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resized and not de-primed?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by willymc, Jan 23, 2010.

  1. willymc

    willymc Well-Known Member

    Please bare with me. I’ve never reloaded bottle neck cases. I was going through some reloading stuff that I was given. I found a green ammo box with 92 30-06 cases in it. I was thinking of putting it up for trade here. I noticed some marks on the side of the cases. They look like resizing marks. I checked the mouth and it looks like it’s been resized also. I can easily slip a .308dia. bullet in. I thought to myself, cool these have been resized. The only thing is the used primer is still in the case. Does anyone resize bottleneck cases without de-priming?
  2. JimKirk

    JimKirk Well-Known Member

    If you can easily slide a .308 bullet in it by hand, they have not been resized!

    They may have been sized before and thus the marks.

    It would be possible to resize a case with depriming it, but I don't know why.

    Jimmy K
  3. 243winxb

    243winxb Well-Known Member

    They have NOT been resized.
  4. willymc

    willymc Well-Known Member

    Thanks! From the above replies, I can assume that they have been reloaded and fired again. Right?
  5. 243winxb

    243winxb Well-Known Member

    The dented primer shows that they have been fired, scratches may or may not come from reloading. I dont really see any scratches. The marking in the middle could be from storage.
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2010
  6. Floppy_D

    Floppy_D Member In Memoriam

    Good picture. It appears to be a piece of brass, previously reloaded, not tumbled after loading (why the die marks are still there) and fired. As long as no case-head separation or splitting as occurred, I'd continue to reload them. Do the headstamps match?
  7. willymc

    willymc Well-Known Member

    Of the 92 in the MTM 100 round flip top box, 83 are R-P and 9 are FC. I haven't gotten into bottle neck cartridge reloading. Not sure that I will. My .380 auto, 9mm, .38, and
    .357 keep me busy.
  8. gearheadpyro

    gearheadpyro Well-Known Member

    Another possibility is the body was resized using a Redding Body Die. That will not resize the neck or punch out the primer, but it will leave marks on the body like it has been resized.

    If I loaded those cases I'd probably run them through a sizing die just to be sure of it though.

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