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    Once-fired factory brass with case head swipes

    Is is safe to reload once-fired factory loaded brass that has extractor and ejector swipes on the case head?

    Iíve found lots of threads on the cause, but the only thing I found regarding if it is safe to reload the brass or not is on Reddit, and I donít trust anything on there.

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    If your reloading proceedures are good, and your primer pockets are tight, yes they should be fine. You might want to check the fired cases headspace to see how much they have been stretched, but those marks are not necessarily the end of the world for those cases...

    YMMV, Sako
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    Yep. The first thing to go is the primer pockets. Like sako said, you could check the headspace on the brass. I can definitely feel "over-stretched" brass on my sizing die.

    No danger in it, but you could get a case separation if it was fired in an "long" chamber.
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    Thank you both for the replies!

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    will not hurt anything at all.

    only one caution. If you're trimming brass check the head swipe to make sure there's not a raised burr on the case head.

    it may have the brass sit off the trimmer collet rather than seating against it and you may end up over-trimming the brass inadvertently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wil View Post
    will not hurt anything at all.

    only one caution. If you're trimming brass check the head swipe to make sure there's not a raised burr on the case head.

    it may have the brass sit off the trimmer collet rather than seating against it and you may end up over-trimming the brass inadvertently.
    Great point, thanks for the advice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ViperTwoSix View Post
    Great point, thanks for the advice!
    sometimes when the extractor slides over the case head it'll pull the extractor ring on the brass back and deform it, leaving essentially a burr on the back of the brass. Set that into the case trimmer and the burr holds the case too far forward.

    Trim it and it comes up short...............ask me how I know this.........

    A simple check is run a finger over the case head when you're handling the brass during resizing.

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