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Nickle-plated ammo

This is a discussion on Nickle-plated ammo within the The Ammo Can forums, part of the Armory Talk category; Just curious, but what benefit does nickle-plated ammo (casings) have over brass? Seems the plating is touted as a benefit to aid in feeding, but ...


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Old 12-20-2005, 10:32 AM   #1
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Nickle-plated ammo

Just curious, but what benefit does nickle-plated ammo (casings) have over brass? Seems the plating is touted as a benefit to aid in feeding, but how exactly does that work?
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Slicker finish. TAP is some good stuff.
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Old 12-20-2005, 11:36 AM   #3
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I use them because they look pretty.

Glancing around the web, I see:

improved feed
improved extraction
better chemical resistance than brass or aluminum

I can see the possibility of improved extraction, either due to higher hardness or a lower coefficient of friction - although I would expect that one would need a pretty crudded up chamber to notice a difference. Feed has me a bit puzzled, since most of the feed issues that I have seen are related to either the bullet or the lip of the case hanging up during feed (okay, there was the one time where the case dimensions were out of whack when I didn't have the dies set right). I suppose that if one had a situation where something was "digging into" the case during feed that a nickel plated case might feed better. It certainly has become a way to visually differentiate product.
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Old 12-20-2005, 11:44 AM   #4
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The Nickel plated cases don't tarnish as easily or quickly as brass. On a duty belt, that might be a consideration.
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They also get very scratched up when reloading them in non-carbide dies.
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Old 12-20-2005, 04:04 PM   #6
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1. Do not tarnish
2. cycle easier in my dillons with both lee and dillon dies
3. Slicker action in the gun.
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Old 12-20-2005, 05:44 PM   #7
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they dont tarnish and stick in the chamber if you neglect to unload the gun for a long time.
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Old 12-20-2005, 06:32 PM   #8
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something for the rifle reloader and nickel plated is it takes up space inthe case if your rinning a compressed load, it might up the chamber pressures to much.

It stores really well. I keep all my long term loads in nickel.
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Old 12-21-2005, 04:31 PM   #9
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Can you buy this stuff anywhere ammo is sold or is it less available?
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Old 12-21-2005, 06:13 PM   #10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by darkfire
Can you buy this stuff anywhere ammo is sold or is it less available?
For factory ammo, nickel plated casings seem to be most common on some of the high-end defense ammo (Federal Hydra-Shoks as an example). The only target/plinking grade ammo that I've seen with nickel plated casings is Ultramax remanufactured ammo where there were a few mixed in amongst the conventional brass casings.

For handloading/reloading, availability of nickel plated brass depends on where you shop and what they carry. I don't see much locally - my inventory of nickel plated brass was ordered from Midway (with the exception of the spent Ultramax and Hydra-Shok cases).
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