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    Reloading dies

    I currently have lee dies. I have full and length sizing dies and a seater die. But tryed sizing some cases today and firstly the pin on the neck sizing die broke. 2nd the rod in the full length sizing die seems too be bent and when you try to size them it just jams the rod inside the case and it wont come out.

    So couple questions, is there sets out there other than Lee who make a 2 die set with the full and neck sizing dies in it? Or even places that sell them seperatly?

    Im using a lyman press so would like too use lyman dies if you think that makes sense? I dont want go spending fortues as im not into making small groups just reasonably groups too go shooting with.

    Any help pointing me in the right direction would be greatfully recieved.

    Paul
    Always think before you pull that trigger.

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    Are you new to reloading Pablo? Just wondering because something has gone quite wrong there.
    The cases aren't berdan primed by any chance are they, if not what cases are they?

    The make of the dies will make no difference whatsoever. It just seems odd to me you breaking the pin on a collet die and then bending the pin/rod on the full length die. I take it the inside of the neck was lubed when full length resizing.
    It's the calibre of the shooter that counts not the calibre of the rifle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 8x57 View Post
    Are you new to reloading Pablo? Just wondering because something has gone quite wrong there.
    The cases aren't berdan primed by any chance are they, if not what cases are they?

    The make of the dies will make no difference whatsoever. It just seems odd to me you breaking the pin on a collet die and then bending the pin/rod on the full length die. I take it the inside of the neck was lubed when full length resizing.
    I tryed a variety of cases. Hornady, federal, sako, norma. They all jammed in the full length sizer.
    Yes the case was lubed well. I bought the dies 2nd hand and im wondering if there has been a problem before i got them??

    i dont know but there something wrong with it thats for sure. You pull lever down and you need excessive force too even get close too getting it to cam over. Then when u did the rod was jammed. Then when take the die apart and try to remove the rod from collet nut it was solid where as i thought it should be free floating? Eventually got rod out and it seemed bent. This is first time ive used the full length sizer.

    I dont know if ive explained this wrong or not. Im trying too put into words whats wrong.
    Always think before you pull that trigger.

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    I'm sorry I'm not quite following you on that but there again I am tired so perhaps it is me. Have you read the Lee die instructions? It's just that the manufacturers sometimes have slightly differing instructions. I'm also wondering if the flash hole is smaller than usual as I have had that in the past with one batch of cases, but there again you say that you have tried various makes of case which makes me think that its you that have got it slightly wrong somewhere.
    It's the calibre of the shooter that counts not the calibre of the rifle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 8x57 View Post
    I'm sorry I'm not quite following you on that but there again I am tired so perhaps it is me. Have you read the Lee die instructions? It's just that the manufacturers sometimes have slightly differing instructions. I'm also wondering if the flash hole is smaller than usual as I have had that in the past with one batch of cases, but there again you say that you have tried various makes of case which makes me think that its you that have got it slightly wrong somewhere.

    I could well have done something wrong. But my fathers been loading for years and he cant figure it out either. Either way somthings not correct as i cnt get the cases to size properly. They are just way too tight! I know there is ment to be tight but this is crazy tight. What i mean is the rod that goes into the case to size the neck grips so tightly it pulls the whole rod out with it when u pull it back. If you got me?
    U seem to have a good bit knowledge on this subject. Could you possibly point me in the direction of new dies? I was thinking mayb rcbs? A FL and neck sizer?
    Always think before you pull that trigger.

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    Don't give up on your dies just yet, go right back to the start and read the die instructions. For a start if you are pulling the sizing rod out you haven't got the locking collar tightened properly. So go right back to step one and set up the dies correctly and see where you go from there.
    It's the calibre of the shooter that counts not the calibre of the rifle.

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    You could try cleaning the inside of the case neck with a wire brush and then lubing the inside of the neck with a cotton bud and then try, I have had this happen when there is not enough internal lube.
    Also are you using the correct case holder as you dont say which rifle you are reloading for.
    Last edited by sikadog; 05-06-2014 at 16:38.
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    I know this might be silly, but you are lubricating the cases before sizing aren't you? If you're using steel dies the cases MUST be lubed, otherwise you could end up with some of the problems you're describing.

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    Well im tighten the collor all the way as tight as it will go? Tryed reading instructions and doing wat it says. It seems to make it worse. When checked pin its defo bent or miss shapping in some way. This causing it not to be central in the die. Thats wat i think problem is..... No expert by any means.
    Always think before you pull that trigger.

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