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Old 03-05-2011, 05:35 PM
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Does anyone use nickel cases for hunting loads and have a hard time finding them? I use them in my 44 mag and 308 and no one around here seems to have them or use them. I can't see to buy them as factory and either burn them or tear apart to rebuild them. Anyone have any once fired willing to part with?

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Old 03-05-2011, 06:43 PM
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I use them in my 44 mags. I ordered 500 Remington nickle plated 44 Mags.from Midway about 6 months ago, they back ordered them for about two months but I finally got them.

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Old 03-06-2011, 05:45 AM
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I see nickel cases on gunbroker.com all the time.
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Old 03-06-2011, 08:16 AM
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.... I use nickle plated .45LC cases when reloading for my Ruger Vaquero in brushed stainless... just looks cooler. Other than that, I don't use them at all.
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I like how easy they size. They just seem a bit slicker going through the carbide sizing die. I use them mostly in 44 mag, but have a few in other calibers too.
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Old 03-17-2011, 03:35 PM
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I like to use Nickel cases. But I use them for a different reason than most people.

I like to practice alot with my different handguns and rifles. And I have a reduced load worked up for about every firearm I have. Including some great Gallery loads for 45-70 and 45 Colt.

What I do is I use regular brass for my heavy loads. And I use nickel plated brass for all my light loads. That makes it very easy to always know which rounds I am shooting. Tom.
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Old 03-17-2011, 06:47 PM
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I like nickel, but they are rough on dies. Even carbide dies. Take your mandel out of your collet die after sizing nickel. And see what it looks like.
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Old 03-19-2011, 08:21 PM
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Originally Posted by HEAD0001 View Post
I like to use Nickel cases. But I use them for a different reason than most people.

I like to practice alot with my different handguns and rifles. And I have a reduced load worked up for about every firearm I have. Including some great Gallery loads for 45-70 and 45 Colt.

What I do is I use regular brass for my heavy loads. And I use nickel plated brass for all my light loads. That makes it very easy to always know which rounds I am shooting. Tom.
I use them for the exact opposite reason as you!!!!! I use te regular brass for my target and practice loads and nickel for hunting loads for easy ID.
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Old 04-03-2011, 01:45 AM
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the only reason nickel was used that was was because brass reacts with the chemicals in the gun belt leather ,because brass turns green , nickel does not. other than its pretty there is no reason to use nickel unless your carrying your cartridges in leather
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Originally Posted by cataway View Post
the only reason nickel was used that was was because brass reacts with the chemicals in the gun belt leather ,because brass turns green , nickel does not. other than its pretty there is no reason to use nickel unless your carrying your cartridges in leather
I knew that and the reason I use them is for ID purposes. I can pick up the round either on my loading bench or shooting bucket and know EXACTLY what it is. I am a firm (and subscriber!!!!) of the K.I.S.S. method!!!!!!
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