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    Default Reloading steel cases?

    Just got an email from Aim Surplus. They have Russian steel cased, Boxer primed .223 in stock, $215 for 1K.

    Are steel cases worth reloading? If so, are special dies needed?

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    Default Re: Reloading steel cases?

    as far as i know, you cannot reload steel cases. i have asked about this before at differant ranges i use and have been told by handfuls of reloaders that it can;t be done. but they never say why. so if someone has the real answer to this, i would really love to hear it
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    Default Re: Reloading steel cases?

    i beleive i read some where that stell is not a plieable as a bress case and are more prone to crack aand i thought all steel case was boxer primed that is a big problem to
    If it go's BOOM, I want it

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    Default Re: Reloading steel cases?

    I wonder why they marketed it as Boxer primed when the rest of Ruskie stuff is Berdan?

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    Default Re: Reloading steel cases?

    Steel cases are reloadable. The Boxer priming means you'll be able to use your standard U.S. reloading dies to perform the work. Berdan primed cases whether brass or steel can be reloaded, but you cannot use the standard sizing & decapping die found in U. S. sets because the Berdan primer doesn't have a centered flash-hole and IIRC the anvil is built into the cartridge case not into the primer. Look inside a Berdan primed case and you'll see two holes off-centered. Also you must get the right metric size primer, they don't use something simple like large or small, rifle or pistol.

    Don't forget besides holding the components in one "package", the cartridge case is supposed to expand and form a gas seal in the chamber, so the steel case is softer than the steel in either your dies or rifle chamber.

    For bottle-neck cartridges make sure you do an adequate lube job on the cases outside and inside the neck.

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    Default Re: Reloading steel cases?

    I've reloaded quite a bit of Boxer primed WOLF .223

    Not an issue

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    Default Re: Reloading steel cases?

    i've reloaded a handful of wolf 45acp steel cases at least a dozen times so far, and they are still going strong.

    myth: steel cases not reloadable.

    results: busted
    it's only metal, we can out think it....

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    Default Re: Reloading steel cases?

    are there differant steps involved with reloading steel? i wonder why everyone says you can not reload them?
    sorry i did not see bricks post
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    Default Re: Reloading steel cases?

    Quote Originally Posted by Stooperzero View Post
    I've reloaded quite a bit of Boxer primed WOLF .223

    Not an issue
    i have a 55 gallon drum full to the top of wolf .223 cases. i was goint to wait for scrap to go up. but if i can reload them, that would be great.
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    Default Re: Reloading steel cases?

    Quote Originally Posted by o1dakota440 View Post
    are there differant steps involved with reloading steel? i wonder why everyone says you can not reload them?
    sorry i did not see bricks post
    yea, worry less about getting all of them picked up.
    there is still a bunch of berdan primed steel available. although, do-able it is not worth the hassle, which is not that great a step away from "you can't do it".
    it's only metal, we can out think it....

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