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resizing 380 cal. brass

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by lonewolf5347, May 13, 2013.

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  1. lonewolf5347

    lonewolf5347 Member

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    Well I like to ask a question seem my brass re-sized with the RCBS dies come up a little short from the belt is it normal I have the die set up with the ram at top stroke and the resizing die screw in until it will touch the shell holder.I then add a 1/4 more of a turn and lock the ring
     
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    Don't do that with carbide pistol dies.

    Screw it down to very lightly touch the shell holder and no more.

    Too much pressure can crack the carbide insert out of the die.

    The extra 1/4 turn is used with steel bottleneck rifle dies, not carbide pistol dies.

    Your resized brass looks fine to me, but back the die off as directed.

    rc
     
  3. ngnrd

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    380 brass does not have a belt. So... I don't understand the question.
     
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    Do you have a set of calipers? It looks normal. Your image hosting site.. nevermind
     
  5. NormB

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    This.

    Your sizing die should bring the case back within SAAMI specs. A good reloading manual like Lee Precisions modern reloading (2d ed now?) gives those dimensions. Or compare your result to a newly manufactured .380 acp round. Alternatively, you can buy a case gauge and drop the resized case/finished cartridge into it.
     
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    if it fits in the chamber, don't worry about it.

    murf
     
  7. lonewolf5347

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    It fits the chamber
     
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    "380 brass does not have a belt. So..."

    I believe he may have meant the web area of the brass
     
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    I'm not trying to offend you, but you really need to do some studying in your reloading books, it will help you learn proper terminology and procedures for the various aspects of reloading, and components.

    GS
     
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    Maybe a book on punctuation
     
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    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    Now that's harsh and some folks may be posting on a smart phone that makes proper punctuation difficult if not imposing on asking too much of them.

    But it would be nice!

    rc

    Posted on my Dell desk-top off the top of my head.
     
  12. Muddydogs

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    Yes its normal, you will find with most pistol rounds that the bottom of the case just above the rim will not get sized. If you look at your dies you will see that the carbide ring is beveled a little so no matter how far you crank the die down you will never get the web area sized. If they chamber all is well.

    Don't worry about the politically correct term crowd, they probably have a stroke anytime some old timer or new shooter calls a mag a clip. Guys like this just try and show how smart they are by showing that they know all the current cool terms. I know a lot of old reloaders that these cool guys only wish they knew half of what these old timers know and if one tried to correct the old timer when they called a mag a clip they would be walking off with a broken nose. It just goes to show you that they don't know a lot if they can't figure out what you are talking about by your description. And ya the typical response from these guys is "you need to get a book"
     
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    Well, one point in having reloading manuals is that they usually have the case dimensions for each caliber. They also have proper instructions to set up each type of die. It doesn't hurt to read a little bit before posting a question on the forum which can be found in a manual.

    Not picking on the OP, but it does seem like a lot of people are really into the instant gratification of the internet. When I started reloading and Guttenberg had printed the first manual :neener: we had to read to find out answers. Yeah, it took time, but we learned the whys and wherefores of reloading and by golly the information stayed in the old cranium.
     
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    OMG!
    I think I just had a mini-stroke!

    Somebody called a mag a clip again!!

    Now one side of my brain hurts from where the GI Drill Instructor hit me up side the head with an M1 Garand en-block clip.
    Or was it an M-14 20 round magazine?
    Or a 10 round M-16 Stripper Clip for a 30 round magazine?

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!! :what:

    rc
     
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    Jeeze rc, that made MY head hurt.. and laugh...
     
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    You're right, Muddydogs. It's not important to use the right terminology when asking for advice about a dangerous activity like reloading.

    That is, unless you mind loosing an eye or a digit. But, I guess that's why God gave us spares, right?
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    My response had nothing to do with being "politically correct". It was about being accurate. Handloading isn't hard, but it is technical. And, in spite of what some may think, using the correct terminology is important.

    Lonewolf: Please understand that we mean well. But, you really need to learn the correct terms. Otherwise, you may get bad information. And, in the case of reloading, bad info can be very dangerous.
     
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    Lonewolf: I shouldn't post being silly. No offense intended if it sounded that way, Really. I get caught up sometimes, though.
     
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