Brass That is Getting Tired

RL338

Handloader
Mar 23, 2017
769
677
Spent some time today killing some paper with the 223. I needed to finish off a box for some brass for my next bullet to try. This was a proven load with RL12 with Federal 62gr Fusions. I decided to try for a 40 shot group.
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After a while you lose your bearings on your point of aim when it is shot up. However I was getting some flyers. Well later I was depriming the brass and notice some necks were splitting or showing creases in the necks.
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When this brass was new 4 pieces out of the bag were showing signs of splitting. Called Winchester up and they sent me a RGA label to send those 4pcs back to them. They cut me a check for the full value I spent on the bag. In fact I have several 100 Winchester cases I use for free because of issues with their brass. At least they stand behind their brass.
Back to today , this was the 8th firing on this brass with annealing each time. I culled 13 pcs today bring me down to 65 of the original 100.
 

Joec7651

Handloader
Apr 7, 2019
564
257
I’ve had very consistent results with Lake City brass with regards to accuracy. It has also provided some fairly impressive reload mileage. I bought 1000 pieces from Grafs a few years back and have 11 firings on 250 of those cases. All shot from 2 AR-15’s I built. One 24” nitride barreled and the other a fluted stainless 20”. Even though it’s not match brass I’m a little anal about prep and documenting the number of loads. I also fire all 250 rounds before loading any of them again.
Its hard brass with the exception of necks and shoulders, which I anneal after 3 loadings. I FL size and load with Redding dies. They aren’t max loads but are loaded to 5.56 pressure and used for hunting and range time alike. I don’t usually load plinking loads. I always catch my brass even though it’s a semi auto. Theres a light mesh catch bag that straps to the rifle. It fits over the ejection port. That way I don’t have to police my brass.
 

RL338

Handloader
Mar 23, 2017
769
677
Took the 223 out today along with the 35 Whelen and 416WBY. Doing some work with 55gr TTSX Barnes , no groups just some powder tests. However I grabbed my box of 70gr VLDs to pass some time rotating with other rifles. I’ve been shooting free recoil with this rifle lately and I think it helps.
3shot group
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5shot group
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KinleyWater

Handloader
Jun 15, 2019
424
388
Good stuff. I often find myself being a "good enough" sort of shooter, but it sure is nice printing tight groups like that.
 

RL338

Handloader
Mar 23, 2017
769
677
Good stuff. I often find myself being a "good enough" sort of shooter, but it sure is nice printing tight groups like that.
I recently past 1200 rounds in this rifle and I believe it’s in it’s prime now. This rifle loves RL12 for some odd reason. The load with the 70gr Bergers is with Varget ,it’s other favorite.
 
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