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    Bullet seating die advice.

    Quick question to the more experienced reloaders on here than me (which will be most of you).

    If I FL resize all my brass in one session, then store most of it for later use, should I re-apply case lube when using the seating die at a later date?

    Thanks,
    Guy

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    Hi. No need for case lube when bullet seating. Make sure you've cleaned the lube off the cases after sizing.

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    So after resize you are not doing the following?

    1. Chamfering inside of neck and removing attendant burr from lip
    2. Primer pocket de-crudding c/o mini brass wire brush and cordless screwdriver
    3. Ultrasonic bath cleaning and full drying
    4. Tumbling in a polishing media with slug of Braso
    5. Ensuring each case is free from any residual media granules c/o a small brush poked into every case and inspected with wee torch

    Let me know when you get around to the priming stage and I’ll resume!

    Cheers

    K
    Last edited by Klenchblaize; 10-12-2014 at 11:19.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeftHandGuy View Post
    Quick question to the more experienced reloaders on here than me (which will be most of you).

    If I FL resize all my brass in one session, then store most of it for later use, should I re-apply case lube when using the seating die at a later date?

    Thanks,
    Guy

    no,
    you want zero lubricant in the neck before seating
    you need some grip to allow the pressure to build

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeftHandGuy View Post
    Quick question to the more experienced reloaders on here than me (which will be most of you).

    If I FL resize all my brass in one session, then store most of it for later use, should I re-apply case lube when using the seating die at a later date?

    Thanks,
    Guy
    No, but you might apply graphite to the inside of the case necks prior to bullet seating. It depends on what you are trying to achieve. Regards JCS

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klenchblaize View Post
    So after resize you are not doing the following?

    1. Chamfering inside of neck and removing attendant burr from lip
    2. Primer pocket de-crudding c/o mini brass wire brush and cordless screwdriver
    3. Ultrasonic bath cleaning and full drying
    4. Tumbling in a polishing media with slug of Braso
    5. Ensuring each case is free from any residual media granules c/o a small brush poked into every case and inspected with wee torch

    Let me know when you get around to the priming stage and I’ll resume!

    Cheers

    K
    Right, up until now I have been loading 308 win with a Lee Loader but now I have press, either way the process is, or has been:

    1. size and deprime
    2. clean primer pocket (Lee primer pocket cleaner)
    3. trim (Lee trimmer)
    4. chamfer inside and outside case mouth (Lee chamfer tool)
    5. inspect case with torch, or sometimes desk lamp!
    6. prime
    7. charge
    8. seat bullet
    9. measure OAL

    Using the Lee loader I haven't needed lubricant. Neither have I bothered to crimp (partly because the 150 grn interlocks I am loading have a crimping groove too high for the min OAL I am loading to).

    Now I'm using a press and FL dies, although so far I've only used it FL size some cases that wouldn't chamber in my rifle - so it's all learning at the moment.

    But, I have the first part of my answer - remove the lube prior to using the seating die.

    Many thanks,

    Guy

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    Guy. Can I suggest a step 4b? Clean the cases? I normally clean the cases before re-sizing and at the end of my brass prep cycle. Regards JCS

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcampbellsmith View Post
    Guy. Can I suggest a step 4b? Clean the cases? I normally clean the cases before re-sizing and at the end of my brass prep cycle. Regards JCS
    Yes, I'll take that. How would you recommend cleaning them?

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    you can clean them to food standard cleanliness or give the necks a rub with some OO wire wool!
    numerous devices for achieving various levels of bling

    cheap unltrasonic cleaners from Aldi and the like
    Vibratory cleaners requiring walnut or corn cob media and some room
    Wet tumblers with stainless media

    all options

    or fine wire wool!


    N.B. you don't need to be loading to the cannelure to utilise crimping
    any light crimp to the bearing surface will be/could be beneficial
    personally I find crimping into a groove too much crimp

    get a Lee Factory Crimp die if you want to experiment
    may not be required

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    This kind of makes a mockery of progressive presses surely? My Dillon takes a fired case, de=primes and resizes and re-primes in one action, then charges the case, then seats a bullet..... it doesn't have a stage for cleaning the case......
    Opinions are like arseholes....... we all have them, and most of them stink

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