I have a question about Highend Brass Durability,
This is my first order of Nosler stuff, for .243,
and I have just been working with it for a little while.
I had high expectations for amount of reloads I would get out of them, and considering the higher cost, I have treated them NICE, kept good records,etc. to see how long I could keep using them.
I seperated out the box of 100 into batches of 20, and have only Necksized them from the very beginning. It is beautiful Brass, and just necksizing I have not had to trim them once since the original uniforming of them all. I don't load hot at all, always finding a nice load somewhere below max in the book.
Now, after five reloadings with one batch, I came up with a split neck in one case.
The other batches are anywhere from 5-7 reloads and have had no splits.
I've read you should toss the entire batch when you find a split neck in one, but I am having a hard time doing that.
What do you think?, there is no sign of stretching in any of them (checked inside for sign of stretch inside the case with a small wire, etc.) None have needed trimming, so what should I do?
I did decide to try experimenting with Annealing, and so kind of "Home-annealed" that batch, but not the other batches, to see what difference that makes.
I had read somewhere, that Highend brass is annealed at the factory somewhat, so should not need any annealing at all, but tried it with this one to see what happens
Do I need to toss this batch of twenty that the split showed up in? or am I cool to keep using them carefully observing all along?