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Each time I reload a hull - (I only load Remington STS Green or Nitro Gold empties), I put a black felt tip "tick" mark on the base of the hull - either before or after the reloading operation. When there are 6 tick marks, the hull goes into the "load once more and pitch" box. The final load is a 1 oz. of #8s for practice or use in an autoloader to shoot skeet or sporting clays....let them fly. No scientific reason just 6 - 7 loads seems enough. Regards, Ed
 

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Depending on the powder, some powders burn up a hull. When all I used was Hodgdons Tite group, and gun club hulls, I would load until one of the places where the shell crimps would split. That was the only damage I ever saw. When I was using alliant powder, it must have burned hotter, because I would often get some side splits before or about the same time as the mouth spliting. I hardly ever loaded any other hull than green or gold Remingtons, I even loaded those black throw away remingtons with great success.
 

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I toss any AA hull (CF or 2-piece) after 4 reloads because some of them start to leak around the primer after 4. Winchester or Federal primers... it doesn't matter. I find heavy soot rings on the receiver around the firing pin and I know that they're blowing trash into my action. All the hulls in a box stay together for life so when a few leak they all go.

Remington hulls go for 7 reloads...period. By that number, the crimps are getting brittle. As easy as they are to come by, there's no reason to go further.

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I load STS/GC hulls until the mouth looses elasticity and/or pin holes start forming at the crimp fold. I don't keep records of the number of loadings or keep the hulls in specific lots but I would guess I get about 8 loadings out of these hulls.

Also if I see a reload with a little dark residue around the primer pocket I will let that one fly on the next firing regardless of plastic quality.
 

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I try to use once or twice fired for registered. I doubt it really matters for Singles or Doubles, but it is one less thing for my pea brain to worry about.

For practice loads, I load Top Guns once. Plastic base wad hulls get used until I see a split at the crimp folds. Hull life remains an mystery as I am too lazy to keep track.

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These are good for at least one maybe two more loadings.

Jim

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Nice hull Jim, with a soldering iron you can melt that plastic and repair the split. No sense letting a good hull go to waste. HMB
 
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