Nickel-Plated Brass Casings Explained

Nickel-plated brass casings for both pistol and rifle ammunition offers a unique spin on the standard brass casings or steel casings. Nickel-plated brass looks a little nicer and costs quite a bit cheaper than standard brass casings and it can be reloaded making it a very good choice for someone looking for a bit of everything. The savings can add up tremendously if you find yourself firing off thousands of rounds every month or even year.

The two main things to keep in mind about nickel-plated brass ammo is that it’s corrosive resistant and feeds smoother than straight brass or steel. There are quite a few additional reasons you might be interested in this type of ammo also.

Corrosion Resistance

Law enforcement looks highly upon nickel-plated casings due to their corrosion resistance. These are created by taking the brass casing and electroplating it with a thin layer of nickel. You end up with ammo that’s highly resistant to the green spots that show up on old brass called verdigris. While mainly associated with leather holsters and cases, it can sometimes show up in other unexpected places where you store your ammo, weapons, and accessories.

Smooth Feed

Nickel-plated casings feed smoother than your average brass casing. Nickel has naturally lower friction than brass and this leads to smooth feedings and extractions in semi-auto weapons. This improves the weapons overall performance and reduces the odds of getting a jam. Smoother feeds also leads to less overall wear and tear on your firearm so you’ll be replacing less parts over the years.

Reloading Options

This type of casing can be reloaded just like brass as long as it remains intact. It may split at the mouth a bit quicker than brass but you should still be able to get a lot of life out of these casings. Nickel-plated brass will also return to almost its original sizing so it’s easier to extract.

Appearance

Nickel-plated brass casings with a nice looking bullet simply look phenomenal. You can use these as decorations if you have some old revolvers on the wall. A nice spread of this ammo around them can turn it into art of sorts. This is the ammo you can find used in different types of jewelry because it’s just so..shiny.

Should you buy nickel-plated brass over regular brass? I guess that comes down to what you’re going to do with it. Nickel-plated has a better anti-corrosion factor so it could be a good choice if you’re stockpiling or buying in bulk. Brass is more expensive so going this route you could save a nice chunk of change as well.

It all comes to personal preference with this particular casing. You can get the same performance as brass or other metals on the range. Cost is definitely something to consider, the intended use, where you’re going to shoot (always check to see what casings are allowed) and the way it looks. Nickel-plated brass will definitely add a little bling to your gun case and some people enjoy that a lot.

Written by Sam Jacobs