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 Post subject: Damage Brass
PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2014 3:00 am 
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Good evening, shot my new VEPR today, but my spent casings have a distinctive ding in them like someone used a flat head and slightly punched it. Its located about half way up from the bottom (images attached). Problem is I want to reload them and not sure if its safe with the dings. Can someone give me some advice in what the problem might be and a solution? I'm thinking its hitting the receiver cover on its way out.


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 Post subject: Re: Damage Brass
PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2014 3:06 am 
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You are correct, receiver cover. Some people use valmet ejection port buffers, some use a piece of rubber weather strip made for sheet metal edges, and others just reload it. Yours look better than some.


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 Post subject: Re: Damage Brass
PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2014 3:20 am 
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Thank you for the reply, do you think a shell deflector will help?


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 Post subject: Re: Damage Brass
PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2014 3:37 am 
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Those pieces of brass are safe to reload. The dings will mostly be "ironed" out when firing them again.


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 Post subject: Re: Damage Brass
PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2014 12:15 pm 
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All of the above is correct.

I might also suggest cleaning the dust cover thoroughly and making a sort of mold from masking tape then applying black urethane caulk to the edge of the dust cover. It is non permanent, and can do about the same as the valmet cover. Quality Urethane is pretty durable stuff too.

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 Post subject: Re: Damage Brass
PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2014 4:57 pm 
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Thank you for the advice, I will try that out.


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 Post subject: Re: Damage Brass
PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2014 4:16 pm 
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If you still have a problem after trying what has already been mentioned you can try shaping the ejector with a file. This worked for me as my 54r brass/steel was getting all sorts of damaged - and it is really easy to do. Some don't like the idea of making permanent changes to their firearm and I respect that. Rather than explain its easier to check out a clip on youtube "ak ejector adjustment" or here is a link to a video. Different gun, however same concept applies.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXuv4-5GEBA

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 Post subject: Re: Damage Brass
PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2014 5:41 am 
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Good point. But definitely not a first resort unless you are very confident.

Also ammo of varied power and lubricity will eject differently. Tuning the ejector to one load will not result in the same pattern with all loads. Since you are saving brass, that implies you reload though, so you could guarantee you always load to the same specs.

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 Post subject: Re: Damage Brass
PostPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2014 2:28 am 
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That's true, no doubt. I shoot mostly 147-149gr surplus , but also some other cheap stuff like Wolf, PPU 182, silver bear 203gr among others that go on sale. Some cases land a in a nice pile at a few feet away and others fly into the woods 20 ft away. Very few ever hit my dust cover anymore though. I apologize as I thought I linked a different video. That was painfully long and, well, stupid. Anyhoo, I brought my $5 pack of files to my range and a few file strokes to shape the ejector angle downward followed by a few test shots. I repeated this maybe 4 times and in 20 minutes I had my gun ejecting brass/steel/copper washed/zinc plated cases cleanly.

Funny thing is don't reload either so I'm not sure why I even bothered. I'm just a geek that likes to shoot and have too much time on my hands I guess. If masking tape works then by all means - whatever it takes to get the results you want. Good luck!

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 Post subject: Re: Damage Brass
PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2014 8:31 am 
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valmet ejection port buffers are unobtanium and have been for years now. :(

my 54r vepr dents the crap out of my brass.


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