Case stuck in sizer!


January 27, 2010, 05:19 PM
I got lazy and tried to small base size a .223 shell lacking enough lube. It went in fine, then pulled the rim off when I tried to take it out.

Any tricks to get it out? It is really stuck in there.

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January 27, 2010, 05:31 PM
RCBS makes a "stuck case" removal kit. If you can't get one, maybe I could suggest drilling a hole through the primer, then run up one of those self-tapping "broken bolt" removal screws. Before you try that though, I'd first take the die out of the press and try to soak some penetrating oil (got Kroil).
Good luck.

January 27, 2010, 05:39 PM
+1 to MichaelKs comment above. I ahve had good luck with the RCBS stuck case remover.

Good luck!

January 27, 2010, 05:42 PM
Take the die out of the press and place it in the freezer. After an hour or two, put it back in the press and try to pull the case out with pliers since the case rim has been damaged. As mentioned earlier, some oil applied between the brass and the die will make things easier.

January 27, 2010, 05:52 PM
I unscrew the top of my rcbs die and then use a pair of pliers to get the neck sizer off the die. Then I use a round file that just perfectly fits inside the hole and pound it out with my hammer. I have done about 20 of them this way with 100% success rate. I know that sounds like a lot, but I have done A LOT of rounds.

I have been tempted to buy the dillon carbide die simply because my die has gotten so bad that I have to use so much lube that it puts lube dents in the shoulder no matter how hard I try. I have found that if I heat up the die and the lube then it takes a lot less lube to get it to work. Hopefully that helps.

Oh and I guess I better warn you that if your case is stuck bad enough my method may not work as you could possibly bash right through the case.

January 27, 2010, 06:04 PM
Good ideas. Thanks.

I'll give it a try this evening.

January 27, 2010, 08:02 PM
Take your die out and put it in a vise. Spray some lube. Around the base and let it sit for a few minutes. Use a pare of vise grips on the showing part of the case and twist back and forth. I got a 7mm mag case out like this.

January 27, 2010, 08:12 PM
Here's how you can make your own stuck case remover from local parts (it's easy):

January 27, 2010, 08:36 PM
mongoose has the right answer, if you don't have a socket a nut and washer work too.

January 27, 2010, 08:44 PM
Move the sizing stem as high as you can get it in the die. Get a socket out of your set that will just fit over the case. Get a flat washer that will fit over your self tapping screw, use as big as you can or up to 1/4" . Put the screw in you power drill on slow, drill the screw into the brass and it will pull the case out. I like to use the Screws like they use on metal roofing, they already have the drill bit made in and will pull the case right out.
No need to drill and tap!

Jimmy K

January 28, 2010, 09:58 AM
You didn't say what brand of die you have but if it a Dillon you remove the clip and run the bolt down and back to eject the case. If it's a Lee you back off the collet and drive the case out. Others are not so easy so I don't use them.

January 28, 2010, 11:01 AM
most of us belong to . you only try to sqeeze out one more case on your lube
once its called a learning curve

January 28, 2010, 11:55 AM
You really need to buy or make a stuck case remover kit.

Murphy's Law says:
"If you are prepared for something to happen, it won't happen."

I made up a stuck case remover kit about 1970 after I had a stuck case.
I haven't had to use it again since I made it.

Murphy is always right!


January 28, 2010, 03:29 PM
Got it out!

I pulled the pin out the top the the die and oiled it up. Then put a punch in there and hit it with a hammer a few times.

Thanks for all the help. I will use more lube down the road.

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