How Many Times can You Reload Brass Cases?

I always wanted to join the army like my father, which didn’t happen, but my passion for firearms never faded, and I became a recreational shooter. Recently my friend visited me, and we went shooting together.

I always reload my brass cases, it is part of the fun, but my friend wanted to know how many times I could reload Brass Cases. Those made me think that many of you might have the same question. So I decided to share some info regarding the reloading of the Brass Cases.

All About Brass Cases

Before the brass cases were introduced, the projectiles and propellant were loaded separately in the guns. But the brass case provides a complete set, where you enter the case filled with all components into the chamber.

All About Brass Cases

Before 1940 almost all cartridge cases were made of brass. But brass cases were and still are, favored and used due to their affordability, resilience, and durability. There are many reasons why brass is the best, and some of them are;

  1. When you press the trigger, the case expands due to extreme pressure and then contracts and ejects from the gun. But the mouth must be annealed so it could provide a certain amount of elasticity.
  2. Brass cases could be reused multiple times after a bit of cleaning.
  3. It is easy to manufacture brass cases.
  4. Brass doesn’t rust, so you can use it or keep it for a long time.

Many other metals are used to make cases like steel, iron, aluminum, and even plastic. But they are not as reliable. Steel often rust and is not reusable.

What is the Composition of Cartridge Brass?

Depending upon the different chemical properties, brass could be divided into many forms. Cartridge brass is one of its forms. It is also called c260 or Yellow Brass due to its yellowish golden color. It has 70% Copper and 30% Zinc and is a very affordable alloy.

Cartridge brass is not only economical and easily available but has many technical and dynamic features. It possesses great strength, durability, and can undergo plastic deformation without damage.

What is Cartridge Brass Used For

As we heard Cartridge brass, the first thing that comes to mind is ammunition-related objects. But that is not the only way of using brass. It is widely used in the automatic sector and for manufacturing plumbing objects. Cartridge brass has a high resistance to corrosion which enhances its extensive usage.

What is Cartridge Brass Used For

It is a perfect material for musical instruments and electrical gadgets. Many other objects such as hinges, locks, pins, doorknobs, ammunition components, decorative items, jewelry, and even rivet buttons are made from Cartridge brass.

Due to its feasibility, it is also used to make sculptures and trophies. There are many more industries where this alloy is used.

How Many Times can You Reuse Brass Cartridges?

Cartridge brass can be used more than once. You can use it 4-5 times without any worry. They are Different from iron and steel ammo cases and have characteristics that make them particularly safe for reuse. The brass case can expand when shot and shrink afterward, which makes them perfect for ammunition.

Work hardening technique turns the cartridge brass case very strong so it could bear the impact of chamber pressure when you shoot. The neck and shoulder of the case are annealed, which enables the brass case to hold and release the bullet precisely.

So when you use the cartridge repeatedly and resize it after every use, this increases the tension in the cartridge case neck. But if you anneal the cartridge before every reuse, the neck of the case won’t snap.

Some other factors can be the cause of multiple reuses or none at all.

  • The thickness of case walls
  • Annealing the case for softening
  • loading the gun powder(propellant)
  • Follow the cartridge reloading process that includes lubricating, cleaning the case, case sizing, and inspecting your case, for any damage or defect.
  •  It is also important to remember to use a good company’s cartridge case because that will have a longer life span.


#1. How many times can you reload Brass 223?

Giving the exact number for this answer is not possible as I have mentioned before that using brass cases depends upon many factors.

3-5 times, you can reload brass 223 without any annealing or resizing. But after that, it is suggested to anneal the brass case to prevent any damage. Brass case life is over when you notice the fragmented and cracked neck and extended primer pocket. At that point, reloading the cartridge can be useless and dangerous.

#2. Are brass bullets illegal?

There is no update from ATF regarding this issue. Though if you visit their official website, there are strict rules about firearm ammunition and armor-piercing bullets. Rules regarding ammo vary in different stats.

This is a framework provided by ATF regarding what ammunition is allowed for sporting purposes.

#3. What kind of brass is used in ammunition?

Cartridge brass C260 is used in ammunition because of its chemical and physical properties. This alloy has 70% copper and 30% zinc. It is better due to its availability and price though brass ammunition is slightly pricey than other ammo.

It has corrosion resistance, is long-lasting, and can be reused. Brass is flexible and could expand and contract promptly. Don’t cause any damage to the gun like steel does or malfunction. All these characteristics make C26000 an excellent choice for cartridge cases.

#4. What is C260 brass?

C260, also known as 70/30 is a compound of copper and zinc. It is yellowish and is a malleable and manageable alloy. It is good for a corrosive atmosphere and has excellent workability for cold and hot temperatures. That is why C260 is one of the most commonly and frequently used materials.

#5. Can brass rust?

Brass has no iron in it, so it does not rust. It does decay with time, but that is not referred to as rusting. The green lay you see on brass is not rusting but a protection cover. If used inside the building or at dry places, it might take 1,000 years to decay. On the other hand, water and especially saltwater will speed up the corrosion.

#6. Who makes rifle brass?

Many manufacturers make rifle brass but few are very famous in this industry. Lapua is at the top in making rifle brass or cartridges in general.

Starline, Hornady, Winchester, and Nosler are well-known rifle brass manufacturers. All their rifle brasses can be reloaded multiple times.


Reloading the brass cartridge case is not only for saving money. It is a matter of precision and accuracy for many target shooters. Reusing the brass case is also a part of the sports and gives satisfaction. You can even adjust the gunpowder quantity.

The brass cartridge is especially preferred above other metals due to its pronounced characteristics. Its usefulness for firearms and safety for you. Brass cases don’t malfunction, nor do they allow explosive gases to move back.

Whatever you decide to do, make sure to follow the safety rules of ammunition.

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