Nickel Plated Brass vs Brass

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  1. barcode

    barcode XDTalk 500 Member Founding Member

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    Whats the major diffrence between using Nickel Plated Brass and regular Brass for reloading? I have heard that you don't get the same amount of reloads from the nickel but for the price diffrence it might just be worth it.

     
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    Allot of people seem to like the nickle plated brass. Im not one of them though.
     
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    From what I've seen nickle is, of course easier to clean and size. Nickle can be resized less amounts, and is harder to see defects like case splits in. Some say it's harder on dies also.
     
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    Nickel splits quicker than non-nickel.
     
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    I don't know from experience but I have heard that it gets brittle and is not as easily workable as regular brass. I know from experience that it offers more resistance when resizing it. In my opinion I think it's kinda gimmicky, it's supposed to improve feeding and ejection, that's it's sole purpose, but I've never noticed the difference. I think it's another way to charge extra for a box of ammo, if you tumble,resize, and seat your bullets correctly, and properly clean your firearm, I don't think one has to worry about feeding issues or nickel plated brass. But if you have it, use it.
     
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    It has another purpose as well. For hunting or SD ammo that sits for a long time in leather keepers, it won't turn green and ruin your leather. It also seems to hold up better during those foul weather hunts.
     
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    Ok, I admit, I was wrong on that one, I've never used a leather ammo band of any type because I see it as why use leather when you can use synthetic and it'll last a lot longer? Not saying that there's anything wrong with using leather but I never have so I was totally ignorant of that fact, thank you. As far as foul weather huntin goes, I guess I meant the average American hunter in the lower 48 isn't gonna be hunting in a straight downpour so that's not really a concern for most people. Either way, I retract my ignorant statement, thank you for bringing that to my attention, I appreciate it.
     
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    The nickle is a plating which is very thin and harder than brass. Since the plating is less elastic than the base metal, it can and will chip and flake off.
     
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    Use the nickel plated stuff, CCI primers and some lead or silver shiny bullets when hunting werewolves. All silver, very cool.

    If you're not going to hunt werewolves, then just reload it like you would any brass.
     
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    XD FANATIC XDTalk 1K Member

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    Yeah, tacticool. :lol:
     
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    YEP ... Much harder, and thus much more brittle.
     
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    Yeah, as a reloader, I'm not a huge fan.
     
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    I just shot some reloaded nickel .223 today. Very easy to find the cases after the shot.8)
     
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    I found a tip about using Nu Finish car polish somewhere and after trying it I have never seen prettier brass. I can make dull range brass look way better than brand new with it and fine crushed walnut media. I have used the treated walnut with the red roush stuff and even some Hornady polish additive and nothing touches the Nu Finish. Just a tip for anyone who did not know.:D
     
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    have to second what the others have said. The nickel wont last as long reloading, yes it cleans up faster but also wears out faster too. It all depends on how much reloading and shooting you are gonna do?

     

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