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Resizing Hunting Ammo

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by PCCUSNRET, Sep 5, 2011.

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How do you resize your brass used for hunting?

Poll closed Oct 5, 2011.
  1. Full Length

    37 vote(s)
    58.7%
  2. Partial

    5 vote(s)
    7.9%
  3. Neck Only

    21 vote(s)
    33.3%
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  1. PCCUSNRET

    PCCUSNRET Member

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    Just curious how many of you Full Length, Partial or Neck Size your hunting ammo. I have heard that you should always Full Length resize your hunting ammo as you don't want any tight brass when you need a second shot. I normally hunt with a Ruger #1 so that doesn't often apply. How do you resize your brass used for hunting and why?
     
  2. helotaxi

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    IMO, any of the above are fine provided that you function check your reloads in the rifle prior to heading out into the field.
     
  3. JohnM

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    I generally neck size rifle ammo and keep it sorted because I have more than 1 rifle in some calibers.
    As mentioned above, for hunting I always do a check to make sure they all function in the rifle OK.
     
  4. T Bran

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    I voted necksize since my boltgun sees more use in the field than my 760 pump does. When I take the pumpgun all cases are full legnth sized due to the lack of leverage with a potentially dirty action.
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  5. Walkalong

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    Since my hunting guns are bolts and levers, I partial full length size hunting ammo. I knock the shoulder back .002 to .003. If any were semi autos, I would FL size for those.
     
  6. kingmt

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    Unless new to me I only NS my brass.

    The only brass I had get stuck that I have reloaded was FL. I have found that that press isn't good for FL sizing because there is no cam over & it doesn't all get sized the same.
     
  7. gamestalker

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    Prior to necking my brass I check it for shoulder resistence. If it needs the shoulder bumped back a little bit I use my FL die adjusted partially, or enough to allow for a good fit. I hunt and shoot only BA's so I don't worry to much about problems such as rounds getting stuck in the chamber, never happened. If a person is doing everything correctly, and their firearm is in spec., there won't be any problems. On the other hand, if I didn't take the time to check them for shoulder position it would be my fault for having not processed the brass correctly between cycles.
     
  8. Para Cassatt

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    For deer rifles I use 8x57's 90% of the time and use the same load in both the Remington and the Mausers. I just haven't gone beyond tinkering with neck sizing so far. The other 10% is with a lever.
     
  9. noylj

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    The only time neck-sizing if appropriate for hunting load if for long-distance varmint hunting with a bolt action rifle where there is going to be lots of shooting and you aren't going to miss your chance of a lifetime by hitting a round that won't chamber.
    IF the critter weighs more than just a few pounds, full-length size.
     
  10. gab909

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    I don't shoot my hunting guns enough to justify a neck sizer for 7mm Weatherby and the wife shoots a 30-06, and I have a ton of that brass laying around. 6 rounds a year doesn't justify the cost. Varmint guns, yes, 223 and 22-250 every round is neck sized. Have a ton of that brass, but is it one more thing that might keep it really accurate. Ok, I will do it.
     
  11. scythefwd

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    I fullsize, BUT I am reloading for a break action rifle. I only hunt with .308, my muzzle loader, or my shotgun (3 barrels for the same frame incidentally).
     
  12. BigN

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    I neck size only but have run into the situation in the field when 4 rounds in a row couldn't be chambered due to binding. So now I always test the brass by always chambering the rounds I'm going to load, making sure there'll be no problems in the field.
     
  13. howlnmad

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    I neck-size until it's time to partial size. I hunt 95% of the time with a bolt action and have never had the problem with a round that wouldn't chamber.
     
  14. PCCUSNRET

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    Looks like I'm in the minority as I currently do a partial resizing of my brass for the Ruger #1 and any other gun I use for deer hunting. After seeing the results so far of this survey I am very tempted to start neck sizing my hunting ammo and just testing the rounds for fit prior to heading into the woods. Seems like I put in a lot of effort with fire forming brass, keeping the brass separated for each gun, only to defeat this effort when it comes to ammo made for hunting. Thanks for the input.
     
  15. gamestalker

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    I don't understand why some have problems with rounds not chambering? If reloading correctly and making sure your resized brass is at spec. to that action, it will always chamber fine, necked or FL sized. I was under the impression that checking shoulder's is elemental in reloading anyway, other wise we are just simulating a factory load, one size fits all mentality is what I call it. I can absolutely be certain that my loads for my actions will not interchange with one another, or if they do it will be a very tight fit, unless it is first cycle brass.
     
  16. wishooter

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    Ditto for Neck sizing, I have not had any not chamber yet. But just in case, it would not hurt to cycle the hand full of rounds that you will be using through your gun before you go out hunting. To me the couple extra minutes checking is well spent when extending the life of some magnum brass. They don't give that stuff away anymore.
     
  17. slowr1der

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    I full length resize, but it's mostly just for piece of mind. I do it for a few reasons. One of them is that myself and a hunting buddy both hunt with rifles in the same caliber. This way if we run out of ammo we can switch with each other. Do we normally shoot each others ammo? No, but we can in we have to in a pinch. The other reason is I sometimes shoot some of it in a semi auto where I have to full length resize it, and I also know that if I ever buy another gun in the same caliber I will be able to shoot these reloads in it. It's all pretty much just piece of mind for me and I've never actually ahd anything happen where I would have had a problem had a I only neck sized.
     
  18. langenc

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    I said FL-but if in the same rifle and it usually is-only neck size. First time from range brass-FL.
     
  19. montanaoffroader

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    I went with full length as I'm loading to fit 3 different .30-06's, my own and both of my nephews' rifles. I would hate to miss a shot because a round wouldn't chamber.......
     
  20. JEB

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    FL size. i shoot a levergun
     
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