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Old January 30th, 2017, 04:23 AM   #1
 
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I've bought in bulk both MBI and PPU 38 Special ammo, is there a good reason to keep it all separate for reloading? The MBI is a mixed bag of manufacturers and it would be easier to just throw the PPU in with it. I'd still keep track of how many times reloaded. Thanks. LZ



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It never mattered to me, but if the PPU is already separated, I'd probably leave it that way.
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I will try to match cases for rifle rounds; not so much for handgun ammo.
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If you are into precision or competition target shooting keeping all the components the same and uniform is necessary. Casual or sport shooting, not so much.
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Brass is brass to casual shooters. No need to keep separate.
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Somebody has to be different so this time it is me. I do agree .... for "plinkin" loads, mixed brass is not a big deal. I found when I load match grade ammo, everything counts .... the quality of the bullets, uniform powder charges, uniform crimps, and the same headstamp brass. I guess old habits die hard because I've been separating my brass by headstamp AND times fired for decades. When I'm actually pulling the handle, brass with the same headstamp has the same "feel" for each round, especially when sizing and crimping.

My typical procedure is to deprime, run all cases through an ultrasonic cleaner, then toss them in a vibratory cleaner for an hour to shine them up. I then bag up the brass using Zip-Lock baggies and put a piece of paper in the bag noting the quantity, times fired, and headstamp.

After a batch of brass has been reloaded 4 times (match grade), it goes in my "plinker bucket" .... still in Zip-Lock baggies with other headstamps, which are also in baggies. It's just a matter of pride, nothing more. I like to open a box and see all cartridges with the same headstamp.
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Thanks. I'm a heck of a ways from competion shooting but guess I'll try keeping it separate and see how it goes. Need to get to the range and unload some brass first though.
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I'm definitely not a competition shooter, but I find as an everyday reloader it helps to keep things constant and that includes using the same headstand for each batch.
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With a revolver it's easy to keep brass separate. But for 38 Special, "normal" shooting mixed brass is as good as any. I used to separate my brass by manufacturer, but that was just because I'm sorta anal (?) and I like some things consistent and I just loaded my gun from an ammo box and returned the empties to the box. I have some .44 Magnum brass I keep separate because of the loads I use in them; my T-Rex killer loads. But getting older and less demanding, I only sort my Garand and 308 bolt gun brass, mainly because I count reloadings...

If you wanna separate your brass, fine, no big deal and it gives you something "reloading related" to do when you have nuttin' else to do...

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