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Nickle vs Brass Cases
Discussion regarding the reloading of ammunition and tuning of loads for accuracy
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What is better:
Nickle
14%
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Brass
85%
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2006 6:47 pm    Post subject: Nickle vs Brass Cases Reply with quote

What do you prefer and why ?? Confused

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2006 9:44 pm    Post subject: Re: Nickle vs Brass Cases Reply with quote

Have used nickel .357 cases in the past, but only because they started off as factory loads. Apart from that I only ever bought and used brass cases.

I believe that brass is much more user friendly and also shows developing problems before nickel cases do.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2006 12:21 am    Post subject: Re: Nickle vs Brass Cases Reply with quote

I began shooting with plated brass for my 357. I would load it a few times and the neck would split. I trimmed them down to 38 spl length and load them a few more times. It wasn't until I got my 357 Maximum that I found out why the nickel cases were splitting. Now I use only brass cases - no plated cases in my reloads. When I switch the 357 mag to brass cases they stopped splitting. I do still have a few 38 spl cases headstamped 357 but I don't load plated cases for anything else.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2006 1:08 am    Post subject: Re: Nickle vs Brass Cases Reply with quote

Nickel is a tough material. Try drillin a hole in a nickel. Then heat a nickel with a torch, let it cool then try drillin it. It does get harder, just like in a fired case. Hence the split cases.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2006 5:18 pm    Post subject: Re: Nickle vs Brass Cases Reply with quote

I like brass better, nickel is too brittle.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2006 6:09 pm    Post subject: Re: Nickle vs Brass Cases Reply with quote

I would chose brass.

from what I have read and heard, brass last longer, and is easier on your reloading equipment, becuase it is softer, nickel is not as forgiving, like the other guys in above post have said.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2006 9:59 am    Post subject: Re: Nickle vs Brass Cases Reply with quote

I have not found one good thing about nickel cases in 37 years of handloading.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2006 6:49 pm    Post subject: Re: Nickle vs Brass Cases Reply with quote

I'll reload nickel cases 1 time then leave them for some one else to get, Dont care for them at all.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 25, 2006 2:34 pm    Post subject: Re: Nickle vs Brass Cases Reply with quote

I have used both extensively and while I prefer Brass, I have never had any problem with performance or longevity of nickle cases… The one “different” thing about nickel cases is that they don’t seem to “grow” as much when you FL size them.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 28, 2006 6:24 pm    Post subject: Re: Nickle vs Brass Cases Reply with quote

My problem with nickel cases is they're terribly tough on the reloading dies, and they dull your neck bevelling tool. I don't use them at all. Best wishes.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2006 8:22 pm    Post subject: Re: Nickle vs Brass Cases Reply with quote

Guess this isnt one of thouse reloading questions with 2 camps of "thought" with different veiws. It seems to be pretty much the same school of thought on this Smile

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