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45-70 nickel plated brass rounds
October 16, 2019
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I'm not seeing them in the usual on-line ammo dealers.  Does anyone know where I can get a couple hundred?  Thanks.

October 17, 2019
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Graf & Sons.  Web site says they have it in stock.  Made by Starline.  Best you can get.

October 17, 2019
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Graf & Sons.  Web site says they have it in stock.  Made by Starline.  Best you can get.  

I'm not seeing it.  I see 19 different options but not Starline or nickel.  I will reach out to them.  Thanks for the lead.

Okay, I called and they said it's just the cases, not loaded ammo.  I don't reload so . . .  I guess I could buy the brass and have a friend load it for me.  Thanks, though. 

October 18, 2019
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Federal loads their premium "Vital Shock" 45-70 in proprietary nickel cases.

I'm not sure if they sell it as a component. I would call them - I've always found them to be helpful.

Keep in mind it's reported to get brittle after a few firings.

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October 18, 2019
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Thanks, David.  Wow, they are proud of that stuff.  But I guess I have to pay to play.  Most are out of stock, but I'll keep my eye out.  Thanks again!  

October 18, 2019
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David McNab said

Keep in mind it's reported to get brittle after a few firings.

Dave  

Yep, Im not a fan of nickel or plated brass.  Looks pretty but its hard on your reloading equipment from what Ive found whether trimming or sizing.  I recently tossed all the plated brass Id saved over the years for loading my modern rifle cartridges in the trash can.  Not saying it cant be done, its just not as easy to work with as standard brass.

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October 22, 2019
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I have a few nickel plated cases, but what I use them for is for long-term storage in a leather gunbelt. Normal brass will discolour to an oxidized green colour because of the acids in the leather. Apart from that, everything else is brass cases.

October 23, 2019
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I use them for is for long-term storage in a leather gunbelt. Normal brass will discolour to an oxidized green colour because of the acids in the leather. 

Bingo!  It's called verdigris and it sucks.  I like the look of brass more (nickel looks Roy Rogers/Lone Ranger/Hollywood) but I have lots of gun belts that I like to see loaded better than empty.  I need 160 rounds of nickel.  I'll shoot the brass.

October 23, 2019
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Have you tried auto polish (wax) on your brass? Slightly before my time but cops used to carry their extra ammo in “speed loops” and some used auto polish to keep their brass shiny.

 

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TXGunNut said
Have you tried auto polish (wax) on your brass? Slightly before my time but cops used to carry their extra ammo in “speed loops” and some used auto polish to keep their brass shiny.

 

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Hi TXGunNut:  I have not tried that.  I think I will run a test on that, not so much to keep them shiny, but as a "layer" that might put a barrier between the brass and leather.    Thanks for the tip.  Someone mentioned another barrier idea in another thread but it sounded like it might create a build-up issue that could gum up the works.  Auto polish sounds pretty thin/innocuous.  

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