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    An Oddball Question

    This is a strange request I know, but maybe somebody here can help. I generally donít load nickel plated cases, but I like to keep a few around to use to make up dummy rounds with the various bullets I load so I can use them to quickly set up my seating dies. Iím setting up a new batch of dummies in 32 S&W L and I need about a dozen nickel cases for my project. Does anyone know where I can get a few without having to buy in bulk?

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    I don’t claim to be a 32 SWL expert, but I’ve never seen a nickeled 32SWL case.
    Are you sure there were any produced?

    I have seen and shot 327 nickel cases.
    Maybe cut them to SWL length?
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    Take a 1/8 drill and bore 1 or more holes cross wise the case. Absolute id.
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    Sorry I do not know of a source for small batch of the nickel plated you seek- not sure I e ever even seen them but agree 100% with Mr. Dan Cash above- drill a hole or two or otherwise unmistakably mark them- a dummy round can and will eventually find its way into your loaded ammo box- ask me how I know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Cash View Post
    Take a 1/8 drill and bore 1 or more holes cross wise the case. Absolute id.
    This is what I’ve done- no doubt it’s a dummy.

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    In an orphan lot of 32 S&W Long ammo I shot years ago there were 4 rounds of nickeled brass, headstamped REM-UMC. They look good and are different enough from yellow brass to be quickly spotted. Could I get the same end result in utility by drilling some yellow brass cases? Yep, but where’s the fun in that? A set of nickel dummy rounds (without primers) have a certain pan-ah-chee. It doesn’t have to be logical to be cool!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Green Frog View Post
    In an orphan lot of 32 S&W Long ammo I shot years ago there were 4 rounds of nickeled brass, headstamped REM-UMC. They look good and are different enough from yellow brass to be quickly spotted. Could I get the same end result in utility by drilling some yellow brass cases? Yep, but where’s the fun in that? A set of nickel dummy rounds (without primers) have a certain pan-ah-chee. It doesn’t have to be logical to be cool!

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    Your absolutely correct; cool is cool and we want what we want- good luck on your quest sir!

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    In an orphan lot of 32 S&W Long ammo I shot years ago there were 4 rounds of nickeled brass, headstamped REM-UMC.

    I've got 6 of them if you want them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by shooting on a shoestring View Post
    I don’t claim to be a 32 SWL expert, but I’ve never seen a nickeled 32SWL case.
    Are you sure there were any produced?

    I have seen and shot 327 nickel cases.
    Maybe cut them to SWL length?
    Proof loads are nickled for identification and their case heads stained with Glidden red or purple indicator, depending upon caliber.
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    The old Remington .32 S&W Long wadcutter load used nickel cases. GF, if your orphan nickel cases have a double cannelure, they are probably from this load.
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    Out of all my .32 brass I believe I have exactly one nickel case. No telling where it is, but I know I've seen it.
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    Walmart used to sell wadcutter loads in nickle cases.

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