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Posted: July 11 2017 at 11:51am | IP Logged Quote RazorBlade

Hi, I am new to reloading. I wonder if you separate shells by brand or do you just put them all together. I noticed that it takes some time to separate everything by brand and I wonder if it is useful to keep the brands separated. I take the shells from the range and of course everything is mixed in those barrels.
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Posted: July 11 2017 at 12:31pm | IP Logged Quote KinleyWater

First off, WELCOME!

I don't, but I know people who do. Personally, it doesn't matter for me, since I'm not reloading for maximum accuracy - I don;t need to control all the factors.

What I do, do, is to mark each case with dykem each time I reload, so that I can keep track of how many ties each case has been reloaded. I still check each case before loading, but I know once a case has been reloaded a few times to take a few extra moments checking things over.

Hope this helps.

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Posted: July 11 2017 at 11:33pm | IP Logged Quote REM1875

I separate them by caliber ---close enough

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Posted: July 12 2017 at 7:01am | IP Logged Quote RT58

For general plinking ammo, which would include anything I picked up at the range, I don't separate it by brand.

For serious ammo I keep them separated by brand and lot.

You should always inspect your brass, especially if it came off the range, to make sure there are no surprises. It could be something as simple as large and small primer pockets in .45 acp brass, to the former owner trimming it down too far or annealing it wrong.
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Posted: July 12 2017 at 11:27am | IP Logged Quote KinleyWater

REM1875 wrote:
I separate them by caliber ---close enough




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I do keep them separate by brand and lot. I'm a varmint hunter and
to me accuracy is the key.

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Posted: July 12 2017 at 4:25pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Do I sort?

Rifle loads, certainly.

Everyday pistol poppin' loads? Hardly.

Do I pickup range brass?

Brass from a public range? Never!!


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Posted: July 12 2017 at 8:25pm | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

I separate by head stamp. It was a habit instilled in me early on and I still do.

I doubt it makes much difference in handguns, but you'll get differences in case capacities from different manufacturers and lots that are significant.

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Posted: July 13 2017 at 10:20am | IP Logged Quote mikld

Depends. My rifle brass is sorted (308 and 30-06) by head
stamp and number of times fired but many times I just grab a
handful of handgun brass and reload them. I've read reports
of the accuracy of "mixed brass" reloads vs "sorted by
headstamp" reloads and all I can remember is there is very
little, if any difference.

When I'm working up a load most of the time I'll use same
headstamp brass with my handgun loads (my favorite all time
caliber is .44 Magnum and I like to keep things as consistent
as possible until I find "the load" I'm looking for). Many times
I'll be bored and when I already have a bunch of reloads to
try out, I'll sort some brass. No big deal either way...

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