Our Brass

Fired Brass

Tascosa Cartridge Processed Fired Brass

We call it Fired Brass because we’re not sure just how the other guys can guarantee you that it’s been fired Once? We can’t.

Most of our fired brass is fully processed, but regardless of the caliber, it will at least be cleaned, deprimed, inspected, and have the dents ironed out. Rest assured, we’ve had our hands on every case we send out. We process hundreds of pounds of fired brass, and blister our eyeballs making sure only the good stuff get’s packaged. If we miss something, don’t panic. You will ALWAYS get a few extras. The individual product descriptions detail the processes that each individual caliber has been through. Some are different, so please read the descriptions.

And, come back and visit. we’re always adding new calibers (treasures) that come in unexpectedly!

Brass Processing Definitions & Descriptions

You’ll find next to each caliber a full description of what we’ve done. Our processing of fired brass ranges from cleaning, to cleaning and de-priming, to fully processing.

Sorting: There’s no quick and easy way to sort hundreds of pounds of mixed brass. So, we sort it the old fashioned way and have our hands on almost every piece. This is our first opportunity to inspect the brass and discard any bulged, damaged, or berdan primed cases. The only thing that makes this process bearable is all the cool stuff we find! Over time we’ve found a handful of every caliber you could possibly imagine and some you’ve never heard of! We have a varied collection of small quantities of weird stuff for any of you collectors out there. Give us a call and see if we have what you’re looking for.

Cleaning: Our goal is for you to start the reloading process with fired cases in like new condition. To accomplish this all our fired brass is cleaned twice (at least). Once our brass is sorted and prior to processing, all brass is thoroughly cleaned using coarse walnut media to remove the tough stains and give us a better look at what we’ve got. After this initial clean-up, we will invariably find some additional cases that don’t make the cut and are discarded for any number of reasons. Following this second inspection and processing, all our brass is given a final cleaning with corncob media and brass cleaner. We run our tumblers as long as it takes to produce bright clean brass.

Processing: (Why you’re paying a bit more for our processed brass versus the brass that’s picked up off the ground and thrown in a bag!)

Processed Fired BrassDe-priming: Much of the bottleneck rifle brass we sell is de-primed using a universal die before the final cleaning. This is our third opportunity to inspect the cases. We do this for 2 reasons, we want the final cleaning to loosen up the fouling in the primer pocket and we assume if your reloading these types of cases you’re the kind of guy who wants to size this brass yourself to properly headspace the cases as well as clean and inspect the primer pocket and flash hole prior to priming and loading. We’ll also de-prime brass we think may possibly contain berdan primers. This enables us to quickly cull 100% of the non-reloadable brass as well as save you a step in your case prep process.

Processed Fired BrassSizing: We full length size and check with a case gauge many of our common rifle calibers such as 30-30 and 30-06, as well as cartridges likely to end up in a semi-auto such as 223 and 308. Our fully processed handgun cartridges are full length sized in Dillon size/de-cap dies. We lightly lube ALL cases prior to sizing to minimize stress on the brass as well as add better consistency to the pressure required in the de-capping process. Our equipment is set to stop on any primer which requires excessive force and the cases are discarded. We offer Full-Length Push-Thru sizing as an option on 380, 9mm, 10mm/40SW, and 45acp. For these semi-auto cases which are fired in firearms with an unsupported chamber, a very slight base bulge can develop which a conventional sizing die will not remove. This process returns the case to its original perfectly concentric condition.

Processed Fired BrassPrimer Pocket Swaging and Reaming: Due to the large quantities of military brass, all 223 and 308 cases are lightly swaged during processing as needed. On other cases which frequently have crimped primer pockets such as 30-06, we ream the primer pockets using LE Wilson tools. We can ream primer pockets on 223 and 308 on a special order basis. We do not routinely swage primer pockets on handgun brass.

Trimming: We’ve found that 223 and 308 brass varies considerably in overall length so these cases are trimmed as necessary to their respective suggested trim-to lengths during processing.