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September 14, 2000, 20:19
Anybody reloaded and used American 7.62 G.I.surplus brass yet? I know that the machine gun tolerances are pretty loose and there is the possibility of shoulders being set back which doesn't do any good to the brass for reloading. Just curious. Thanks.
September 14, 2000, 21:23
I have reloaded plenty of once fired Lake City brass with no problems. Lately I have been sizing/reloading a bunch of Canadian Military "IMI" brass that I am pretty sure was fired thru Mag58 machineguns, and it reloads okay too........
September 14, 2000, 21:30
I picked up a quanity of once fired LC brass a while back from Midway.
Sized and loaded fine -- no problems.
Mike in GA
September 15, 2000, 07:49
Any of you guys ever heard of Talon Manufacturing? According to them - They get all US surplus small arms ammo - disassemble same - RNR primer, test specifications - then reassemble using same components - i've got 100 rnds of their ball coming
They also sell UNFIRED mil brass, bullets, and powders.
Brass prices 3-5c ea, WC 846 $4 per lb.
September 15, 2000, 09:21
Full length resizing helps. Remember, MilSpec cases typically have thicker webs. Approach maximum charges VERY carefully.
Your rifle was probably assembled using a SAMMI .308 headspace set, not 7.62. Work up slowly.
I prefer LC; it has been very uniform over thousands of cases.
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September 17, 2000, 12:01
Also remember to size cases for LOA.
I've reloaded TZZ, LC, and CAVIM so far. LC was the only one that DIDN'T have many cases that were VERY long. I'm talking about +/- .030 and then some! Lotsa time spent w/ the trimmer.
BTW, I mount the Lee collet in a Skil "Twist" screwdriver and mount same in Dremel benchmount. It's a "bastard" set-up, but it works http://www.fnfal.com/forums/wink.gif
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September 17, 2000, 14:10
I bought some TALON ammo in 7.62x51, and it shoots very well. I also bought a few boxes of their 7.62 Tracer, and it shoots and lights up just great. It is s bit pricey for me, as I can reload ammo al lot cheaper, and when you shoot a lot-you either need a bankroll or a reloader!!!!
September 23, 2000, 08:30
If you want to load in volume and find yourself slowed down by all the trimming, try RCBS X-Sizer dies.
You'll never have to trim again.
September 23, 2000, 09:59
I have been buying from http://www.Shcarch.com . They have 100% processed GI brass for $42.99/1000 for .223 and $64.99/1000 for .308. This is ready to load. Just prime, measure powder, and seat your slugs. Has been a good way to load good cheap ammo. Been getting surplus powder from http://www.gibrass.com/ and http://www.iidbs.com/hitech/ . Good prices. Where else can you find powder for $64/8lb? Wideners has good deals on slugs. Hope this helps all you reloaders out there.
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September 23, 2000, 12:11
On the M1-M14 list, some folks were recently complaining about premature case head separations using once-fired USGI 7.62mm brass from Scharch. Their sizing technique sounds correct, so this particular lot(s) of brass must have been fired in MGs with W-A-Y excessive headspace! Max headspace on an MG can easily be .005" more than in a battle rifle.
Personally, I have never experienced this problem. I was fortunate enough to scarf a large supply of once-fired LC Match brass in a previous life, and it was all fired in NM M14s. Chambers are significantly smaller on match rifles than even service-grade rifles, so this is good stuff. http://www.fnfal.com/forums/biggrin.gif
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