How does Tacticor process the brass casings?

How does Tacticor process the brass casings?

Posted by Tacticor Public Relations Dept. on Apr 14th 2023

TACTICOR obtains FIRED brass from known and trusted Military, Law Enforcement and Civilian ranges and completely reconditions and reconditions the product for perfect reuse. In most instances, our fully processed products possess tighter tolerances than those of the original manufacturers. Our aim is to provide the life-long reloader with an exceptional cartridge, which they can transform into the highest grade of ammunition.

Pre-Process Quality Control

Starting with bulk amounts of pre-fired cartridges, TACTICOR sorts out any damaged brass, blanks, dummy rounds, training ammunition and any other unusable material. This is done to ensure that we start with the highest quality material. At the collection point all products are inspected and hand sorted in bulk amounts. Once at our facility the products are sorted again, cleaned and reinspected.

Phase I - Initial Cleaning Sorting

TACTICOR begins its reconditioning process by tumbling the brass and clearing away any nested .22 shells, excess dirt, powder, and other particles that will hinder the further processing. Our large rotary tumbling process effectively removes any unwanted debris. Thus, During the initial cleaning and sorting defective pieces of brass are also removed from the lot.

Phase II – Additional Cleaning and Polishing

It is important to have brass cleaned prior to running it thru any processing equipment or resizing dies. The dirt and grime of dirty brass can reduce the life of the equipment and damage the resizing dies. The entire lot of brass is then placed in large rotary tumblers that hold a proprietary mixture of media and the second cleaning and first polishing is completed. The brass is tumbled and cleaned inside and out with this media and is then electronically screened. The result is brass cleaned to a mirror like finish and ready for processing.

TACTICOR provides processed and unprocessed brass for sale. It is at this point that the cleaned and sorted brass is moved to final inspection, packaging and sale. As many reloaders desire to deprime, resize and trim their own brass, there is no reason for Tacticor to provide this additional service, thus saving the reloader money.

Phase III – Processing

For those pieces of brass that are fully processed, the lot continues onto our processing station where the casings are inspected again, roll sized, deprimed, swaged, resized, deburred and trimmed to SAAMI specifications. The shell casings are then placed back into the rotary tumblers with media and tumbled again so the primer pockets are cleaned, and the brass is polished one final time and the media is electronically screened and blown to remove all residue and media material.

Roll Sizing, Depriming, Swaging and Resizing

TACTICOR uses the highest quality commercial grade equipment and dies for ensuring that brass cartridge components are roll sized, deprimed, swaged and resized to original form and SAAMI specifications. Each piece of brass is roll sized prior to any further actions. This ensures the reconditioning process is conducted properly. The Depriming and swaging is completed using the highest components and machines.

Resizing & Trimming

As cartridge casings expand and lengthen when fired, TACTICOR takes extra care to precisely reshape each product to its original form using caliber specific sizing dies and trimmers. This process uses strict SAAMI specifications for both the outer diameter and case-mouth dimensions. In addition to reforming the brass cartridges, TACTICOR also trims the top portion of rifle cases (around the mouth) to return the case to its correct length. This resizing is defined by SAMMI specifications.

Final Cleaning & Polishing 

During rifle brass processing, a lubricant is used to provide a uniform and concentric form to the cartridge, as well as to protect the reloading press and the brass case itself. To remove this material, TACTICOR wet washes to clean this lubricant off the cases.  The cases are then polished and dried with a centrifugal hot dryer, which eliminates all moisture and water spots from the brass cases.  Primer pockets are also cleaned and the result is a brass case that looks better than new. 


Phase IV: Final Inspection

All TACTICOR brass that has been fully processed then goes thru a final visual and hand inspection station before packaged shipped to the customer. Cartridge cases are randomly sampled and gauged along the entire reconditioning process and Final Inspection process.  Each station operates under strict industry tolerances to ensure all products are well within median SAMMI specifications for all dimensions.

TACTICOR Brass products are 100% Quality Control Inspected before final packaging to ensure user performance and customer satisfaction. Just in case an error has occurred a 2% overage is added to all orders in case the customer finds a casing that is unsatisfactory.

Storage, Packaging & Shipping

After final inspection, the cases are stored within VCI (Vapor Corrosion Inhibited) bags/containers to protect the brass and maintain its quality.  This type of storage protects the finished brass product for up to 3 years.  Once an order is accepted, TACTICOR fills the order and offers a few different packaging solutions, including retail ready packaging, as well as bulk packaging. Shipping is guaranteed within 5 business days. Our normal shipping method is USPS flat rate shipping.  We also utilized UPS and Fed Ex for shipments.  Hazmat Fees apply, when applicable.  Shipping is free for orders over $100.00 USD