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.357 case 'straightening'?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Claybuster6000, May 22, 2013.

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  1. Claybuster6000

    Claybuster6000 Member

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    Hello:
    I want to reload some .357 cases, but somehow the case mouths got flared to such a point that they won't even fit in the bullet seating die of my Hornady LnL press. I hate to just throw them away, since its so hard to find replacements.
    Does anyone have any ideas on how I can bring these cases back to a normal condition, bearing in mind that they won't currently fit in the reloading press? Thanks much.
     
  2. Comrade Mike

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    They won't even fit in your resizing die?
     
  3. savanahsdad

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    if they came out of your gun they should fit in your resize die , got a pic. ?
     
  4. splattergun

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    So let me get this straight...

    you sized, primed and flared them, now find that they are flared too much to fit into your seating die... Is that right? Well, obviously you need to check the flare setting on your die, but I presume you figured that.

    If there are only a few, just resize, reprime and recharge. If a boatload, you can take the decapping pin out of your sizing die and resize them all without popping out the primers. Then proceed as normal (after verifying your flare setting).
     
  5. Cosmoline

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    From time to time I'll have one flared a bit too much. It will work in the Lee seater, just scrapes a bit going in. Doesn't effect performance.
     
  6. Salmoneye

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    If the cases are flared 'too much' to fit in the seating die, simply run them into the resizing die a tad to remove some of the flare...

    Remove the decapping pin so you do not accidentally hit the anvil of a live primer, and have at it...
     
  7. rcmodel

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    If it won't fit in the seating die, it won't fit in the sizing die for sure.

    Your best bet would be a larger tapered rifle caliber sizing die just big enough to get the flair started in.

    Maybe a 30-30 Win die?

    rc
     
  8. Walkalong

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    See if a fourty die will push them in a little, or some other die as rcmodel suggested.
     
  9. JRH6856

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    And if all else fails, just trim them down and load them as .38Specials. ;)
     
  10. Salmoneye

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    Hmm...

    I swear I made the same mistake 25+ years ago while loading some .44 mag, and used my suggested remedy with my RCBS dies...

    Could be CRS...
     
  11. GP100man

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    You need a 222 rem die , it`s big enuff to accept the over flared case .

    Just to move the mouths a little ya may not even have to remove the deprimer/flareing rod.
     
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    If it's too big to fit in the seating die, use a needle nosed pliers & close it up just a bit at a time.
    Keep working all the way around.
     
  13. joneb

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    Sounds like the 357 cases were flared in a 38spl die :eek:
     
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    ^^ I do that all the time.:) You just adjust the die so it does not go down as far and all will be OK. ;) Most dies will say 38SPL/357 on them.
     
  15. 918v

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    Roll them between two steel plates.
     
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    Do you have a chamfering/deburring tool? If you chamfer the outside of the case a little it may feed into the resizing die. You may need to help feed the cases by hand to make sure they enter the die centered.
     
  17. mdi

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    918v beat me to it! Lay a steel plate (or piece of scrap metal that's flat) and use another piece of metal to roll the cases between them, which will iron the flare out. Brass cases are so soft you could prolly use some hardwood, it don't take much...
     
  18. Dframe

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    OK admit it guys. WHO hasn't accidentally pushed a 357 case into a die set to flare a 38 specials?!?!
    The fastest easiest way to take out excessive flare is a 357 SIG sizing die. Give you excessively flared case mouths just a touch of lube, screw in your 357 sig die and go for it.
     
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    :eek: Yep, I sometimes forget the spacer washer with with the flaring die.
     
  20. GLOOB

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    Sure. But when we do it, we end up with only one overflared case. :rolleyes:
     
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    I use the lee dies and it'll look like an accordion brass or split the neck. I would pick up on that the first brass also.:scrutiny:
     
  22. Walkalong

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    Not me, it was .45 ACP and .45 Colt. :eek:
     
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    "He who has never sinned shall cast the first stone". I guess I"ll put down my rock now.
     
  24. mdi

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    Well, maybe being a life long machinist/mechanic I can feel when sum ding wong. If I were flaring a case and felt too much resistance, I'd stop and find out why...
     
  25. Walkalong

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    I felt it, and said to myself, dang that's not right! And it wasn't. :D
     
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