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Old 10-02-2011, 22:26   #1
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Wow rifle loading blows.. well prepping at least..

went to a buds house to resize deprime some 223.. wow man this is a PITA lol
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Old 10-02-2011, 22:36   #2
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Yes, yes it does. Did you measure the length of the case and remove the crimp too? Range pick-up brass tends to vary from 1.734 to 1.769. I toss anything less than 1.745.
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Old 10-02-2011, 22:41   #3
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no actually i have not. none of this crimped its all rem once fired
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Old 10-02-2011, 22:48   #4
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You're lucky. Half the stuff I get at the range is LC or FC and is ring crimped. At least check the length of those cases.
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Old 10-02-2011, 22:51   #5
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will do bud ! all this brass was from 1 friend of mine.. bout 700 pieces
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Old 10-02-2011, 23:00   #6
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Old 10-02-2011, 23:19   #7
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There isn't much prep to do with commercial once fired rifle brass but size, primer & load. You don;t get into trimming until about 3-5 firings, depending on gun & load & unless you are doing match quality ammo, doing any add'l brass pres is useless IMO.
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Old 10-02-2011, 23:23   #8
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Yeah, rifle reloading sucks. I hate lubing brass. Absolutely hate it. Wish I could get a carbide body die so I don't have to use lube.
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Old 10-02-2011, 23:26   #9
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You still need to lube, even with a carbide rifle die.
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Old 10-02-2011, 23:26   #10
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went to a buds house to resize deprime some 223.. wow man this is a PITA lol
Think that sucs, wait until they stretch, and have to be trimmed + everything you've had to do so far! That's when the fun really starts!
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Old 10-02-2011, 23:29   #11
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You still need to lube, even with a carbide rifle die.
Yes I know that. That's why I said I wish. Carbide steel is expensive and for a rifle die you're looking at $200 minimum for one that is completely carbide so lube isn't required (I bought a custom sizer die for the 45/70 so I didn't have to have lube during sizing).
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Old 10-02-2011, 23:39   #12
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Lubing rifle cases is my least favorite part of reloading...though there's something satisfying about wiping them off.

Case trimming is also a PITA...though for my AR I slack for my plinking loads and don't worry about it for two reloads...never seems to matter.

If you're trying to remove crimped primers from 5.56 casings, Lee's 10$ (from Midway) Universal Decapping Die fits right in your press, and is a lot smoother and easier for me than stand alone 5.56 decrimpers.
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Old 10-03-2011, 07:55   #13
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I use a 650 with a carbide size die in one and still have to lube but I even lube pistol cases. I post load tumble to knock the lube off. I now have a size die on station 1 and 5 with the trimmer on #3. The extra run through size dies with the expanders at #5 on the 650 and #2, 3 on the 1050 iron out the case mouth after trimming without need to debur or chamfer. The 1050 also swages crimped primer pockets as part of the normal loading process.


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Another big time saver is the automatic annealer I built. It takes a few minutes to get everything set but then you can move on to other tasks, filling the hopper from time to time.

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Old 10-03-2011, 08:33   #14
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This is where a 650 or even a 1050 with case feeder comes in real handy.
One time I did 3 20mm ammo cans full of 9mm brass using the 650. And swaged them all with a Dillon Super Swager.
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Old 10-03-2011, 09:00   #15
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Get some Hornady One Shot. Spray it on the cases. Let it dry for a minute then run them through the die. Easy.

I think .223 is a pain in the butt in general because it's so small.

Saw some .30-06 hunting ammo at Sportsman's Warehouse the other day - two bucks a shot is what blows.
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Get some Hornady One Shot. Spray it on the cases. Let it dry for a minute then run them through the die. Easy.

I think .223 is a pain in the butt in general because it's so small.

Saw some .30-06 hunting ammo at Sportsman's Warehouse the other day - two bucks a shot is what blows.

+1^ When you used to have to role on a lube pad especially with RCBS lube that sucked . With HOS and other spray lubes a few simple sprays and let dry and your done. Couldn't be simpler.
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Old 10-03-2011, 09:21   #17
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"I toss anything less than 1.745."

Why? Unless you are crimping your loads in which you needed a specific case length. I know 1.740" to 1.745" will work fine, It's even recommended by RCBS if you use their X die.
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Old 10-03-2011, 09:24   #18
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you can lube a lot faster with the RCBS lube if you dump your brass into a bucket, squeeze a bunch of lube onto your hands, then just run your hands around the brass picking up handfuls and working the lube around with your hands. Spend about a minute working it all around and there you go. I've done 500 pieces of 5.56 brass at a time. Took maybe a little over a minute. Then deprime/resize then toss back into the tumbler.
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Get some Hornady One Shot. Spray it on the cases. Let it dry for a minute then run them through the die. Easy.

I think .223 is a pain in the butt in general because it's so small.

Saw some .30-06 hunting ammo at Sportsman's Warehouse the other day - two bucks a shot is what blows.

I agree. One Shot for 223 but for anything larger I have to break out my Unique.
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You lube your large cases with Unique?
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