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    Brass fit to shell holder?

    I've found that Hornady and Federal brass fit fine in my (correct for caliber) shell holder. Geco, RWS and S&B don't.

    Presumably different manufacturing specs on the brass, but surprised at the difference.

    Is that normal?
    I never make the same mistake twice.

    I make it five or six times.

    Just to be sure.


  2. #2
    If they don't fit at all then no, cases should all be made to SAAMI specifications (where there is one) so they should all be within a fairly tight tolerance.

    What calibre are you using?
    There's room for all Gods creatures ........... right next to the mash and gravy

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    Its 7x57 - GECO, RWS and S&B simply don't slide into the shell holder.
    I never make the same mistake twice.

    I make it five or six times.

    Just to be sure.


  4. #4
    Is it by any chance a Lee shell holder? my friend has similar problems with a Lee 223 one.
    There's room for all Gods creatures ........... right next to the mash and gravy

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    Yup, sure is. Maybe I'll try another brand.
    I never make the same mistake twice.

    I make it five or six times.

    Just to be sure.


  6. #6
    I have a spare Lee R2 if you want to try it?
    There's room for all Gods creatures ........... right next to the mash and gravy

  7. #7
    Quote Originally Posted by JockStalk View Post
    I've found that Hornady and Federal brass fit fine in my (correct for caliber) shell holder. Geco, RWS and S&B don't.

    Presumably different manufacturing specs on the brass, but surprised at the difference.

    Is that normal?
    I deal with a lot of different calibres of rival makes.

    The German dimension standards are different for 7x57, and the correct rim diameter size is .4763. You need a 6.5 x 55 (Lee #3) shellholder.

    The Americans make everything to fit .243 - .308.
    If I'm going to be accused of it then it's just as well I did it.

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    Weird - you and the post Its was a Lee shell holder that I used on those Geco rounds and fitted just fine - of course I can't remember which number it was! I'll check next time I pass the bench as it'll be at the front of the shelf.

    But best I just give you 25 for the old 'gas-pipe' and you can buy a 'proper' calibre....
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    Thanks all, and I know your motives towards my Varberger are impure Andy.
    I'll try the No3 holder, thanks for the offer Phaedra but looks like it's the no2 that's the problem.
    Cheers
    Jim
    I never make the same mistake twice.

    I make it five or six times.

    Just to be sure.


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    7x57 is the only calibre that I have ever had this problem with too. I resolved it by using a different shell holder but I was never really happy about it, one was too tight and one too loose. I can't remember which make or number shellholders I was using as it was a good while ago now.

    I am quite often surprised how much difference there is in the case dimensions between manufacturers even in more modern calibre.

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