I've been reloading for a few weeks and l am sorting out my cases for their fourth reload. Trouble is out of the 50 odd l checked only 17 in my view are good enough for further reloading. I have noticed a lot of pin prick holes and deep scratches / hairline cracks in them (can you tell the difference?). My question is how strict are you when deciding whether to continue using a brass case and what do you look for.
This is a chestnut! I have very different stories with brass. My .270 hasn't 'eaten' a single case in seven years, some must be on their 20th time around.
BUT my 22.250 gobbles them up, two reloads and I can have terminal splits in the necks, I've tried all sorts of brands mostly cheapo' Rem and Win, but I
recently bought some Nosler Custom Brass via Midway UK, expensive to say the least, but they were good, equal to Lapau in finish and general quality, but
they also succumbed after two or three cycles? These are not hot loads either, just 34.0 grs of R15 and 52/55gr bullets, mild really, also this is not a
rifle issue as I have had the same experience with two different 22.250's a B/A Browning Varmint and now a Ruger No1 Varmint.
That said the barrel takes all the pressure the brass is just a container, but I trash any split stuff as I don't like to use crappy materials, seeing as
how much care and trouble I expend otherwise assembling my ammo.
I dont think you should worry if you find a split/crack after you seat the bullet, shoot it off anyway when you are killing stones on the way back to your
car! Then chuck it in the gash later.