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Old 03-27-2013, 6:38 PM
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Sorting a bunch of nickel .357 cases today. A recent thread had me inspecting closely all the Geco brass I came across. Out of 22 Geco cases 8 of them had some splitting to one degree or another.

Spot checks of the other headstamps turned up only one other case (RP) that was just starting to split.

I don't come across a whole lot of Geco brass but yellow or white in any caliber it's now on my "scrap on sight" list with Amerc and TZZ.
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Were those range pickups? If so, you don't know their history.

In my experience, Geco brass has been very good.
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Were those range pickups? If so, you don't know their history.

In my experience, Geco brass has been very good.
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Geco was fairly popular in the early 90's. Nickel handgun cases are prone to cracking regardless of manufacturer.
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Were you picking up brass in a time warp? Like shooter bill said, it was popular 20 years ago. I've read about Geco, but never saw one....
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I don't have any experience actually loading geco cause I have never found enough of them to make a box of 50. From what I have collected I have never seen them to be poor quality.
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Geco was fairly popular in the early 90's. Nickel handgun cases are prone to cracking regardless of manufacturer.
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Were you picking up brass in a time warp? Like shooter bill said, it was popular 20 years ago. I've read about Geco, but never saw one....
Best guess is it MAY have come from some batches I bought 5 years ago.

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May have been range pickups but probably not recently.

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May have been recently bought or picked up. These days people are shooting whatever they can find. I have a feeling some people are dragging stuff out from who knows where to sell and commercial reloaders are down to their REALLY old stock.

In other words... I have no clue where it came from.
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Ive found 3 boxes of 50 rounds of the geco "6,35 mm FMJs" in a bit of a treasure hunt anyone know how much these would go for? (edit: turns out one of the boxes was light 12 rounds so 2 boxes of 50 and 1 box of 38.)
They look so antique (but great condition) that it almost feels like wanting to sell some pristine antiques.
They even have a red coating on the primers still.

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Really hard brass. I hate it.
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Geco nickel plated brass is good. A had a handful of them back in the 90's, .357 mag and kept loading them full power till several started cracking. I we able to load them several times before the cracks appeared.
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While I am not sure about Geco, I have been reloading Remington brass 357 cases from the bulk packs I buy at WalMart and have not had any issues. I have some Geco 9mm that I'll keep a closer eye on and let you know.
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I've reloaded Geco brass that I've gotten as range pickups. From what I've reloaded, they're ok. Nothing bad or good comes to mind from what I've seen of them. I've never noticed them to split any sooner than other brands. Like shooterbill and klewan mentioned, they haven't been common in quite a while.

As for your comment about Amerc brass, those are pretty useless. TZZ brass on the other hand has been acceptable to me in pistol calibers; however, they do seem to wear out faster than other brands. I noticed I would lose case neck tension with .45 ACP TZZ brass a lot faster than with other brands. TZZ in 5.56 mm is a whole different issue. I've noticed with first time fired factory TZZ cases that they have expanded primer pockets and case splits in the body. Maybe I just got a bad batch, but either way, I no longer reload those.
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