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stuck 30-06 cases in resizing die

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by tightgroup tiger, Mar 27, 2011.

  1. tightgroup tiger

    tightgroup tiger Well-Known Member

    Does anyone know what you have to do to be able to resize 30-06 shells without getting them stuck in the re-sizing die? I have tried everything I can think of and it seems like if I load my shells shot out of my BLR they resize alot better then shells shot out of other rifles. I have cleaned my dies, tried "ONE SHOT" case lube, bought new shell holders, I am using RCBS full length dies, is that the problem? I am using a Browning BLR lever gun.
  2. cfullgraf

    cfullgraf Well-Known Member

    I do not have much success with One Shot and rifle cases. I use RCBS Case Lube or Imperial Die Sizing Wax.
  3. ReloaderFred

    ReloaderFred Well-Known Member

    Welcome to the forum.

    If using Hornady One Shot, you have to let it dry on the cases before sizing. That's the biggest mistake most people make, they spray and then immediately start sizing, which will stick a case every time. Let them set for about five minutes before sizing.

    You can always use another lube, such as Imperial Sizing Lube, from Redding. It's a wax that you apply with your fingers.

    With the proper techiques and lube you should be able to size just about any case of the proper caliber in your dies.

    Hope this helps.

  4. cfullgraf

    cfullgraf Well-Known Member

    I still don't have much luck with One Shot regardless how long I let it dry. Guess I'm too stingy with it.
  5. giggitygiggity

    giggitygiggity Well-Known Member

    I had this exact problem and was also using One Shot on .30-06. Do not use sprays for .30-06. Use One Shot on pistol brass and .223 and other short small stuff. Instead, use some kind of wax lube on the .30-06. I didn't think that this would help me when people on THR told me, but I gave it a try and the cases reloaded like butter. Reloading dies have very tight tolerances and sprays versus waxes actually make a significant difference.

    Here is the exact lube that I use. Buy a jar of it and it will last you for thousands and thousands of cases. A little goes a long way.

  6. ranger335v

    ranger335v Well-Known Member

    "I still don't have much luck with One Shot regardless how long I let it dry. Guess I'm too stingy with it."

    No matter how long it dries, it won't do much if we don't shake it up to mix the contents. That said, one can of One Shot was enough for me, I don't like the over-spray.

    Imperial. Unique. Lee. Apply them lightly, with finger tips, as you pick up each case for sizing. Heck, even toilet bowl wax sealing ring stuff will lube cases quite nicely. Honest! ;)
  7. FROGO207

    FROGO207 Well-Known Member

    Toilet bowl wax ring is made of bees wax and I also use it to flux my lead. Works well there also.
  8. jcwit

    jcwit Well-Known Member

    Unique case lube, Imperial sizing wax, or last but not least, Mink Oil, it a paste for waterproofing leather. Find it in the shoe dept.
  9. blarby

    blarby Well-Known Member

    Been around forever, and its cheap....care to try lee case lube ?

    Just roll it on !
  10. 918v

    918v Well-Known Member

    Imperial sizing wax. Git sum.
  11. gamestalker

    gamestalker member

    Your problem is just about 100% a case lube issue. Your not possibly confusing case polishing solution for case lube, are you? They are two totally different products for two completely different applications.
    I use Dillon spray on, but I've had excellent results with Lee dry case lube too. I load 30-06 and have never had a stuck case with that or any other cartridge. Make sure you use a liberal amount of lube on the inside of the neck just for insurance, fully lube the outside of the neck and entire wall. Avoid getting any on the shoulder or you'll have case dents for sure.
    Something else to consider is making sure your brass is free of any dust or grit, basically clean.
    Also make sure your die is adjusted properely. The resizing die should make noticable contact with the shell holder. With the ram fully extended, you should feel the linkage pop over a little. And the depriming rod should extend about 3/8" out of the bottom of the resizing die.
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2011
  12. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    Welcome to the forum...

    IMO there is no better lube than Imperial Sizing Wax for resizing any brass, especially larger cases like the 30-06. One Shot works well on smaller cases like the .223 but I really like Imperial Sizing Wax for the larger cases. I have never had one stick or even feel like it was about to stick with it. A 2oz. tin will last you years because a little goes a very long way. You can apply it with your finger and remove it with a paper towel instead of having to clean and tumble the cases again. Did I mention how much I like that product?? LOL
  13. USSR

    USSR Well-Known Member

    tightgroup tiger,

    Can't even begin to tell you how many threads I've seen that contain the words "stuck case" and "one shot". The only use I have found for the one can I have, is for straight-walled handgun cases with carbide dies. Buy yourself some Imperial Sizing Die Wax and chalk it up to experience.

  14. shaggy430

    shaggy430 Well-Known Member

    I've had the same problem with the Hornady One-Shot. It worked absolutely great until I got to near the bottom of the can. At that point I had two stuck cases.

    When it feels like you have about 20-25% left in the can, I believe that all of the "lube" is gone and what you hear sloshing around is propellant. I discard when it gets low and buy a new can. It seems to fix the issue.
  15. howlnmad

    howlnmad Well-Known Member

    Ditch the spray lubes and get a tin of Imperial, all your troubles will go away.
  16. JimKirk

    JimKirk Well-Known Member

    ++ however many... to Imperial Sizing Die Wax!!

    Never had a stuck case with it.

    There is a list of "stuff" long as your arm that will work for sizing lube!

    There is not doubt in my mind that the guy who came up with the Imperial wax got tired of taking his toilet up every time he reloaded... he probably tried hog lard too and then one day he found the stuff that is in Imperial Wax and has never looked back. He put the STP back in the car, the mink oil back on his boots, his wife's can of Pam back in the kitchen... and now when it comes time to "read a magazine"... he has not to worry whether he put the ring back or not!

    Just get some Imperial Wax ...it makes life a lot easier!!

    Jimmy K
  17. lightman

    lightman Well-Known Member

    Everyone has their favorites,but I agree that your problem is your lube.Try something else and sizing cases will be less problem. Lightman
  18. matworz

    matworz Well-Known Member

    Imperial. Without a doubt. Didn't believe it until I tried it. Will now use nothing else. A $7 tin will last seemingly forever.
  19. P-32

    P-32 Well-Known Member

    I use a lube pad and RCBS case lube II. This lube will wipe off with a damp rag, unlike many of the others.
  20. amlevin

    amlevin Well-Known Member

    I have become a fan of Unique. A small tub will probably last the next 10 years or so. A little on my fingers and rub a film on the case from the head up. My 30-06 cases slide in and out of the die with ease.

    With the Unique, it seems that it only requires enough to make a slight film on the cartridge to do the job.

    The stuff isn't bad for chapped hands either :)

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