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Brad in Idaho
I've got several hundred pieces of once fired 5.56 brass. It is headstamped MAL (Malaysia), and HB (Singapore) both are supposed to be military brass, and are boxer primed. I have polished a bunch of it, and it looks good, that is, not corroded or cruddy. I have had others tell me it is good brass to reload, I'm just wondering if any of you here have had experience with it.
I've reloaded the MAL (Malaysia) brass. Found that after about 5 reloads I started to get head seperations. Was loading 55 grain FMJ with 27 grains of Winchester 748 powder. I would discard (recycle) the brass after 5 reloads. Other than that the brass was fine.
I've used some for plinking ammo without issue,
I don't think (I'll have to dig out the notes) that any have been reloaded more than 3x's,
I'll keep an eye out for them now, and keep them seperate,,,
I have a lot of MAL brass. It's good stuff. don't have any HB so I don't know anything about it.
I had some Singaporean brass many years ago (1970's). It had really tight flash holes and grabbed my decapping pin in every case. If your decapper has a really small pin, this may not be a problem for you.
A reamer would take care of the small flash hole.
I've reloaded Malaysian at least 5x. It's good stuff. I've never had a case head separation like WHG posted. But he says his load was 27.0 of 748, which sounds pretty hot to me. I load 25.0 of 748 and never had a problem.
I had some Malaysian ammo I bought back in the mid 90's that also had very tight flash holes.
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