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.44 Rem Mag on SDB

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by BADUNAME2, Apr 10, 2013.

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  1. BADUNAME2

    BADUNAME2 Member

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    I just loaded my first .44 Rem Mag on my Square Deal B. I felt sorry for the poor little press. I've loaded lots of rounds of .38 Spl and .45 ACP, even a few .44 Spl, but this was the first time loading full magnums. It really seemed to be at the limit of what the Square Deal could accomplish, leverage wise, to size the magnum brass. Even then, it was quite a workout.

    I suspect I may be looking for a set of dies for the 550, after this. Lol

    Anyone else run out of press?
     
  2. jstein650

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    I too, have a SDB, and have noticed a good deal more force required for the larger calibers, but I think the bench/mount is the key. I've been able to secure a rather large 5/8" thick aluminum plate for a couple of presses I own. Of course, a really good, solid, secure, heavy bench top is really a must. I bolt down the big plate on 4 corners, and then the press with holes, either counter-bored from the bottom for big socket head bolts, or threaded for top down bolts, and have had few problems since.
     
  3. Bush Pilot

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    Did you try using lube? Even with a carbide sizing die it makes things much easier on you and the equipment.
     
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    True that too ^
     
  5. BADUNAME2

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    Actually, the thought did occur to me, but like lots of thoughts, I didn't act on it.

    Sent from my C771 using Tapatalk 2
     
  6. JerZsquid

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    Even on my progressive Hornady press sizing 44mag is noticeably tougher even with carbide dies.

    Sprayed some case lube on em- sizing was as easy as 45acp
     
  7. Lloyd Smale

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    ive had a number of square deal sizer dies that were on the rough side and made for a bit more efford sizing. ive done 10s of thousands of 44s and 45 colts on square deals and when you have good dies its not much differnt from doing 38s. If it truely does take so much efford you feel your on the edge of breaking something take that die out and send it to dillion and theyll send you a good one.
     
  8. dentkimterry

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    Lube, lube, lube!
     
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    I use Hornady spray but anything is better than nothing. I lay the brass flat to keep spray from getting inside. The powder will stick to inner wall and I don't like it much. Don't know if it matters, but I think it could gum things up a bit if excessive lube gets on the expander die.
     
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    Even with carbide dies, a touch of lube will make it slicker 'n snot.
     
  11. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    See above.

    I use spray lube, even when resizing handgun cases with carbide dies on a RCBS Rock-Crusher press.

    Just be VERY careful.
    It requires so little force the press handle might smack you in all the wrong places. :eek:
    :cuss:

    rc
     
  12. jolly roger

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    On about every 5th case use a very small amount of Redding Imperial sizing wax. No hassles on lube inside and merely wipe off after done. Smooths process quite well.
     
  13. BADUNAME2

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    Just got back to the loading room. Wow. Lube did the trick. Collective wisdom strikes again.
     
  14. wgaynor

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    I think we should have a thread titled "ask Rcmodel" :)

    He seems to have a plethora of knowledge.
     
  15. Magnum Shooter

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    Sounds like the voice of a painful experience to me. :eek:
     
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