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Question by Renegade Jeeper. Uploaded on July 23, 2011
I don't reload for an Ak 47, but I've reloaded Tulammo for my 45. It works for me, but I generally use brass.
I have a SKS that I was given by my Father. Althogh I now own a rifle that can shoot the cartridge, I have no plans of gearing up to do so. As for my Black Rifle, I plan to feed it Nosler 60 grain partitions this season.
Do not reload steel casings. Once they are fired a steel casing is done. You can reload brass casings, but I do not recommend doing that to steel.
Let me see if I can help explain.
Steel is a ferrous metal and has some "spring" to it.
Brass is a non-ferrous metal and has no "spring" whatsoever.
If you attempted to resize a "steel" case, because of the "springy" nature of steel, it will not go back to factory specs. You could use an undersized die, but the nature of steel won't allow you to get consistent resizing.
Only brass is forgiving enough to return to factory specs in the die.
The heat of the powder burn does not affect brass in the same manner it affects steel.
I suppose easiest to say is, "Unless you're adding them to a load of scrap iron, leave 'em lay. They'll rust away in time."
NO NO NO!!! First of all, most of the steel cased ammo out there is berdan primed and cannot be deprimed in a decapping die. You will spend way more money replacing reloading equipment than buying more steel cased ammo. Second, I agree with everything bubba said about the properties of the steel alone. Again, the steel will damage dies. Third, if you are entertaining the idea to save money, i dont know why you would waste the time. That stuff is about as cheap as it gets. after figuring up what if would take to reload them, you wouldnt save but a few cents per box. like bubba says, "leave em lay".
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