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TheZouave
01-02-2017, 4:46 PM
So, I have a couple thousand steel .223 cases that have been taking up space, and I am thinking about trying reloading with them. I know that its technically possible, but wanted to see if anyone who reloads steel has any suggestions or information on how to treat them differently than brass (if at all). Do I still run them through a tumbler? I'm getting a stainless steel tumbler, but it seems like a dry vibratory tumbler might be a better idea with steel, to prevent rust. Thoughts, anyone?

Thanks in advance!

JackEllis
01-02-2017, 6:28 PM
I guess it's possible to reload steel cases but perhaps you should ask yourself whether it's worth the hassle. I just bought a thousand once-fired brass cases, cleaned, sized and swaged for 6 cents apiece from a fellow Calgunner. All I have to do is trim to length. I'll probably get at least two reloads from those cases, and possibly more.

I have at least a couple hundred steel cases I picked up at the range, but they're going to the recycler.

Bigtwin
01-02-2017, 6:55 PM
Sure it can be done. There are plenty of YouTube bids showing that.
But is it worth the hassle? For me no.

Bigtwin
01-02-2017, 6:57 PM
*vids....sorry can't edit on the phone.

PatC415
01-02-2017, 7:00 PM
I spent some time trying this when brass ammo prices went thru the roof.
Tumbling takes the coating off. The coating seems to do two things, help with loading and extraction. Once the coating is off, the cases rust outside, and INSIDE. Unless you loaded them all within a few days....
IMO, was not worth the trouble. Tossed them in the scrap pile.

Bumslie
01-02-2017, 7:01 PM
I've done it. With with Berdan cased x39.

It it worth to learn? Sure. Was it fun learning? Yes. Worth it? No.

You'll be lucky to get 2 firings out of them.

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AGGRO
01-02-2017, 7:02 PM
Are they boxer or berdan primed?

Fishslayer
01-02-2017, 7:14 PM
Wolf steel is .22/rd. I would say no. Start shooting brass ammo & reload those. Pick up free brass at the range.

TheZouave
01-02-2017, 7:43 PM
Thanks for the feedback, guys. I really appreciate it. Especially knowing that tumbling takes the coating off, really makes it less attractive. I might try it for when I know I can't collect my brass, and will just be shooting and leaving it.

sbsyncro
01-03-2017, 6:34 AM
I don't know about your range but on any given weekend I can easily scrounge 10 to 20 lbs of 223 brass (some staked primers mostly non-staked). I don't even reload 223 yet and I probably have 30 lbs of brass. It seems really common and few people save it.

baranski
01-03-2017, 7:20 AM
really common and few people save it.

Especially lately.

zapatito92
01-03-2017, 7:24 AM
its probably more worth your while just buying steel cased in bulk....

kcheung2
01-03-2017, 11:45 AM
Without trying too hard I can pick up an extra 100 cases of once-fired brass cases every time I go to the range, so there's no reason for me to experiment with steel cases.

dkonrai
01-03-2017, 7:08 PM
I don't know about your range but on any given weekend I can easily scrounge 10 to 20 lbs of 223 brass (some staked primers mostly non-staked). I don't even reload 223 yet and I probably have 30 lbs of brass. It seems really common and few people save it.
Um what range?

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sbsyncro
01-03-2017, 7:41 PM
Um what range?

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In fairness, I probably should have said 5-10 lbs. and "easily" applies mostly to the fair weather months. I'd say this past Monday (range was closed to public) I could have picked up about 300-500 rounds and it was overcast and 40 out.

I do love it when the guys with their shiny new AR-10s come and do mag dumps with their store-bought Winchester and Remington 308! (whoopee - free .308 brass day!)

dkonrai
01-03-2017, 7:54 PM
In fairness, I probably should have said 5-10 lbs. and "easily" applies mostly to the fair weather months. I'd say this past Monday (range was closed to public) I could have picked up about 300-500 rounds and it was overcast and 40 out.

I do love it when the guys with their shiny new AR-10s come and do mag dumps with their store-bought Winchester and Remington 308! (whoopee - free .308 brass day!)
Lol asking because I too am a brass hoe. I love the noobs, too.y famous words, "hey you gonna keep that brass?"

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