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Old 05-08-2013, 2:23 PM
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Provided there is no physical damage, how many times can it be done? How to keep track of how many times you reloaded it? Thanks
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Old 05-08-2013, 2:26 PM
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Bottle neck rifle/pistol or straight walled?.

But I normally load until the mouth splits.
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Old 05-08-2013, 2:29 PM
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Bottle neck rifle/pistol or straight walled?.

But I normally load until the mouth splits.
.223,.45,.357,.38,9mm
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Old 05-08-2013, 2:31 PM
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It depends on the caliber, the headstamp, the loads you are shooting, many factors.

In general you can reload brass until some form of failure is evident (i.e. case mouth or body spilts, incipient case head separation, loose primer pockets, etc.).

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Old 05-08-2013, 2:39 PM
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+1 for what Bill said.

It varies a lot based on multiple factors. The greatest factor I've found is how hot your load is.
On the straight walled pistol cartridges you will be able to use them typically until the case mouth splits.
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Lake City .223 not overworked can last 12 reloads, I assume 6-8 before it becomes "last use". Lapua .223 not overworked can last more.

Winchester .45/.9mm loaded hot will go for a long time before failure, maybe figure 12 or more reloads.
.38sp of a quality headstamp should go damn near forever (not really but almost) before failure. .357 should be similar if not hot.
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Old 05-08-2013, 4:41 PM
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I really don't plan on loading hot loads, just mainly for plinking
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My .38s lasted years before they gave up the ghost. And my .44s now last...well, I don't know how long they last, because they're still going! At least 8-10 reloads per case and quite probably many more. But they're not hot loads, for the most part. They are mild to very warm to the touch loads. Lower end of the H-110 and Bloue Dot loads, in other words.
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I've loaded straight walled pistol cases like 45 ACP over 30 times easily and I have loaded ammo that has probably been reloaded many more times than that.

If you resize the bottle necked cases to the minimum and don't load to the maximum pressure all the time you can get a dozen or more reloads out of them before they wear out. Generally my rifle cases wear out first by getting loose primer pockets.
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If you resize the bottle necked cases to the minimum
That's the key right there to better case life in bottleneck cartridges.
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I too have 38 cases that have over 30 loads on them. Like Bill Steele stated, there are many factors related to how long a case will last. Since I only use paper punching power for the 38, I can get a lot of loads from a case.

Usually a split case mouth or a loose primer pocket will result with a drop into the recycle bucket.

I inspect every one of my cases with a magnifying glass to spot defects before cleaning and when primers set too easily, they are no longer good enough.
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9mm - 11 times for the cheap brass and up to 40 times for Winchester / Starline

.45 - You are guaranteed to loose it before it fails, somewhere around 50 times

.357 - I still am finishing off a few hundred rounds loaded to the old SAAMI
(25% higher then the current standard) 17.8 gns of H110 behind a 158grn bullet. The case lasts around 5 times before splitting

The new standard list max at 15.5grns. I imagine you would get 25% more, as the max is 25% less.
Have yet to load any new "reduced" standard loads

Here's a chart from another thread about 9mm brass:

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I usually lose the pistol brass way before the end of their usable life. Maybe I need a brass catcher setup.
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LOL till they split or you lose them that for pistol calibers
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I usually anneal my rifle cases after 5-6 times and watch for any problems. I have had some go 12-15 loads and no problems. it depends on how hot the loads are and how much you work the brass.
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