Cleaning, annealing and sizing 84 year old 30.06 brass. Will it work?
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BN 40# is the St Louis Ordinance Plant. This was apparently from the 1950s, and the plant name was omitted in favor of a code for the locations. AN 40# was the Twin Cities Ordnance Plant in Minneapolis, and CN 40# was the Lake City Ordnance Plant, in Independence, Missouri. All appear to have been manufactured in 1953 from what I can find. The “40” is not actually a date code, and was totally bogus.
Thank you! As I was trying to research headstamps, this was the one that I couldn’t find information about. There was several notations about limited runs of “unconventional” headstamps during certain periods, that didn’t reflect the stamping origin, or dates. This would have been during the cold war then, if it was stamped in 1953, in St. Louis. I appreciate your help with this information, it helps my knowledge, and hopefully anyone else who is interested in the history of our armaments industry.
I shot some of those black tips that are dated in the 70’s…. sadly none of the cases have tight enough primers. Going to be on a look out for some brass prep centers for us haha. Awesome video!
Charlie gave me a bunch (7600!) L.R. primers, and these were in my “Super GIFTEON” video. I’m going to load some of those into this old (hopefully revived) brass, and some of my cast bullets, and see how they shoot, and see if the brass is still viable. This has been a good history lesson for me, and if the brass is still useable after a firing, then I can hopefully say that I’ve continued the legacy of the men and women who worked to keep America strong. Thanks Kenny. Miss you while you’re keeping our rail system rolling.
Kenny, you want some of the 1953 St. Louis brass? Another viewer has also suggested that my “mystery” BN brass was also from St. Louis at that time, but I’ll be keeping that small batch. Willie suggests taking the split neck LC brass and sizing it down to .308. What do you think? I don’t have a .308, but with proper annealing, I don’t know why it wouldn’t work. Your thoughts and advice is always welcome and appreciated
Like you, looking at the years on those head stamps makes me think of the time they were manufactured and the world stage they were manufactured for. I can’t blame you for avoiding the wind. Great video Jerry!
This has been a history lesson, for sure. Researching headstamps, and taking a look back in time, to when our Nation needed to be well armed for the situations we faced. The attempts to save a piece of history has been a time of reverence, dedicated to those who were working to keep America free.
Enjoyed your video Cuz…good work. You could use the help of a brass prep center. Better send Santa a note about that!
The brass prep center will have to wait for awhile. I have about 20 other things I need to get, or make, first. I need to make an annealing machine before the prep center. It’s so hard to do that the way I’m doing it, but paying close attention to what the brass is telling me, is important. I may be able to find some Templac at Home Depot, and that would help. I’ll be finishing the last 60 pieces of FA 35 this next weekend, and start on the LC 63 and FA 58 Match, and get into the… Read more »
anyone have any experience with salt bath annealing?
Good video Jerry. I ordered some military once fired 30-06 a couple of months ago and pretty much went through the same process to get them ready to shoot. I didn’t have any that old, it was mostly HXP. I enjoyed the video, take care.
I may not be getting all of these cases prepared and hopefully revived, very fast, but each one of these cases (probably around 600 total) have significance, and I’m handling them with care. These are, by far, the oldest cases I’ve ever handled, and I want to pay homage to a bygone era, and the people who made these. Think about it; the FA 27 cases (only a few) are 94 years old! Thanks K.
Good job on bringing that old brass back., thanks for showing the steps you preformed to get it ready to reload. Waiting to see it put lead on target 😀. You hit the nail on the head with the comments about @thereloadersnetwork , headspace , and slack. 👍
Joe, in case you didn’t know, I meant everything I said about our great TRN community! And it’s great friends like you (and our porch pound) that have helped me grow, and appreciate the folks who teach this old dog new tricks every day! 😍 Hoping to try out some of these old soldiers soon. Thank you for everything, buddy.