Steel Case Ammo Reloading

Discussion in 'Reloading Room' started by Robert Block, Nov 21, 2020.

  1. Robert Block

    Robert Block Member

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    I have a bunch of steel cased 380 and 40 steel cases. As with any reloading there are some inherent problems.
    1) is it possible to reload steel case if trimmed properly
    2) what are the pros in reloading steel cases
    3) what are the cons to reloading steel case.

    I know you shouldn't reload aluminum cases buy are there good possibilities in reloading steel case.
    I have an excellent crimper buy do I need to size them better than say brass.
    Please help message on ammo.
     
  2. TNTRAILERTRASH

    TNTRAILERTRASH Supporting Member

    My brother did that during the Obummer ammo shortage. Aluminum too. Not on a very large scale. This will probably get moved to the reloading section.
     

  3. Robert Block

    Robert Block Member

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    Sorry, couldn't see reloading so thought general discussion would work
     
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  4. TNTRAILERTRASH

    TNTRAILERTRASH Supporting Member

    Rach will probably move it for you. On the phone with bro right now asking him about it. Says steel will tear up your dies. Never had any problems with aluminum.
     
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  5. greg_r

    greg_r Lifetime Supporter

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    I have a pretty good supply of Boxer primed 45 acp steel cases. I have reloaded about 100 of them and they worked just fine. I will not reload any more though, just saving them should ammunition be hard to find again.
     
  6. Robert Block

    Robert Block Member

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    Just wondering since I have tungsten carbide hardened die sets if it will chew my dies up? Should I use a bit of lube on the dies?
     
  7. histed

    histed Supporting Member

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    Steel is a pain, though greg-r has done it and so have I. I don't like doing it since I think it chews up dies - all dies. Aluminium OTOH work fine for me. I have .45 ACP cases I've loaded 8 or 9 times that are still going strong
     
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  8. moona11

    moona11 King of you Monkeys Lifetime Supporter

    I've reloaded aluminum and steel. It works. But I would only do if I was in dire need for ammo and then only reuse it 1 or 2 times maximum
     
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  9. shepherd321

    shepherd321 Supporting Member

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    wear safety glasses when shooting, or agree to post injury pictures for us.
     
  10. moona11

    moona11 King of you Monkeys Lifetime Supporter

    Okay champ. Learn to read
     
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  11. moona11

    moona11 King of you Monkeys Lifetime Supporter

    According to one guy your a dangerous reloader
     
  12. TNTRAILERTRASH

    TNTRAILERTRASH Supporting Member

    Yep. Bro said they chew up his CARBIDE dies.
     
  13. histed

    histed Supporting Member

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    Heard that from people who aren't.
     
  14. Rachgier

    Rachgier Administrator Staff Member

    They'll tear up any die unless you use more lube.

    There's a rule in my house. "If you don't know, don't speak." You wouldn't be allowed to do much talking at my house.
     
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  15. histed

    histed Supporting Member

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    I'd be good with that. Learn better with my mouth shut. Always willing to learn
     
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  16. Rachgier

    Rachgier Administrator Staff Member

    Well I had to resist the urge to tell him he sounds like the water boy with all the "My momma said..." type posts. Then make some obscure reference to the medulla oblongata or Vicky Vallencourt.


    So here's one we can all fathom:

    Reloading steel case is like anal sex. Don't skimp on the lube and go slow until it's all the way in, otherwise you'll just tear shit up.
     
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  17. TNTRAILERTRASH

    TNTRAILERTRASH Supporting Member

    Well excuse the dogshit out of me!! Sorry I don't add up to your expectations. That's life on the internet. How do you know he didn't use plenty of lube? He runs at a very high volume loading for himself and his wife.

    Take a valium, drink a beer.
     
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  18. Rachgier

    Rachgier Administrator Staff Member

    You don't reload, so you don't know. You don't even know what the person did that you're basing your answer on.

    So just don't speak.
     
  19. SWAGA

    SWAGA No longer broke... Lifetime Supporter

    Can I talk now?
    Thought this vid from AmmoChannel was pretty edumecational.
    Reloading steel 7.62x39

    Converting 54r to large rifle primers.

    Now if all this jive is worth doing for pistol ammo...I dunno.
     
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  20. Rachgier

    Rachgier Administrator Staff Member

    @SWAGA , what's your point? We're talking reloading steel cases, not coverting berdan to boxer primers...

    All my steel case ammo is boxer primed.
     
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