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pulled bullets now what

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by prkrgrp, Oct 25, 2010.

  1. prkrgrp

    prkrgrp oregon Active Member

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    several rounds i reloaded did not lock into the chamber, i pulled the bullets and resized and measured the shoulder and neck they where still .060 over the max from spec, i thru them out. now i have bullets with some scars on them not all, i thru them out also, will use pulled bullets for practice.
     
  2. Jamie6.5

    Jamie6.5 Western OR Well-Known Member

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    If they are .060 over max length at the neck, a case trimmer will fix ya right up. If they are .060 over at the shoulder you need to adjust the die down and size them again.
    If you want to leave the primers in you will need to remove the de-capping pin from the die first, and be sure to wear your safety goggles/glasses just in case.

    I'd go over your die adjustment instructions again and make sure you are doing it the way the Mfr recommends. .060 is a lot, so double check everything.
     
  3. prkrgrp

    prkrgrp oregon Active Member

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    i have the case just short of full extension with the handle
     
  4. Jamie6.5

    Jamie6.5 Western OR Well-Known Member

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    Do you mean the die isn't touching the ram when the ram is in the full up (extended) position (handle all the way down)?
     
  5. prkrgrp

    prkrgrp oregon Active Member

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    yes
     
  6. Jamie6.5

    Jamie6.5 Western OR Well-Known Member

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    If you check your instructions, I think you will find that you are supposed to extend the ram all the way up and screw the die down until it touches the shell holder.
    Then lower the ram and screw the die in 1/8 to 1/4 turn more, and tighten the lock ring.

    If you don't have them you can print RCBS instructions out here:
    http://www.rcbs.com/downloads/instructions/ReloadingDieInstructions.pdf

    If this is your first attempt, I suggest you go with the die maker's instructions, and work out the refinements after you are more familiar with the process.
     
  7. prkrgrp

    prkrgrp oregon Active Member

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    i have loaded about 100 rounds so far, my set up was right on the instructions sent thanks, the brass i had problems with was used and could have been to old to shoot any more, i think i will stick with new brass, not tht costly for the safety factor.
     
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    toolfan North Portland Member

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    If the shell holder doesn't touch the bottom of the die at the top of the ram stroke, then your set up is not right.

    The handle should lightly "cam over" at the top of the ram stroke.
     
  9. Throckmorton

    Throckmorton Florence,Ore ah gone Well-Known Member

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    a trimmer is a must when reloading rifle ammo.Usually it's the expander ball that pullls the neck out when lowering the ram.Polishing the ball or lubing the case necks can help,but a trimmer is still a must have.
    size,then measure and trim as necessary.
    After trimming most folks use a hand chamfering tool to clean up the burrs,and to chamfer the case mouth on the inside a LITTLE bit for easier bullet insertion.
     
  10. AMProducts

    AMProducts Maple Valley, WA Jerk, Ammo Manufacturer Silver Supporter

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    If you are only neck sizing, you can get away with getting one of those bushing type neck sizing tools. They use sized inserts so you only size the neck down to the level you need to hold the bullet. This works really well if you are case neck turning (as all the case necks are the same thickness) but can be a PITA otherwise. I know winchester, remington, and federal all have wide variation (between the manufacturers) as far as the thickness of the brass at the case neck. However, I consider this tool a must, if you are really trying to squeeze every last second of accuracy out of your ammunition.