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.
     
  2. 1852legend

    1852legend XDTalk 1K Member

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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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    XD FANATIC XDTalk 1K Member

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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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    XD FANATIC XDTalk 1K Member

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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.
     
  10. XD FANATIC

    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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    I don't have any nickel rifle brass, but the nickel handgun brass is cleaned and tossed into the same bucket with the rest and used the same way. Typically shot until it splits or is lost in the weeds.

    I haven't noticed it failing any faster than the regular stuff in .45acp. It might split sooner in my revolvers, but I don't count loads in handgun cases to know for sure.
     
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    the one plus to nickel brass its easier to find in the grass and on the range:p
     
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    I once read someone said the nickel cases are easier to chamber check in the dark for self defense cases /shrug
     
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    My carry ammo is all nickel. I can sure see i easier through the peep hole than brass.
     
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    I have reloaded nickel cases until they had flaked off so much they looked like normal brass. It won't affect carbide dies and if it is plentiful keep as much as you can get! Load it up and shoot it! If you keep the pressure low the cases will give a long life and not be a problem.
     

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