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Do you use nickel plated/washed brass? What are the advantages or disadvantages?

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  • Do you use nickel plated/washed brass? What are the advantages or disadvantages?

    Do you use nickel plated/washed brass? What are the advantages or disadvantages?

  • #2
    I have used nickel plated brass recycled from Federal Premium ammo with good success. I found a .35 Whelen case this past October that had been lying on the ground in Colorado since I shot an elk with it in 2007. Wiped it off and still looks new. Added it to the collection. I also have a batch of .257 Roberts nickel plated brass. I think the main appeal is appearance and perhaps it feeds better.

    Not sure what "washed" brass is?

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    • #3
      I have used nickel plated brass recycled from Federal Premium ammo with good success. I found a .35 Whelen case this past October that had been lying on the ground in Colorado since I shot an elk with it in 2007. Wiped it off and still looks new. Added it to the collection. I also have a batch of .257 Roberts nickel plated brass. I think the main appeal is appearance and perhaps it feeds better.

      Not sure what "washed" brass is?

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      • #4
        I like nickel plated brass because it dosen't seem to get as dirty and I think it feeds smoother. It does look better but that is minor.

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        • #5
          I favor nickel-plated brass in straight wall handgun cartridges because, after a brief trip through the tumbler, they pass easily through my tungsten carbide sizing dies. I tumble bottleneck rifle cartridges until they're relatively polished and use a spray case lube so they will be resized without difficulty. Nickel-plated cases normally clean readily in the tumbler. In my opinion, they offer no accuracy advantage and they're not a necessity. A friend hunts in a very humid climate and expresses a preference for nickel because his rifle cases can show tarnish from his fingerprints in normal handling, and nickel resists that. I live in NW Oregon, so humidity is not a major issue. I can't speak to dangerous game cartridges
          ; the .30-'06 is the largest I need or use. Personally, I don't have a preference for nickel unless I'm using a leather belt with cartridge loops; then nickel is an advantage. Most of my rifles are varminters, and the cartridges are cycled differently, fired more frequently, stored in plastic boxes of 50-100. Whether all brass or nickel-plated, I try to purchase in quantity when opportunity permits. Nickel doesn't offer a practical or accuracy advantage, neither does it pose any problem or obstacle for the rifle cartridges I use. I don't have any data (yet) to support whether nickeled cases provide longer reloading life, but I will consider that.

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          • #6
            I like nickel plated cases too, I think the primary advantage is resistance to dirt and tarnish. I also like to use the plated cases if I'm shooting different bullet types or weights, I'll use plated for one bullet weight or type and unplated for the other.

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            • #7
              I don't have a lot of nickel plated cases, but they seem to reload as well as plain old brass. They do clean up real nice, but I don't spend the extra money for them.

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              • #8
                I only use them for looks. They look kind of nice and in some rifles I use them to distinguish my "hunting" loads". That way when I hunt, I know the cartidges I am using are intended for hunting and are not one of the hundreds of test rounds with which I am tinkering.

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