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Post by rebs on Thu Apr 14, 2016 7:34 am

Is there any difference accuracy wise between brass and nickel 38 cases ?
I reload and have quite a few nickel cases and a few brass.

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Post by Gary Wells on Thu Apr 14, 2016 6:47 pm

I'm not a bulls-eye shooter, but a wanna-be, but I do & have shot quite a bit of .45 auto for targey over the years & I have never heard or seen anything creditable regarding one over the other for accuracy.
I reload & shoot nickel only FWIW as it it easier for me to spot on the range floor. HTH.

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Post by rreid on Thu Apr 14, 2016 9:35 pm

In my experience, the majority of my split cases are nickel.  Maybe something in the nickel plating process makes them more brittle?

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Post by Gary Wells on Fri Apr 15, 2016 12:29 am

All of my split cases are nickel because that's all that i shoot.
And I will get from 15 to 30 light target reloads out of those cases unless I lose them.
And I do shoot them until they split.
Nickel plated shouldered pistol cases tend to have a poor longevity span.

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Post by s1120 on Fri Apr 15, 2016 9:19 am

I hear a lot of people talk about the down sides on Nickel, and really wonderd about it. Ive shot, and reloaded them off and on, and it seems to shoot and load just as well for me. I have a big stash of Nickel 38spc wadcutter cases that I was planning on using for my 50 yard loads. Just to tell them apart from the others.

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Post by Gary Wells on Sat Apr 16, 2016 4:34 pm

I recently read over on the ammo / reloading section of Glock Talk (quit laughing, I don't own one, just read the 1911 section over there) that Jerry Keefer recommends brass over nickel plated cases for match ammo. I could not find Mr. Keefer on any forums so I sent him an E-mail requesting reasons behind his thoughts on this subject. Hope nobody minds.

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Post by STEVE SAMELAK on Sat Apr 16, 2016 4:54 pm

I get teased because nickel  9mm cases make me happy.
They don't shoot or load any different for me..they  just look shiny & happy.
They are also easy to find in the grass at one of the ranges I play at.
They also clean up faster than anything else I've seen.

But mostly they just make me happy & why else do you shoot?

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Re: brass or nickel

Post by Gary Wells on Sat Apr 16, 2016 8:29 pm

Same subject / topic: Nickel versus brass:
1911 forum / handloading
Glock Talk / ammo / handloading, & here.
Pretty much same comments / conclusions.


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Post by Jerry Keefer on Sat Apr 16, 2016 9:23 pm

This came about from extensive testing of 38 spl. for PPC competition.  By extensive, I mean thousands of rounds, for months at a time... The PPC team at that time was very serious about the game.. The goal was to win.. Win big.. Not just local, and State, but on the National scale.. That takes serious preparation. I always asked the shooters, " What are you willing to sacrifice to be the best.??" Because it takes a lot of work, time and money.. Every micro inch of group reduction equals more points.. This went on for several years... During that time.. it was found that nickel plated brass was to be avoided.. Groups opened up with nickel.. It is more prone to splitting.. A split case is a guaranteed flyer.. X's and 10's win matches.. A flyer into the 7 ring is how you loose matches.. Training for years, day in and day out, equipment expenses, travel expenses, food and lodging... Is it worth the risk to shoot nickel.. No big league players are shooting nickel in major matches..  There's a reason for that..  
And,  by the way.. They did win big...SmileSmile 2001 Jackson, Miss.. 2 man team and a National record that held up for ten years..The first team ever, to win the World title with automatics..

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