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Old 01-01-2013, 1:23 PM
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I've never found a good way to do it. I don't have a tumbler(on order), so my 9mm brass is really dirty and easy to spot that way http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/i...es/biggrin.gif but it'd be cool if there were a way to mark it as mine.

I've used a sharpie across the side before but ehh. it wasn't super effective.

It seems like the best solution would be a circle around the case in paint marker or something.

Some guy at the Firing Line marks his primer pockets some how. It looks like they have a red circle around them or something. I never asked him how he did it.

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I really don't see a need to mark my brass.
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Yes I mark mine. Red sharpie mark across the primer. I dont mark the side of the brass. I just like keeping track of my stuff. Thats all....
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I mark some of mine with a red sharpie around the case (38 supercomp is expensive and getting hard to find). I made a little tool so it doesn't take too much time.
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yea i mark mine with a purple sharpie as i pick them up
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I marked mine with a permanent marker across the head for a long time, when I was putting them in those plastic MTM cases, then I quit using the boxes and went to ziplock bags, so I quit. Since I started loading 10mm and .45 Super, I use a lot of new Starline so I started marking them again, lately I got tired of worrying about it again and quit... so it goes...
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I found that a stamp pad with permenant ink works , and is easier than a sharpie pen. When reloading as soon as primer is seated hit the stamp pad with it and on to the next.
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I mark with a sharpie along the head color the whole thing but I only mark .223 and .308 because they are a common caliber and takes the most prep work (remove military crimp)
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I use a Dremel to cut a shallow groove across the side of the case. Makes it real easy to spot. Never saw anyone wanting to steal my brass <g>

I put my rounds into factory boxes. I used a ruler and sharpie to mark across all the rounds right through the center of the primer. 5 lines and you're done.

Most of the time I don't bother anymore.
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I guess I am more concerned about how many times it is loaded than most people. Here is my system:

The .223 a red for the first loading, green for second, purple for third and a black line does not get loaded again. The .556 has a separate system but different colors are used to help speed up the process when separating them. Same procedure for 9mm cases. My .45acp and 10mm get loaded till they crack so they are all marked with whatever marker is handy.
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I use a sharpie around the case (.308 shot out of a gas gun) so I can find it after it is ejected. Different loads get a different color across the primer too, since I keep them in the 100-round MTM boxes.
SS tumbling after decapping cleans it right off.
I just twist the case in the loading block while I hold the sharpie against the side of the case.
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I pee on mine! Then I can tell by the scent which are mine and which are not.

Seriously I am as scroungy as it gets when it comes to brass, but even I am not that anal. Besides it pisses me off when I take your brass and try to get the markings off.

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Oh I should mention it's not that I'm so much worried about losing my brass, I have tons of 9mm, it's so that I know I'm not accidentally picking up someone else's stuff. I don't want anything that doesn't belong to me.

Thanks for the good ideas. I wonder if I could find an inkpad of different colors? I was thining it'd be a good idea to mark my 223 for how many times its been loaded as well. Considering how long it takes to prep, what's another few seconds circling it?!?
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I mark each case by carefully dimpling the primer with a firing pin immediately before the case is ejected. I then just claim all brass with that tell-tale dimple as "mine."
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I mark each case by carefully dimpling the primer with a firing pin immediately before the case is ejected. I then just claim all brass with that tell-tale dimple as "mine."
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I do the red sharpie also. Works for me.
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I've considered the sharpie method before, but never came up with a way that was particularly easy, aside from marking the head. I don't like looking at the case head every time, but I would like to be able to tell at a glance what's what. My main concern? .223 with primer crimps removed. I tried marking a stripe just above the extractor groove, but it's tedious.
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Take a large tip sharpie and beat the tip up until it's a little mushy, then put the rounds tip down in a plastic ammo box, run the "widened" sharpie tip across the primer face of each row of rounds. This will give you a nice wide stripe across all the rounds. For a little extra flair, use two different color sharpies and do the second pass at a right angle to get a dual colored X across the rounds.

Do not use a paint type marker that leaves a thick coating on case head or side, this will shed in the magazine and the chamber and on the breech face creating flakes of crap everywhere. Sharpie is best.

BTW, get a tumbler ASAP, dirty, sooty cases don't chamber as reliably or slide over other rounds in the magazine as well as bright, shiny brass does. every little thing counts when it comes to reliability in an auto-loader

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Oh I should mention it's not that I'm so much worried about losing my brass, I have tons of 9mm, it's so that I know I'm not accidentally picking up someone else's stuff. I don't want anything that doesn't belong to me.

Thanks for the good ideas. I wonder if I could find an inkpad of different colors? I was thining it'd be a good idea to mark my 223 for how many times its been loaded as well. Considering how long it takes to prep, what's another few seconds circling it?!?
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Oh I should mention it's not that I'm so much worried about losing my brass, I have tons of 9mm, it's so that I know I'm not accidentally picking up someone else's stuff. I don't want anything that doesn't belong to me.

Thanks for the good ideas. I wonder if I could find an inkpad of different colors? I was thining it'd be a good idea to mark my 223 for how many times its been loaded as well. Considering how long it takes to prep, what's another few seconds circling it?!?
So far, any of the methods using a Sharpie or paint are just temporary, once you put it into the tumbler, it's gone.
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I plan on marking my Rowland brass to reload to 45 Super/+P 45acp
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I mark my brass ONLY on new reloads now. If I am developing a load or trying a new recipe. I have about 10 different colors to choose from but I usually only use red, green, blue and black. As for perm marking, like notching to show the amount of reloads, nope, I found once that I had a shell that looked like a freaking daisy cause someone did that...

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I guess I am more concerned about how many times it is loaded than most people. Here is my system:

The .223 a red for the first loading, green for second, purple for third and a black line does not get loaded again. The .556 has a separate system but different colors are used to help speed up the process when separating them. Same procedure for 9mm cases. My .45acp and 10mm get loaded till they crack so they are all marked with whatever marker is handy.
If I did this I'd probably go Green, yellow, red...

Has it gotten this bad with people scrounging other people's brass lately?

(My local range has not been real busy, as people paying retail for .223 do not want to shoot it, but it is good and not as cramped as it used to be.)
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Here is a pretty slick solution:



Contact info: http://www.mrshooter.com/mrshooterbrassmarker.html

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I second the Mr. Shooter product and I also have not financial interest in the product.
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I mark mine on the inside with powder residue.
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That mr. shooter rig is awesome! I'm not ready to drop $60 on it yet, but the results are outstanding.

I wonder if a scribe line across the bottom would cause trouble? It seems like it'd be OK,at least for 9mm, but what do I know.
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LoL.

I dunno if we really need to reinvent the wheel. Yeah it is cute and all but just running a sharpie across the row in an mtm ammo holder is pretty fast too... I suppose it has its uses.
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Bad idea, this will put a layer of stuff on the case which flakes off, IN the gun and IN the magazine. Swarf in either the gun or magazine is a recipe for malfunctions.
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I mark my rifle brass with a large sharpie because some ranges get bitter when you pick up brass(angeles) and tell you to only pick up your own brass.
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The only time I mark my cases are when I am doing test loads. I will write the charge weight and sometimes what powder on the side of the brass.
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i use red, black, blue and green, right around the primer and case. Not all the time but only when i need to.
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I mark my brass if I modify it. So, if I cut a 41 Mag case with a split neck down to 41 Special length, I paint the back black, with a sharpie. I also do this when I cut down 9mm Luger brass for Makarov. I always seem to lose a couple when I go to a public range, and I want the next loader to know it's been cut.
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