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Old 11-26-2012, 06:29 PM
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338 lapua body die

Does anyone have any experience with a reading body die for 338 lapua.
Im having to bump the shoulder back so far to size the base witch is causing poor brass life. I would like to try one but it would be a $50 experiment.
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Old 11-26-2012, 08:15 PM
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Re: 338 lapua body die

what dies are you currently using? load data? what rifle? you should not have to bump the shoulder too much at all..
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Old 11-26-2012, 08:41 PM
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Re: 338 lapua body die

The rifle is a custom. The problem is if I only bump the shoulder the norm .0015 to .002 after about three firings the body dia. gets to big and gets hard to chamber.
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Old 11-26-2012, 08:46 PM
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Re: 338 lapua body die

I have run many many rounds through the 338 LM using the redding body die for sizing cases and shoulder bump. I then sized the necks with the redding comp bushing die.

What brass are you using?

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Re: 338 lapua body die

so your just neck sizing then.. not using a bushing die or anything like that.. if your just neck sizing your going to have to either full length size after every 3-4 firings.. get a bushing die set.. or get the body die.. the body die worked for my 6.5x284 norma that was having the same prob.. I use bushing dies and the redding shell holder set now.. and have no problems bumping the shoulder and chambering..
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:26 PM
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Re: 338 lapua body die

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I have run many many rounds through the 338 LM using the redding body die for sizing cases and shoulder bump. I then sized the necks with the redding comp bushing die.

What brass are you using?

Jeff

Lapua

I dont need to bump the shoulder more, just the base (1/4" above the web)

Im using Forester fl sizing die
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:29 PM
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Re: 338 lapua body die

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Lapua

I dont need to bump the shoulder more, just the base (1/4" above the web)
I strongly recommend you get a Redding body die and a set of their stepped shell holders to control the shoulder set back. Then set the die up to contact and slightly cam over on the shell holder.

Jeff

Edit: PS, I sold my 338 LM with brass and some cases had 15 firings and was still going strong. yes I anneal.
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