Long Range Hunting Online Magazine


Go Back   Long Range Hunting Online Magazine > Rifles, Reloading, Optics, Equipment > Reloading

Reloading Techniques For Reloading


Reply

Does anyone here ever resize without an expanderball?

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 11-26-2008, 07:29 PM
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 322
Does anyone here ever resize without an expanderball?

I was talking to my gunsmith the other day,and we were talking about reloading.He said he never uses an expander ball when reloading,he said it has never made sense to him why anyone would ever want to drag that expander ball through the neck and screw up the concentricity of the neck.I personally have never tried this approach,but was wondering if anyone here ever uses this method?I know there are things that can be done to help neck runout when using an expander ball,like polishing it,and using dry lubes to reduce friction,but I have never heard of anyone completely taking it out.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 11-26-2008, 08:16 PM
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Michigan
Posts: 2,232
Re: Does anyone here ever resize without an expanderball?

I never use an expander ball. Eliminating that cause of runout is one of the first things that is recommended. Your gunsmith friend is correct.


AJ
__________________
If some is good and more is better, then too much is just right.


My mind is a raging torrent, flooded with rivulets of thought, cascading into a waterfall of creative alternatives
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 11-26-2008, 08:23 PM
Gold Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Posts: 541
Re: Does anyone here ever resize without an expanderball?

I have been reloading for approximately 9 years now (for .308, .284 Winchester, .260, and 7WSM - soon to add 338LM Improved tot he list) and have never used an expander ball.

JeffVN
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 11-26-2008, 08:56 PM
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Pennsyltucky
Posts: 2,623
Re: Does anyone here ever resize without an expanderball?

try it , you'll like it!
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 11-26-2008, 09:12 PM
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: buffalo, OK
Posts: 354
Re: Does anyone here ever resize without an expanderball?

I grind mine down so I can still knock out primers. Also started only resizing half the neck, no noticeable gain though.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 11-26-2008, 09:43 PM
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Mountians of SW NC, near Asheville
Posts: 1,589
Re: Does anyone here ever resize without an expanderball?

I prefer to decap in a universal decapper, FL size without an expander and expand with a Lyman "M" die to get the necks up to the proper diameter. That way my bullets don't have to do the expander's job. The "M" die expander makes much straighter necks than a conventional expander ball can.

As a point of info, Forster's BR sizers have an expander ball that can be screwed up the decapping pin. Expanding can begin immediately as the neck is withdrawn but while the upper part is still firmly held in the die. That makes for straighter necks too. The Forster BR die sets are great tools but I don't have them for all my cartridges.

When neck sizing I only use a Lee Collet Neck Sizer, it makes the best necks of all.

Last edited by boomtube; 11-26-2008 at 09:48 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 11-26-2008, 10:43 PM
Silver Member
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: California
Posts: 458
Re: Does anyone here ever resize without an expanderball?

I expand the necks with a Sinclair Mandel (same idea as Boomtube with the Lyman M die) after FL resizing in a conventional die.

Today, the best solution (for a regular 7/8" screw-in die) is the Redding "S" FL resizing die with separate neck sizing bushings.

Type S – Bushing Style Dies
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads for: Does anyone here ever resize without an expanderball?
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
should I resize me Lapua brass? bigsal5353 Reloading 8 04-19-2011 09:26 PM
FL resize case troubles **Updated** Limbic Reloading 19 12-08-2008 10:05 AM
How should I resize my Model 700 300 WSM? GlennRMK Reloading 1 08-18-2008 11:54 AM
Resize 300RUM to 7RUM Captn C Reloading 4 12-27-2007 09:57 PM
neck Resize redbone Reloading 1 05-02-2007 02:42 PM

Current Poll
Do you wear hearing protection while hunting?

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:36 PM.


Powered by vBulletin ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Management Powered by vBadvanced CMPS
All content ©2010-2014 Long Range Hunting, LLC