Nickle vs Brass

Nickle vs Brass

Nickle Plated Brass vs Regular Brass…Which one is better. This debate has been going on longer than who’s hotter…Ginger or Mary Ann?? Nickle Brass has several advantages over Regular Brass. Its corrosion resistant, feeds smoother and looks nice. Its disadvantages are its more expensive, harder and may flake. The corrosian restance of nickle in the best reasons to use it for long term storage and hunting. I’ve been on several hunting trips were rain and cold weather induced condensation were common on both ammunition and rifle. After a week in the woods the brass ammunation needed a bath in the tumbler with a little polish. I admit at the end of each day I could of gave each round a daily wipedown with a silicon cloth but had better things to do around the camp fire. On other hunting trips the nickle plated ammunition looked like new. For auto loading rifles and pistols smooth operation is key. The smoothness of the nickle makes loading and extraction much easier. Especially in an other than indoor-range enviroment. One story that I heard from a fellow hunter was they were hunting deer with AR15s chambered in 300 Blackout. This is an excellent combination due to its low recoil for youth and ladies and the terminal performance of the 30cal is devistating inside 100 yards. The hunt went well with the group taking two deer in a three day period. All guns were unloaded and cased for the drive home. What went unnoticed was one round was stuck in the chamber. The AR15 Bolt was unable to extract this perfect but slightly corroded round from a dirty chamber. The round was removed with a screw driver using next to no effort. I doubt this would have happened with nickle plated brass and daily cleaning. Two important things to note are clean rifles and brass are extreemly important and always assume any gun is always loaded. Always check the chamber after unloading any weapon. This should be common practice and is mandentory after each drill during my LEO Requall. Stuff happens to thoes who are ill trained, prepared and/or excercise poor habits. Good thing this was caught. Smooth feeding is paramount in auto loading rifles. I personally prefer to use only nickle plated brass in my Match...

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RCBS Lube Die

RCBS Lube Die

So… I am one of those guys that likes to skip out on all the tedious rolling around and getting things lubed up, I like to just Get in there and starting pounding it out!

To help me with the foreplay of pressing rounds I decided to get the RCBS Lube Die to save me time and allow me to focus on the rest of the reloading process. Let’s take a quick look at at what you get.

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Reloading – Part 1 – Is it for you?

Reloading – Part 1 – Is it for you?

People often ask about reloading…they’ve heard of it, they understand that you’re “making your own bullets”, but that’s the extent of their knowledge. In fact, when I’m at the range and I ask the other shooters if they mind that I sweep up their brass if they aren’t going to use it…I’m often looked at like I’m some poor hobo asking for change (granted, you can catch me dumpster diving if I see match grade brass in the bin!).  So I guess there is a basic lack of understanding of what reloading is and why we do it. Briefly, there are a few main reasons to reload. I’ll expound more on reloading in future articles. #1 Saving money! Granted, there is a bit of an initial investment in the tools needed to reload your own ammo, but when you factor in that you can save 40%-60% over a box of factory ammo, the equipment can quickly pay for itself and everything after that is just icing. #2 Precision! What? You think the factory “match” ammo is the end all, be all of accuracy and consistency? Remember, the factories are making ammunition that works in everyone’s guns, at the cheapest they can, and still be safely within SAAMI specs. Where as you can go on with your OCD self and dial in consistency four digits past the decimal, tuned *exactly* how your firearm likes it…all while saving 40%-60% per round. That’s precision! #3 Relaxing. Yes, absolutely. Some people veg in front of the TV, some go to a spa, while I personally really like sitting down at the reloading press with some of my favorite tunes in the background, and churn out the finest ammo I can; all while day dreaming about how relaxing it’s going to be to hit the range and practice. #4 SHTF/Survival/Preparedness/Manlymanness (yes, that’s far from being a word, but it fits here). Seriously, for those of you who are prepping (and/or wishing) for The End Of The World As We Know It (TEOTWAWKI), wouldn’t it be a great skill to have handy? Hell, I even know people that swage their own projectiles from brass scraps and lead wheel weights!   Who probably...

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