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    While cleaning and sorting in the shop today I found an ammo can with a bunch of 7.62x39 brass. this is brass that I fired once close to 20 years ago. I really should not call it brass since all the casings are actually steel.
    The question I have is are the steel casings re loadable? Anything I should be aware of and if I do get dies for this cartridge would carbide be best?
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    First thing to do would be to make sure that it's Boxer primed, not Berdan primers like most steel-cased ammo tends to be, figure out if it's reasonably possible to reload before you decide that you're going to do it.

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    Good point, I was not even thinking about that. Easiest way I know of to determine if it is berdan is from the two holes in the case, correct? When I first started reloading I was wondering why some of the .223 I was trying to reload kept breaking the decapping pin, thats how I learned about the berdan primers.
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    Can't reload steel cases. Carbide is the way to go.
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    I dont see why you cant reload steel cases as long as they are boxer primed. The only thing I see as being a problem is that they would be very rough on the sizeing die. Thats just my 2 cents

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    It can be done, but it's not a good idea.
    Brass is very malleable, and can be stretched and compressed a great deal without loosing it's pliability. That's why we can size it a few times over without seeing any stress damage to the cases.
    Steel is much less flexible, and more prone to work hardening, and cracking.

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    All good points, I do not have enough if it to even worry about. I'll just scrap the metal cases.
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    Steel cases might be able to be done but there's a real good chance you'll damage your die. I have'nt heard of a carbide die for bottle neck case's. Throw em out!

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    Yea i agree dump them its not worth the hassle

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    I am going to stick with brass. I have become a Brass HO! I For example, I scored 1500 .223 cases yesterday and it felt like Christmas!

    I don't think the pennies you save on steel is worth the risk to my gear or toys!

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    I dont see why you cant reload steel cases as long as they are boxer primed. The only thing I see as being a problem is that they would be very rough on the sizeing die. Thats just my 2 cents
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