Why once fired? Starline sells new brass. I have purchased 1,000 piece boxes of several revolver calibers. I do not think I will ever wear them out. If I do I will just buy another 1,000. I pick up enough .45 ACP and 9mm at the range.
I load 9 and 40. It’s not that I don’t have any. I have a fair amount but I have not tracked it. Some may have been shot twice while others maybe 4 or 5 times. If it looks ok, I don’t lose it at the range or crush it reloading, I shoot it again.
I was thinking of restocking and maybe trying to track it better.
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I have been reloading since about 1974. I would not be surprised if I had .45 ACP brass that I have been using that long. If you are an ace competitive pistol shooter, it might make sense to keep your brass sorted and pay attention to how many times it has been fired. I think most of the people that I know don't worry much about it with pistol brass. Maybe sort by brand or headstand. Rifle shooting, I am more particular. If you buy fired brass, you have no guarantee it is once fired. I think if you are worried about it, you should buy new and keep it sorted. But I think most shooters probably can't shoot well enough to tell what I believe will be a very small difference in accuracy.
What is interesting is at our local ranges that I frequent up until about 4-5 months ago I could find hundreds of rounds of spent brass of various pistol and rifle calibers on the ground when I would go to shoot....Not now - one would think the ranges are being almost swept with a broom (I may exaggerated a little with that comment) but you get my point.....
No more stepping all over spent brass when one goes shooting around here like it used to be.This message has been edited. Last edited by: sigarmsp226,
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My wife had to retake CCW class because her's lapsed last year when she was sick. She picked up brass when others were shooting and came home with a ton. We never shoot at ranges so I don't know if thats the norm or not.
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Originally posted by David W: My wife had to retake CCW class because her's lapsed last year when she was sick. She picked up brass when others were shooting and came home with a ton. We never shoot at ranges so I don't know if thats the norm or not.
We shoot at an indoor range at least once a week and the one we shoot at lets you take all the brass you want, whether it's yours or someone else's as long as the shooter has walked off and left it.
You ask for a good source for once fired brass...and I'll offer this...trust only new, unfired brass you have bought or that you have gleaned from factory fresh round you, yourself, have fired. All else is trusting to someone else's word...Not for me...YMMv Rod
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I don't know if this is useful. But I normally order starline brass. It all showed out of stock unavailable etc. But I just ordered anyway and most if it showed up in less than 2 weeks. Not the 9mm but the .40 and the .45 and the 10mm.
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Originally posted by Rodfac: You ask for a good source for once fired brass...and I'll offer this...trust only new, unfired brass you have bought or that you have gleaned from factory fresh round you, yourself, have fired. All else is trusting to someone else's word...Not for me...YMMv Rod
I'll disagree with that. I've used range pickup that I picked up and also range pickup that others have picked up all my life and never had a single problem with it.
The total amount is definitely in the tens of thousands of cases trouble free.
Just visually inspect it before reloading and you'll be fine.
^^^ agreed. What's the point of reloading if you're paying for brass? I'll buy new occasionally, especially of it's for some kind of high-power rifle caliber that I'm going to be pushing the limits on...but then again you're not likely to find a lot of that kind of stuff lying on the ground, anyway.
Pistol brass and .223 I have loaded thousands and thousands of rounds with range pickup brass. It gets inspected and defective stuff gets culled, but it loads and shoots just fine.
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