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30-06 problems

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by bomb dropper, Nov 29, 2010.

  1. bomb dropper

    bomb dropper Well-Known Member

    So I'm doing a work up for a garand, I'm using mostly rp brass with a few fc and Winchester mixed in. Cci lr primers, imr 4895 and a hornady 150gr soft point. I hope to make this my standard plinking load but....

    I'm trimming to 2.448 after being resized in a rcbs FL sizing die. When I go to seat my bullet I can't get the case mouth to crimp in the cantulare. I've trimmed one to 2.455 and it had a light crimp. I've fiddled with my die (rcbs) and have it bottomed out and I just can't get it to crimp

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    30-06 "Trim Too" length is 2.484", not 2.448", or 2.455".
    MAX OAL is 2.494".

    That right there might be your problem!!

  3. bomb dropper

    bomb dropper Well-Known Member

    No sooner did you post that. You would think after 4 years in a machine shop I would know how to read a dial caliber. Good thing it was only 5 peices.

  4. cheygriz

    cheygriz Well-Known Member

    Just for FYI, I've had my best luck with both of my Garands, a "rack" grade and a National Match grade with IMR4895 and Remington 9 1/2 primers.

    I also use a good tight neck, and almost no crimp.
  5. cfullgraf

    cfullgraf Well-Known Member

    A crimp is not necessary with the Garand as long as you have good neck tension. It is rare with regular FL dies that you would not have good neck tension.
  6. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    I use a light crimp for my Garand ammo using a Lee Factory Crimp Die. Trim length doesn't matter with a Lee FCD.
  7. kaferhaus

    kaferhaus Well-Known Member

    Don't need to crimp them anyway.... I'd skip it.

    Long ago I shot a garand in high power matches. never crimped a bullet in 20yrs of shooting that garand.

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