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Unread 07-09-2011, 09:24 PM
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Case Length

I reload .30-06 cartridges and the manuals all say the case trimmed length should be 2.484". I started with virgin brass and have fire formed the cases 3x. I have found a few cases that are SHORTER than the minimum length; one of them measures 2.470"! What gives? Do I destroy the extra short ones and cut my losses or do I continue using them? I don't know if it's safe to use them. I need some guidance here.
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    Re: Case Length

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    I reload .30-06 cartridges and the manuals all say the case trimmed length should be 2.484". I started with virgin brass and have fire formed the cases 3x. I have found a few cases that are SHORTER than the minimum length; one of them measures 2.470"! What gives? Do I destroy the extra short ones and cut my losses or do I continue using them? I don't know if it's safe to use them. I need some guidance here.


    They are supposed to be shorter than the SAMMI spec. in order to fit all chambers without
    hitting the end of the neck chamber(A common cause of excessive pressure)

    The trim length is the absolute Max length and most people trim around .020 thousandths
    shorter.

    So I would measure the shortest piece of brass and trim all the rest to that length unless it
    is .050 or .060thousandths short.

    Your brass is fine.

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    Re: Case Length

    Saami shows case length of 2.474" - 2.494".
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    Unread 07-09-2011, 10:53 PM
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    J E Custom:
    As mine are at least .014" shorter than book minimum does that mean my brass is still ok to use?
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    Edd:
    You said SAMMI specs call for case length to be---2.474" to 2.494". My shortest case is still shorter than specs (2.470"). I wonder if the brass will stretch with more firings???
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    Re: Case Length

    It most likely will, and in my OP you dont have anything to worry about.
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    Re: Case Length

    J E Custom, Edd, sp6x6, and the rest of the folks here at LRH have been very helpful. Thanks to all.
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