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Old December 31st, 2016, 08:14 AM   #1
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A-Merc Brass

Anyone have experience with A-Merc stamped brass in 45 ACP? I must have picked up a bunch (50pcs or so) at the range at some point. I can tell immediately when priming that it is this A-Merc brass, it has very loose primer pockets... Not sure if I'm going to load or shoot it...
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Old December 31st, 2016, 11:17 AM   #2
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I`ve never heard of it... i would not use it if your seeing loose pockets
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Old December 31st, 2016, 11:27 AM   #3
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I've picked up some in range brass, and it reloaded OK.

No loose primer pockets on the ones I used, though.

I'd stay away from that.
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Old December 31st, 2016, 11:37 AM   #4
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A Merc brass is very poor quality, it is well known in the reloading community as being junk brass. It is probably the worst quality brass you will ever see. Most toss it in the trash can, or sell it for scrap brass.
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Old December 31st, 2016, 12:39 PM   #5
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Think I'll load it and red marker it so I don't pick it back up. Others seem to feel the same way about it. Does it come as a loaded round or do you buy it to reload? I don't recall seeing this brand at any stores that I frequent.
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Range brass can be very dangerous... you never know where it comes from,
or how many times its been reloaded, especially if it was re-loaded hot.

When i see brass layin around at the range, thats exactly where it stays when i leave the range.
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Normally I clean out the range stall before I start shooting and only pick up the brass From what my friends and I shot. I don't know how I got so many of these.
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You have to clean up your range before you shoot...???? We have a large sign in our range, and its says;
YOUR MOTHER DOES NOT LIVE HERE, YOU WILL CLEAN UP AFTER YOURSELF WHEN YOUR DONE.
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Yes, often you can hardly walk due to the number of casings on the floor. They do come out on occasion and push all the casings out in front of the stall. Also not supposed to pick up other peoples brass though if I'm shooting 45ACP anything within reach is fair game.
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A Merc aka American Ammunition sold loaded ammo, based on my personal experience with their brass many years ago, they apparently used the absolute cheapest components they could find. Their brass was headstamped A Merc, thankfully this shoddy company has gone out of business, filed Chapter 11 in 2014.

My first experience with A Merc brass was a very long time ago, I started reloading about 1967 or 1968. As a new reloader I was in desperate need of brass so I was picking up everything shooters left behind at the ranges I shot at. I kept running into these cases that wouldn't fit in the shell holder of the press, it was undamaged, so the only explanation was the brass was so far out of spec that it wouldn't fit, there was one thing all those cases that wouldn't fit had in common, they were ALL the same brand, A Merc. Talking to other reloaders I see they have the same problem, it didn't take long to figure out that when sorting brass A Merc went straight in the trash.
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Yes, often you can hardly walk due to the number of casings on the floor. They do come out on occasion and push all the casings out in front of the stall. Also not supposed to pick up other peoples brass though if I'm shooting 45ACP anything within reach is fair game.
Well, hopefully nobody slips and falls from all the brass laying on the floor. If someone does, the range will find out how fast their liability insurance works. I hear ya on the 45 brass, and i usually watch for the guys that throw out their once fired brand new cases. As a common courtesy, i always ask them if they mind if i take it off their hands... they gladly give it to me. I`ve got a couple guys that actually save their 45 brass for me now... they bag it up and put my name on the bag for me to pick up on my next range trip. I try to leave them a box of my reloads for them to shoot just for all the once fired brass they give me... fair trade, nothins free. Both guys have full supported chambers in their guns, so no worries about any brass case smilies.
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Yes, often you can hardly walk due to the number of casings on the floor. They do come out on occasion and push all the casings out in front of the stall. Also not supposed to pick up other peoples brass though if I'm shooting 45ACP anything within reach is fair game.

That crap wouldn't fly if you were next to me!

Do you "pick up" anything else that belongs to other people?

Like PaPow; if it appears they aren't keeping it, I'll ask them if they reload. At that point, if they don't, they usually tell me I can have it.

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I'm usually shooting with friends from work and know who keeps the brass. There are often eight to ten of us and only two of us reload the guys that don't save it for me or the other guy. Aside from that some goes into other lanes and some comes into your lane.
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