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Stuck Case

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by hueyville, Jan 31, 2013.

  1. hueyville

    hueyville Well-Known Member

    So I was forming some once fired Winchester 30-06 cases down to 25-06 this evening. Somehow must not got an even coat or any spray lube on the case in question. I have been forming cases for decades and can count the number of stuck cases on one hand still. I have the obligatory RCBS stuck case remove kit and the Forrestor kit. That said I was in no hurry to get the case out and wanted to experiment.

    The case actually backed out a fair distance before the rim pulled off I unthreaded the knurreled nut off the top of the die and put a washer and an appropriate size coupling nut on hoping to back the decapping pin and expander ball out. I used a wrench on the coupling nut and got the expander ball to exit the case but it was still stuck. Got to thinking about how metals expand in heat and contract when cold. I set the die on the corner of my lead furnace for a few minutes to warm it. Then took a can of air duster, turned it upside down and used the supplied tube to spray cold freon on the base of the case. Viola, the case came right out with hand pressure just pulling with a pair of gloves on. No drilling, tapping, etc. Super fast, easy and didn't slow me down as just switched to another project as the die warmed.
  2. Steve C

    Steve C Well-Known Member

    Thanks for sharing your new way of removing a stuck case. I haven't stuck a case in a long time either but will try your method if one does get stuck. Not even sure if I can find my stuck case remover anymore.
  3. boommer

    boommer Well-Known Member

    Isn't that whaaa Lhaa I can see how that would work. I might of figure that out 2 days later and P-OHED AND A 12 PACK LATER ! But get yourself some Imperial sizing wax.
  4. 45lcshooter

    45lcshooter Well-Known Member

    Nice!!!!! Crack open a cold beverage to celebrate.

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