Resizing question...


April 6, 2010, 09:38 AM
Why is it so much more work to resize non-cleaned brass than cleaned brass?

Was trying to resize some 6 BR brass that was shot on Saturday.. gave up after 5 cases.

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April 6, 2010, 09:55 AM
Not enough lube?

April 6, 2010, 10:00 AM
What lube? Am neck sizing.

April 6, 2010, 10:11 AM
Clean is more slick, especially if you used one of the brass cleaners with a touch of wax in them.

April 6, 2010, 10:51 AM
I need to get a universal deprimer. So that I can deprime dirty cases, and clean ultrasonicly...

April 6, 2010, 10:53 AM
You should be using lube, even if only neck sizing.

Doing it dry is bound to result in galded brass stuck in the die & scratched cases sooner, if not later.


Steve C
April 6, 2010, 10:54 AM
Other than a collet die which squeezes the neck back to size around a mandrill, you need a little lube even when just neck sizing. You still have the sizing ball being pulled back through the neck to bring it back into proper size.

Clean cases will have some wax residue on them if you use a case cleaner or nu-finish in your media. Imperial die wax is the easiest lube to use for rifle cases that have been cleaned or not and requires very little effort.

April 6, 2010, 11:53 AM
Bushing dies- Redding tells use to use a litte lube. I take fine steel wool and remove the dirt on the neck, wipe with a clean cloth, then lube with a very tiny amount on my finger tips. No expander.

April 6, 2010, 12:38 PM
Friend of mine uses Wilson dies, reloading 5 cases of 6 br brass. Lightly cleans the neck with steel wool and neck sizes the brass no lube. Shoots 30 times a day every day, in other words this brass is reloaded 6 times a day. This has been going on for a year and to the best of my knowledge he's still using the same 5 cases. Barrel is probbly getting due for replacement, I know he has other rifles that he's shot the barrels out of. Are they really shot out? Looking at them with a bore scope and seeing the aligator hide forward of the chamber area, yup they were ready.

BTW these are not factory rifles but custom benchrest. He uses Kreiger barrels.

April 6, 2010, 12:48 PM
When Redding speaks, I listen.

On the few cases that I neck-size, I first tumble in warm water and Tide, dry, and then clean the inside of the neck with a phospher-bronze brush with 0000 steel wool wrapped around it, VERY LIGHTLY. I lube the neck with my finger dipped in Dillon case lube. I clean the lube off with a soft rag, and alcohol.

It works for me! :p

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