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Base came off during sizing

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Sky King, Apr 27, 2012.

  1. Sky King

    Sky King Well-Known Member

    While reloading 9mm's with a Lee carbide 9mm sizing die last night as I brought the case down the base came off the case which is now stuck in the sizing die. Tried putting the die in the freezer and sticking a wood dowel rod from the top and pushing it out, no luck, putting penerating oil in the die and dowel rod again, no.
    Any other suggestions.
    Not cost effective to send back to Lee.
    Considering buy a new die.
  2. cberge8

    cberge8 Well-Known Member

    For the cost of the die set, buying another one may be the most cost effective option.
  3. James2

    James2 Well-Known Member

    Hmmm, I wonder if you sized another if the second casing would push the first out?
  4. AK47TIM

    AK47TIM Well-Known Member

    Can you take a small needle file and file through the case wall? This should relieve the tension so it will come out easier.

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  5. mjsdwash

    mjsdwash Well-Known Member

    Force thread a screw in and pry it out. Thats not a normal issue, was it the first round on the die? maybe the wrong baseplate. But the screw should work.
  6. Sky King

    Sky King Well-Known Member

    Press is a Dillon XL650, and loaded over 200 last night before this happened.
    Will try the screw and if that doesn't work the small file. If that doesn't work ordering a new die.
  7. Waywatcher

    Waywatcher Well-Known Member

    Good luck! :)

    Out of my curiousity, can you list some specifics about the brass? Was it new, range pick-up, wet tumbled, dry tumbled, not tumbled, etc.?
  8. JohnM

    JohnM Well-Known Member

    What kinda case lube?
  9. Waywatcher

    Waywatcher Well-Known Member

    With Carbide dies, I'd be surprised if there was any case lube involved.
  10. Steve C

    Steve C Well-Known Member

    Call Lee customer service. They'll likely remove the stuck case for you if you send it in.
  11. dprice3844444

    dprice3844444 member

    you could clean the inside of the case with wire brush,flux it,plug the inside with something non burning and pour molto lead into the case.than drive it out after it cools.next time inspect your cases more thoroughly for stretch marks
  12. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    I have never seen a 9mm case with a stretch mark in all the years I have been reloading.

    This must have been a fluke bad case of some kind, and I really doubt it could have been found by looking at it.

    I did have some once-fired 9mm brass do this the first time I loaded it though.
    I could see one pulling off in a sizing die when I resized them the frst time.


  13. ranger335v

    ranger335v Well-Known Member

    I'm not surprised that driving the case out with a wooden dowel rod didn't work but a short length of steel would; a longish 1/4" bolt should do nicely. Ideally, you would have a stuck case remover kit.

    When 'no lube' carbide dies became available no one tumbled cases and the surface smoke-bullet lube residue did all that was needed for sizing. The current fad of tumbling so the cases are squeeky cleen changes that, a little case lube is a very nice thing to apply even for carbide dies.
  14. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    I took it to mean the case head broke off and left the thin case wall stuck in the die.

    Pretty sure if the head & web was still on it, he would have been able to knock it out with about anything.

  15. Slamfire

    Slamfire Well-Known Member

    For unknown reasons pulling 9mm cases in and out of my carbide Lee die was tough. It really was like inserting and pulling corks from bottles.

    So I lubed the cases with RCBS water soluble lube. Loaded that way using my Dillion 550B. Life became so much better, no bumping powder out of the powder horn, hardly any effort sizing at all.

    Shot them that way too. Shoot fine. The pistols run smoother.
  16. blarby

    blarby Well-Known Member

    Is it stuck on/in the pin area, or just in the carbide ring ?

    If you can remove the decapping pin assembly.... putting a new case on a dowel and tacking it there through the flashhole with a brad nail would give you the perfect size tapping rod to remove a case.....just push it flush so the brass ends sit on each other, and gently tap away.
  17. popper

    popper Well-Known Member

    Use an awl between the case body and die body, bend the case in but be careful not to break the carbide ring.
  18. animator

    animator Well-Known Member

    Take a can of compressed air and hold it upside down, and shoot the liquid "air" into the case. Get it good and frosty, and let it sit a while, then try to tap it out.
  19. j. rap.

    j. rap. Well-Known Member

    i spray all my cases with hornady one shot lube. Even when using carbide dies. Its fast and easy and i dont need to lube everything very thoroughly when using carbide dies
  20. gamestalker

    gamestalker member

    Are you saying that that the case head separated from the cartridges body and now the case wall or body is stuck in the die? Or the intact case is stuck in the die?

    If your referring to the latter, you should be able to remove the decapping pin and then quite easily tap the case out of the die with just about anything that will fit through the top of the die.

    Or insert a small wad of writting paper into the top of the die, making sure it goes all the way into the case to act as a seal. Then completely fill the case and die with regular grease axle grease and use a wooden dowel that fit snuggly through the top of the die and tap with some authority. I've used this method to remove pressed in bearing and pilot bushings on fly wheels with great success. If you can find a bolt that is the same thread as your decapping pin/die threads, just thread that into the top of the die. Just be sure you have the entire case and die full of grease so as to produce maximum hydrolic pressure.

    If you can find locate a bearing puller that will fit the application, that may help remove it too?

    Are you sure you were using the correct size shell holder?

    Or just send it into Lee and let them handle this task they encounter quite often I'm sure.

    Are you sure you were using the correct shell holder?

    Good luck!

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