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Old October 23rd, 2010, 09:58 AM   #1
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Lake City Brass- how good for reloading?

Looking around online for some bulk once fired brass. Im almost afraid to buy the "once fired 147 grain" brass because its almost certainly been put through a 240B and who knows what machineguns do to brass...

in your experiences, how much success have you had reloading bulk once fired LC brass? how consistant is it?

Also, right now im averaging about 4 reloads with my current civilian FC and hornady brass... and im about out of it.

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Old October 23rd, 2010, 10:04 AM   #2
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It doesn't come any better than Lake City bud, buy all you can afford, machine gun or not, I use it all the time.

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Old October 23rd, 2010, 10:48 AM   #3
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appreciate it. ive never reloaded for it so i wasent sure, especially when it comes to MG ammunition/brass. found a DECENT deal on it. 400 rounds for about 60 bucks. thats reasonable, ya? better than cabelas, haha.

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Old October 23rd, 2010, 11:32 AM   #4
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I've been reloading for 20+ years mostly pistol, recently finally able to purchase an M1a very happy.

I use only LC brass for my M1A because based on the information I have found its was supposed to the most robust brass for the abuse of an M1a. So far I have found this to be accurate. For the most part LC brass, that I have 5500 rounds all LC-07 is it weighs on average 176grains after trimming and brass prep(and yes all 5500 rounds I have were 1x MG brass out of a 240B or M60)

If you use good reloading technique you have no issues getting the MG brass to shape up.

The most critical step you have to do properly is the inital sizing for your rifle.

Heres how to be happy

Buy the LC in bulk...I have purchased my 1x LC brass for .10 to .13 cents per round. I normally purchased in lots of 1000 or 1500 this also helps to keep the lots similiar..such as most of mine is LC-07 you will get mixed years sometimes..

1. tumble
2. deprime(with a strong de-capper)
3. clean/ream flash(for uniformaty and to knock of the burr off the inside flash hole.
4. use Dillon super swage to remove the primer crimp(this is why you cleaned and deburred the flash hole in Step 3)
5. NOW the most important step...that first sizing where you need to bring the MG brass back to spec. This first sizing should be done only on a strong single stage press(leave the progressive alone until the next reloading) Full length Dies will be needed(sm base dies are not necessary for a normal chambered M1A) Also you will have to use a good case lube, Imperial works nicely. If you lube correctly resizing the MG brass will be a smooth process, if you are having to use a lot of force you dont have enough lube.
6 After sizing trim to length
7. Clean your primer pockets
8 then prime, charge and shoot em.
9 on the next reloading the brass will be "normal" and can then move over to the progressive for reloading.

I actually split the baby, and always size the LC brass on the single stage....then prime, charge and seat on the 650. It is possible to on the second reloading size and do everything on the progressive.....just that very first sizing needs to be done correctly to avoid any failure to feed or chamber stoppages.

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wow. good advice, i appreciate it.


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Old October 23rd, 2010, 08:10 PM   #6
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Top Brass fully prepped USGI .308.
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Old October 24th, 2010, 06:38 AM   #7
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This LC brass had been reloaded 10X (Not for everybody to try) the one on the far left is 1X


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Old October 24th, 2010, 07:09 AM   #8
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Panther that is awesome case life, I dont see any strechting or thinnng of the brass near the case head thats good.

How many times have you trimed that brass?? When I trim to 2.005 I can get 2 firings before trimming will be needed again

Are you running your HS very close to avoid streching?

....whats the secret??

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Very cool example. Thanks for taking the time to show us.

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Old November 7th, 2010, 11:57 PM   #10
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Panther that is awesome case life, I dont see any strechting or thinnng of the brass near the case head thats good.

How many times have you trimed that brass?? When I trim to 2.005 I can get 2 firings before trimming will be needed again

Are you running your HS very close to avoid streching?

....whats the secret??
X2, I would like to hear the answer on your HS, please.

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I just ran across one of your older post for the 10x pic.

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The one on the far left is 1X fired, these were sized to 1.628" and the rifle is HS at 1.632"

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LC is my favorite brass to reload. Can't go wrong IMHO.

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Old November 11th, 2010, 02:31 PM   #13
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Good info, thanks gentlemen, from a beginner re-loader.

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LC is bad brass you need to send it all to me, I will even cough up S/H

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