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Case life of a SW 500 mag

Thread in 'Reloading' started by Mathew Thatcher, May 18, 2019 at 12:36 AM.

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    Ive been reloading for a sw 500 mag and am on the 3rd round of reloads on the same cases. This may sound like a total beginner type question, but how many times do you guys think I can reload these before I should toss them. I get the whole, look for pressure signs. Do loose primer pockets indicate that they should be discarded? In a batch of 100, I had like 3 that the primers just felt really easy seating
     
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    Loose primer pockets is about all you have with a straight wall case.
     
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    So, should I discard those particular cases? I barely felt any resistance when seating the primer
     
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    That is hard to answer. If a primer blows, it will scorch the firing pin and surrounding area of the gun. It theoretically could, but probably wouldn’t, set off the other rounds in the cylinder. If they went in with no effort, I would toss them into the trash.

    Really the only absolutely correct answer is to not use them.
     
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    I dont toss any brass unless it shows signs of fatigue. Split lips, etc.
    i bet i have some .45lc brass 20yrs old
     
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    Im not saying it does not happen, but in 40yrs of reloading i havent ever seen it
     
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    I'm not the only shooter of this ammo so I will play it safe and discard the loose pocket brass. This ammo is just way too powerful for me to want to take any chances with
     
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    Probably the smart thing to do
     
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    A6709723-2069-49CA-AF0E-D3D5FD7086C5.jpeg I have had blown primers in 45ACP, 9mm, 223, 7mm-08, and 30.06. It always leaves a burn mark on the breech.
     
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    500 mag brass isn’t dat expensive. The fact ur reloading is already saving a lot.

    Btw, have u tried different primers? I think Tula is a bit tighter fit and have u already tried large riffle?

    They say primers are uniform but that’s not always the case. No pun intended


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