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FC 308 Brass: Inconsistent Should Bumping

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by capreppy, Nov 10, 2012.

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  1. chrisgo

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    Do this…get rid of the Lee press and invest in something more robust.
     
  2. subman47

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    bad answer, i have the same press and i don't have a problem full length sizing 308's
     
  3. Walkalong

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    Any press should handle FL sizing .308.
     
  4. jetech

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    I just re-sized some FC brass using the X die. On the initial re-size most of the case heads protruded beyond the top of a Wilson case gauge. The protrusion was not equal across the gauge.
    When I adjusted the die for the after trim setting I ran the brass back through the die and they fell within the limit of the gauge.
    I think the problem might be a slightly distorted head and rim from being MG fired.
    I also ran some SBS with only a few cases needing re-sized a second time. The SBS brass is noticeably harder.

    Not sure if this is what is giving you problems but I just thought mention what I found.
     
  5. capreppy

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    So an update. I reran these through a Lee FL sizer using the same shellholder and Lee press. It sized the brass correctly and bumped the shoulders as expected. It seems as if the Redding Body die is a smidge on the long side and the brass I am resizing is not the hitting the top.

    Going to give Redding a call tomorrow to see what the can do. I have read on other forums (including a couple threads here) where people had similar issues with their Redding body die.

    I am considering trading up on my SS press. It has always been on my radar, but hasn't been a high priority. Priority won't change much, but I will upgrade at some point.

    For now the problem is solved and I can move on. I'll deal with Redding tomorrow, but I have a workaround till Redding can address.
     
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