Choose Your Brass
Perhaps one of the most expensive aspects of reloading your
own ammo is the reloading brass itself. However, it’s the only item from the
original round that can be reused. This makes finding an excellent source of
reloading brass the highest priority for any reloader. Once you have a
consistent source in place, you can focus on the actual reloading with the
ability to trust your brass.
New VS. Once Fired
When it comes down to purchasing reloading brass, you
essentially have the option to purchase brand new brass or what is commonly
referred to as once-fired brass.
New refers to just that, newly manufactured
brass that has never been discharged from a gun. There are some
believe that purchasing new is the only way to go. When you do so, you are
essentially paying more for that “new car smell.” However, finding a reputable
company to purchase your once-fired reloading brass from will not only save you
money but allow you to reload with a peace of mind, knowing your brass is
Why Once-Fired gained a bad rep
The reason some reloaders are skeptical about buying
once-fired reloading brass is that some companies don’t have a reputation of
being honest about the status of their brass. Also, because once-fired
reloading brass often comes from shooting ranges that require their shooters to
shoot brand new ammo, there is skepticism around how closely the ranges monitor
In turn, if the range doesn’t monitor the ammo and allows
reloaded ammo to be shot, you wouldn’t actually be getting once-fired brass.
That’s why it is important to buy once-fired brass from a supplier that has the
reputation of actually selling once-fired reloading brass.
Always inspect the
When buying reloading brass, whether through a new-brass
dealer or once-fired, always inspect the casings individually to check for
damage that would make the case unusable for reloading. Remember, this isn’t
always an issue the supplier missed; it could be damaged during the shipping
process as well.
Hard to find Brass
With the onslaught of new rifles into the market, its
becoming increasingly difficult to find reloading brass for the rare and hard
to find calibers. If you are reloading one of these calibers that aren’t
commercially available anymore, it could seem like a daunting task to find a
supplier that carries that particular case.
We at Capital Cartridge pride ourselves on carrying the
biggest selection of reloading brass on the market. Whether you’re looking for
a common case, like the 9mm or .223, or needing a specialty case like the .35
Whelen, we carry it. On top of that, all of the reloading brass that goes
through our warehouse is inspected to verify it is capable of being reloaded.
Though we offer once-fired brass, we purchase from only
trusted ranges, as well as military and law enforcement ranges. This ensures we
are offering our customers only the best reloading brass available. When you
buy from us, you can trust the
brass to be suitable for all your reloading