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25-06 case seperation problem

 
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Old 01-20-2009, 10:41 AM
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25-06 case seperation problem

I'm not good at keeping track of brass reloads. Some have been reloaded 6 times, some 2 times.
They all get thown in the same bucket. I worked up a load of 50g. IMR 4831 with 115 BT. last year. I noticed the last 25 rounds I shot 6 show the case cracked about half way around 3/8 up from the rim. The primers don't show any problems and the bolt does't lift up hard. Should I start with some new brass and see how they look or is this load to high of pressure?
Thanks for the help.
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Old 01-20-2009, 10:58 AM
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Re: 25-06 case seperation problem

Sounds to me like you may have some excess head space. I'd get new brass and double check your set back. Some cases may take 3 to 4 firings before they chamber tightly then you can set your shoulder back .002 or whatever you like.

So if you are bumping shoulders back after the first firing I'd assume this is why you have separations now.

They should last much longer than 6 firings.
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Old 01-20-2009, 01:51 PM
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Re: 25-06 case seperation problem

I have always full length sized for hunting. I was always worried about cases not chambering when I have a coyote 100 yards broadside.
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Old 01-20-2009, 02:44 PM
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Re: 25-06 case seperation problem

Sounds like sizing die is bumping the shoulder too much, causing a headspace problem. This is usually caused by the size die being set too close to the shellholder.

One method for properly adjusting the size die is:

1. Remove the striker assy. from your bolt, then reinstall the bolt body into the rifle.

2. Screw the size die into the press, leave about 3/32 inch space between the bottom of the die and the top of the shell holder.

3. Size a case, then try the case in the rifle (usually, the bolt will NOT close on this case)

4. Adjust the size die closer to the shell holder in small increments, size a case (use the same case if you want), trying the case each time in the chamber until the bolt will close on the sized case with just a little resistance.

5. Normally, this will give you the fit between case shoulder and chamber that you want. You will be headspacing on the shoulder, even if the case has a belt.

Cheers,
Jim
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Old 01-20-2009, 02:51 PM
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Re: 25-06 case seperation problem

Why remove the striker assembly from the bolt?
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Old 01-20-2009, 03:25 PM
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Re: 25-06 case seperation problem

Absence of the mainspring allows much better feel of the slight resistance when the shoulder is in the right place.

Jim
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Old 01-20-2009, 07:37 PM
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Re: 25-06 case seperation problem

Thanks for the info guys.
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