How would you answer this from a new reloader?

gunwalkergunwalker MemberPosts: 470 Member
Can you reload Blazer ammo? This guy reasons that if it was strong enough to be loaded once for full house 357, then it could reloaded after trimming to size. He figures he can reload it at least once safely. How would you respond?
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  • VarmintmistVarmintmist Senior Member Posts: 6,461 Senior Member
    Strength isnt the issue. AL doesnt take to forming over and over and it will crack. That and I think some are berdan primed.
    It's boring, and your lack of creativity knows no bounds.
  • gunner81gunner81 Member Posts: 327 Member
    I had problems with new .357 Blazzer ammo I wouldnt try reloading
  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 25,834 Senior Member
    How would I answer? I would say that I would do so only in the most desperate of circumstances. The type of aluminum alloy used is not an alloy that is made for reloading. It work hardens quickly and will fail at some point; might be the first reloading or the third, and when it does fail, it can be nasty. Is saving a couple of cents per round worth destroying a firearm and maybe injuring the shooter? I don't think so.

    Here's a website that shows some aluminum case failures. Worth looking at:

    http://headstampfinebrass.blogspot.com/
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  • HAWKENHAWKEN Senior Member Posts: 1,685 Senior Member
    The original Blazer ammo was boxer primed. I found a bunch of it, (several hundred .45apc), at a local gun range. I reloaded them with .230 grain LRN over 4 grains of Clays, with no problems. Try a couple and see how they look and chamber. Remember that these are target loads, so don't go crazy with them. Let us know how it works out. Inquiring minds want to know. Keep yer powder dry........Robin :applause:
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  • shootershooter Senior Member Posts: 1,186 Senior Member
    gunwalker wrote: »
    Can you reload Blazer ammo? This guy reasons that if it was strong enough to be loaded once for full house 357, then it could reloaded after trimming to size. He figures he can reload it at least once safely. How would you respond?

    It depends on what type of "Blazer ammo".

    This issue has come up on the forum in the past and some folks were not aware that Blazer ammo is also available in brass cases.
    If you are talking about reloading "aluminum" Blazer cases…. Don't. The Blazer brass cases as shown in this photo are a.o.k to reload.

    blazerbrass.jpg
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  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 18,275 Senior Member
    Doesn't aluminum case Blazer have an oddball-sized Berdan primer?
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  • shootershooter Senior Member Posts: 1,186 Senior Member
    Teach wrote: »
    Doesn't aluminum case Blazer have an oddball-sized Berdan primer?
    Jerry

    Yes, the aluminum variety has Berdan priming and is not easily reloadable. The brass variety of Blazer is a.o.k. for reloading.
    It is boxer primed.
    There's no such thing as having too much ammo, unless you're on fire or trying to swim!
  • gunwalkergunwalker Member Posts: 470 Member
    Thank you gentlemen. I will ask him to read this thread. Who knows, maybe he will join us.
    We do not view the world as it is, but as we perceive it to be.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,564 Senior Member
    gunwalker wrote: »
    Can you reload Blazer ammo? This guy reasons that if it was strong enough to be loaded once for full house 357, then it could reloaded after trimming to size. He figures he can reload it at least once safely. How would you respond?

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  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 14,840 Senior Member
    Zee wrote: »
    "If you do, be sure to take video."

    That's what I like about you...short...to the point and chuckle generating....
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  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 18,275 Senior Member
    I want to watch the first case go through the decapper/resizer. Punching that new flash hole is going to require some serious grunt!
    Jerry
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  • 41magnut41magnut Senior Member Posts: 1,158 Senior Member
    I have reloaded a bucket full of Blazer Brass in 9MM & 40S&W. As someone mentioned earlier the aluminum cases are berdan primed, as are Monarch steel cased ammo. I confirmed this by breaking a decapping pin, with a aluminum case that got by me.
    If my memory serves me correctly, a writer on the G&A staff, did an acticle conserning reloading steel cases. Seems like his conclusion was "Yes, it could be reloaded.......". There were some precautions, caveats, and so on.
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