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    once fired cases not chambering

    Hi all.i recently bought some once fired cases off sd.i ran them all through my chamber.21 wouldn't chamber.10 to 15 were a little to tight for my liking.am sure somebody said they can be resized so they will chamber.could somebody refresh me how it's done.i think that's was my last purchase of once fired.at the mo 1/3 of these cases are useless to me.

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    Just full resize them & reload as norm , use them they will then be fire formed to your own rifles chamber

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    I had exactly the same problem with some NEW Winchester .308 cases. I loaded them in a hurry without passing them through my resizing die. Around 15% of them either wouldn't chamber or were tight. I dismantled the rounds and ran them through the full length resize die. All was fine after. Not sure if that helps a great deal?

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    I got in the same muddle when I got my first centrefire rifle - just wanted to practice cycling the bolt and chambering rounds using once-fired brass from someone else. Of course they wouldn't fit - had been fire-formed to the other guy's rifle.
    Our old friend Brithunter put me back on track by sending me some full-length re-sized brass, which was fine.
    Now I re-size my empty cases during the reloading process, with the press and die all set up to give just the right size for my rifle.

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    I bought them as fully prepped.i might try resizing one of problem cases and see if it will chamber. Can't see them chambering

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    Quote Originally Posted by swarovski View Post
    I bought them as fully prepped.i might try resizing one of problem cases and see if it will chamber. Can't see them chambering
    I made the mistake once of turning the sizing die a quarter turn back up rather than a quarter turn further down. The result was that nothing chambered and I had to re-re-load about 100-odd rounds I'd done with the die before I tried shooting one and couldn't close the bolt on it.

    My point is that it could be user error on the part of your supplier - it's easily done.

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    Full length re size and trim to length this should solve your problem.
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    Incredible, words fail me...
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    This could be because your FL die is not sizing right down at the head. Make sure your die is adjusted to touch the shell holder, then a bit more. If that doesn't fix it, there's a die just for this problem, a small base die. Often used in semi autos but useful when sizing used brass from another rifle that may have a slack chamber.


    If you have a spare shell holder you could file/machine a few thou off the top to achieve the same result. (or splash out on some Redding competition shell holders)

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    Unbelievable. Reloading basics totally ignored and Redding competition shell holders will not help (opposite to what you think) - if you take the time to understand what they do.
    Must be April 1st.
    Last edited by Sauer90; 03-11-2015 at 20:15.
    A young man who isn't a socialist hasn't got a heart; an old man who is a socialist hasn't got a head.
    I have summat for sale; here's the M̶i̶d̶w̶a̶y̶ Brownells UK price... effin jokers.
    "The .30-'06 is unstable at close range" - Ahahahahhahh!


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