.32 SWL case crack

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.32 SWL case crack

Post by ermakevin on Sun Mar 16, 2014 10:42 pm

has anyone seen a crack like this?
what would cause it?
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Re: .32 SWL case crack

Post by BE Mike on Mon Mar 17, 2014 9:28 am

Yes, I have seen this in Winchester factory match .38 SPL,148 gr. HBWC ammo. They produced a certain lot of ammo with weak brass way back when. Is this Winchester brass?

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Re: .32 SWL case crack

Post by DavidR on Mon Mar 17, 2014 10:51 am

Ive seen it with very old ammo, mostly surplus stuff but not in anything that small In cal.

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Re: .32 SWL case crack

Post by rfmiller on Mon Mar 17, 2014 3:01 pm

I had a bunch of 44 mag that I reloaded about 25 years ago do that when I shot them last year.  Threw the rest away.  I can't think of why they did it, it was a relatively mild load.

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Re: .32 SWL case crack

Post by Guest on Wed Mar 19, 2014 5:20 pm

I've had it happen in the past with brass that was either work hardened, or had been cleaned with Brasso. Brasso actually hardens the brass a bit because of the ammonia in the formula. Bottom line? The brass is a bit too hard and cracks when it tries to obturate and seal the chamber.

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Re: .32 SWL case crack

Post by Rob Kovach on Wed Mar 19, 2014 9:06 pm

The word of the day is "OBTURATE"   Smile

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Re: .32 SWL case crack

Post by jerry lehrer on Thu Mar 20, 2014 1:46 am

I would guesstimate that you have an oversize chamber.

BTW-- Ammonia in Brasso "dezincifies" the brass, thus weakens it.

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Re: .32 SWL case crack

Post by ermakevin on Thu Mar 20, 2014 8:18 am

this is brand new out of the box brass.
Hirtenberger from Larry's Guns,
this is why i can't under stand it why it cracked.
ill have to email Larry just to notify him.

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