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Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Bradford County, PA.
Re: factory or reload?
You are assuming the OP is referring to a case with a shoulder vs a straight walled case.
You are also assuming that the OP has a factory round to compare it to.
I will grant you that there are some dead giveaways to reloaded cases. I have enough experience to make an educated guess as to whether a round is a reload or factory, but not enough to stake someone else's safety on it. If the OP is asking how to tell the difference, then he is likely not an experienced reloader.
I always wonder what will happen with some of my guns and ammo if I am to die young. My custom rifles are not marked with their chamberings, and my wife has no idea what most of them are. On top of that, I have three cartridges with incorrect headstamps. I own a .20 Practical and a .223, both use .223 headstamp brass. My 25-06 barrel is unmarked, and the brass is necked down .270 brass (from when I had a .270). The 243 Ackley Improved is the factory headstamp, but at least that won't fit in anything else. I've considered taking pictures of the gun, and it's corresponding ammo, and making a book for her to reference in the event of my untimely death. Turns out I'm really good a procrastination though.