000 rounds of 9mm and have never worried about headstamps, except...for that dreaded "WCC" headstamp. This is a military grade 9mm. The problem is that these rounds have crimped primers. Once the primers are inserted into the cartridges, some type of tool deforms the metal around the circumference of the primer to "lock" the primer in the pocket. It's no problem pressing these primers out with the decapping die, but the pocket does not have the nice, normal roundover at the start of the primer pocket. So it is very easy for primers to get crushed trying to force them into the primer pocket.

There are two options. If you buy or pickup plenty of brass, just toss them. The other option is to sort them out and purchase a primer pocket reaming tool that will put the chamfer on the primer pocket.

You'll probably run into other military cases with crimped in primers. Most of these primers also have a sealant applied, so you'll usually see a red ring around the primer pocket, which is the sealant.

My opinion...just toss them. They cause you to cuss way too much.
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Old 03-10-2019, 06:58 AM
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I sort all calibers by headstamp, ocd I guess. I had a lot of issues with Armscor brass and some other off brands so that’s how it started. I don’t believe it makes an accuracy difference just more consistent while loading.
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Old 03-10-2019, 07:38 AM
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No, not really !!!

As I check each piece of brass for faults, I toss what has issues or other problems. The remaining goes into a bucket to get reloaded. Mixed headstamps, don't really care for target shooting.

For more accurate shooting, then I load by headstamps.
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Old 03-10-2019, 07:50 AM
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I don't sort for semiauto pistol calibers
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Old 03-10-2019, 09:09 AM
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Mixed headstamps. I separate brass from nickel. No reason, just OCD.

I do look inside the case for stepped brass as I feed it. I toss those. They rip leaving a ring of brass inside the chamber of my PCC that stops the gun.
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Old 03-10-2019, 10:48 AM
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For precision shooting I will use WIn/Fed the rest for "combat" shooting games.

Where precision pistol championships are measured in parts of inches it pays to eliminate as many variables as possible.

The good news I have several 5 gallon buckets of 9mm brass!

Full disclosure: I was the Rangemaster charged with "cleaning up" the Sheriff's range. They left out the part about what to do with the brass!
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Old 03-10-2019, 10:53 AM
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I will pluck out some WIN for consistency in chronograph or rest test ammo.
Mixed is good enough for IDPA and USPSA.
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Old 03-10-2019, 10:58 AM
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I am a bullseye shooter. I sort the brass. I try to keep only a few brands. I have abouth 1,000 45 ACP WCC 1982 MATCH brass that I cherish.

I sort 9mm for Bullseye.

I do load the oddball stuff for steel bowling pins at 25 feet. Its the same for all pistol and revolver calibers.

380 no sorting.

Once I found its worth the time for Buyllseye or precision rifle, I can't stop.

I know its not worth the time for shooting steel.

I now load for my wife and daughter. I am less picky, especailly for practice stuff.

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Old 03-10-2019, 11:09 AM
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It depends on the mission.
In the case of 9mm reloads for close range practice, no sorting is required.

If I'm paying an entry fee for a prize shooting contest, I'm going to sort the brass because that will definitely increase my odds of winning.

I did some tests on the effect of shifting point of impact with different brass and the result was surprising. Read post 22 on this thread.
https://2ahawaii.com/index.php?topic=7656.20
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Old 03-10-2019, 11:28 AM
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I sort all my brass by headstamp, 9mm and 45. Got into that habit a very long time ago and so I always just do it. Is it necessary, probably not. Will I keep doing it, yep.
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Old 03-10-2019, 12:41 PM
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Mixed. Headstamps but run a strong magnet over them after cleaning to get rid of the brass coated steel.
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Old 03-11-2019, 06:06 AM
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I do not sort 9mm by name brand. I have never noted any issues with range reloads of mixed casings. I do however separate brass vs. nickel and reload separately as I do not like the different feel, when I size a nickel case in the mix of brass. Just my own little hang up, that affects nothing in the grand scheme of things.
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Old 03-11-2019, 11:52 AM
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I do sort. I just check each headstamp before it goes onto my progressive press. This has saved me on numerous occasions finding NATO brass, 380 cases, and crappy brass like CBC/magtech, Aguila (with crimp around casewall), Tulabrass (internal step), Freedom Munitions "FM" (internal step), AMERC to name a few. They all create a bulge with 147 gr blue bullets and will not chamber. Nothing worse than a locked up gun during a IDPA/USPSA match....ask me how I know...
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Old 03-11-2019, 12:03 PM
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Only for revolver. Otherwise, I load what I pickup.
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Old 03-11-2019, 12:03 PM
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Same story here, I admit to being a range scrounge, with permission from other shooters, and all I do is use a nice 16# magnet pick up tool I got off Amazon to cull out any steel case. There always seem to be a few.

Other than that? Tumble, load, shoot, repeat.
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Old 03-11-2019, 01:50 PM
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I inspect every case I reload. So, it's no big deal to glance at the headstamp and toss the case in a separate pile. I will sort brass when I'm working up a load (handguns) and when I find a good load, I will relax my requirements and shoot some mixed. If the load stays the same (as most do) I continue with mixed brass...
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Old 03-12-2019, 07:49 PM
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I sort everything by headstamp. I find I get more uniform OAL and crimps. I toss the military crimps while I'm sorting.
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Old 03-12-2019, 08:00 PM
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Mixed brass. I sort to toss out the unsuitable stuff, though.
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Old 03-12-2019, 08:54 PM
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Mixed headstamps. I separate brass from nickel. No reason, just OCD.

I do look inside the case for stepped brass as I feed it. I toss those. They rip leaving a ring of brass inside the chamber of my PCC that stops the gun.
What does step brass look like? Not sure I have seen this before.
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