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    44 mag brass question/double checking

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    So I found these cases when sorting brass for resizing, the upper line looks like it’s a cut in groove. Their brass is all the same headstamp, “W-W Super”, other cases with the same stamp do not have this groove. Should I load and shoot them or as I think I should remove and dispose of them. Any advice is appreciated thanks in advance

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    I've never seen anything like that. Perhaps it's special casings that someone has cut an identifying ring or cannelure for special loads.

    I would load them for light loads if I was brass poor (which I am in that caliber).

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    id be worried about the front tearing off and staying in the chamber. I have to sort my starline brass because some have an inner stretch ring/thin spot and ive had it happen

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    That is what I was thinking I’ll just scrap em or use them for temples for seating depth

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    I have the same brass. Shoots fine.

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    There's a lot of old brass with that. I think it was a crimp to prevent bullet set-back. I've always used them with no problems.

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    I have seen that on old brass (W-W) that I've bought at gunshows.
    I've loaded 'em, they work fine.
    I haven't experienced any separation at the groove.
    Those with grooves will split at the mouth, just like others without the grooves, when they've been loaded too hot and/or too many times.
    I say use 'em !
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    When I loaded for the 44 had quite a few cases like that and they reloaded and shot fine.

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    I have a number of them myself.

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    I've got some like that. No problem

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    I have some Federal that are that way. On some the ring matches the length of the 180 gr bullet, others the length of the 240 gr bullet. I also think it was for bullet set back, most for Ruger's semi auto carbine in 44 mag.
    Once you resize then expand the brass that ring isn't an issue.
    The federal I have I got back in the late 70's to early 80-s is still working just fine.
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    You can find the same lines in a lot of .357mag brass. There's nothing wrong with it and it's OK to shoot it. It came from the factory that way in some loads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bazoo View Post
    I've never seen anything like that. Perhaps it's special casings that someone has cut an identifying ring or cannelure for special loads.

    I would load them for light loads if I was brass poor (which I am in that caliber).
    yep its a cannelure - put there in the factory to prevent projectile setback in tube magazines - nothing wrong at all - your choice if you believe us or not.

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    I just got a few hundred of these:


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    I have many of those and never had a problem with them using either Cast or jacketed
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    I've shot maximum loads with jacketed and cast bullets with zero problems. Its just a different manufacturer the brass itself still has to live up to its set standards.

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    I'll take them if you dont want them. perhaps a trade?

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    Like the others posted, its a cannelure and keeps the bullet from being pushed back into the case. It doesn't hurt anything or weaken the brass and they reload just fine. It will gradually be reduced after several firings. I've reloaded a lot of them in not only 44 but other calibers.

    A few companies have made a tool for forming these. I think C-H was one of them.

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    I think they look dangerous but I can safely destroy them for you. Just PM me for my home address.



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