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    Default Anyone try reloading aluminum case for 9mm?

    I've had a few aluminum cases end up in my range brass. I've loaded about 5 of them and they worked fine. What's the problem with aluminum? I've always heard you can't or shouldn't reload them.
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    Default Re: Anyone try reloading aluminum case for 9mm?

    Quote Originally Posted by Yoder View Post
    I've had a few aluminum cases end up in my range brass. I've loaded about 5 of them and they worked fine. What's the problem with aluminum? I've always heard you can't or shouldn't reload them.
    If I recall correctly the aluminum does not have the ductility and will work harden and crack if reloaded repeatedly. Let us know how they work.
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    Default Re: Anyone try reloading aluminum case for 9mm?

    In my experience they split after 2 or 3 loading.

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    Default Re: Anyone try reloading aluminum case for 9mm?

    Brass also splits after a while. I do have .38 special brass reloaded I don't know how many times from the 80's. The automatic calibers are usually lost before they wear out. I find much more than I lose though. I guess the aluminum would be okay I a pinch or for a match that you can't gather your brass. But with so much 9mm bras laying around on the ranges I don't bother with aluminum.

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    Default Re: Anyone try reloading aluminum case for 9mm?

    I do them in 44mag, they work fine.
    Also tried them in 9mm with no problems either.
    USMC I get about the same results with 44mag. And I wouldn't even call mine mags,
    they are light loads.

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    Default Re: Anyone try reloading aluminum case for 9mm?

    When I first started reloading 9mm I kept track if how many times I loaded a brass case. I got up to five times and decided it didn't matter. Now I load them until they crack.

    Aluminum seems to work well. I've only shot a few but they worked fine. I can see that they would crack faster.
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    Default Re: Anyone try reloading aluminum case for 9mm?

    Why even bother with all the 9mm brass out there? Only aluminum I've seen was Berdan primed.

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    Default Re: Anyone try reloading aluminum case for 9mm?

    Quote Originally Posted by Yoder View Post
    I've had a few aluminum cases end up in my range brass. I've loaded about 5 of them and they worked fine. What's the problem with aluminum? I've always heard you can't or shouldn't reload them.
    I have never tried to use aluminum cases. I wonder how people prepare the primer pockets for these cases?

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    Default Re: Anyone try reloading aluminum case for 9mm?

    Quote Originally Posted by gghbi View Post
    If I recall correctly the aluminum does not have the ductility and will work harden and crack if reloaded repeatedly. Let us know how they work.
    This . it will split/crack long before a brass casing will .

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    Default Re: Anyone try reloading aluminum case for 9mm?

    Back in the late 1980s I reloaded the 9mm, 38 spl, 45 ACP aluminum cases to see what would happen.

    The de-capping pin punched a new flash hole, standard primers fit and I usually only got one reload before the case would split.

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