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Old 08-21-2011, 08:25 PM
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First major boo boo

Today I went out to the range for some playtime and after the 3 round noticed a serious issue with my reloading, as the picture shows. I have after some use of the search function tracked the issue down to me bumping the shoulder too far. Don't know how yet but that is kind of immaterial at this point. What I was wondering is can I just pull the bullets and powder, then drop it back down to a lower charge and fire form the brass back to my proper chamber dimensions or have I just destroyed 150 bucks worth of brass? It is a 358 Norma mag, expensive to buy when I can find it so I would really prefer to salvage it if at all possible. Thanks in advance

P.S. am aware that I can use 338 win mag brass but prefer not to, my hunting partner shoots that and I want zero chance of either one of us grabbing the other guys shells by accident
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Old 08-21-2011, 08:53 PM
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Re: First major boo boo

The price of components makes it really suck to make a mistake. What's the history of your brass make, times fired, load, etc.
PS Prince George is always one of our landmarks when we head north. Great place B.C.

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Old 08-21-2011, 08:58 PM
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Re: First major boo boo

yea, pull the bullets, and reduce the load about 5%
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Old 08-21-2011, 09:04 PM
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Re: First major boo boo

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The price of components makes it really suck to make a mistake. What's the history of your brass make, times fired, load, etc.
PS Prince George is always one of our landmarks when we head north. Great place B.C.
the one on the right is one of 20 that I just got last week, never been fired till today. The others I have had about 15 years and have been through 10 to 15 times or so now. If I lose them I guess it's kind of expected after this long. Still have 36 left of my original 50. My load is as follows

225 grn sierra game king
75 grns imr 4350
mv 2850 with less than 10 fps spread in a 10 shot group
federal 215m primer
norma brass

have been using this load for over 10 years now as it has been a consistantly accurate and not very hard on brass load, untill today that is lol.
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Old 08-21-2011, 09:47 PM
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Re: First major boo boo

If it was me I'd probably just shoot the new ones, and ditch the old ones. At the very least give the old ones a critical look for a ring where those 2 separated. Magnifying glass outside, feel for the beginning of a "crack" inside with a reshaped paper clip. It would also be a good time to start keeping brass in separate batches, if you aren't. Unless you resized new brass-the shoulder on the new cases shouldn't have issues. It would be interesting to compare your fired case, to your reloads and get a better idea if you really are pushing the shoulder as far as you think, or if the brass is just getting tired.
Good Luck
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Old 08-21-2011, 10:40 PM
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If it was me I'd probably just shoot the new ones, and ditch the old ones. At the very least give the old ones a critical look for a ring where those 2 separated. Magnifying glass outside, feel for the beginning of a "crack" inside with a reshaped paper clip. It would also be a good time to start keeping brass in separate batches, if you aren't. Unless you resized new brass-the shoulder on the new cases shouldn't have issues. It would be interesting to compare your fired case, to your reloads and get a better idea if you really are pushing the shoulder as far as you think, or if the brass is just getting tired.
Good Luck
I have been keeping the brass seperated, wanted to see if there was an accuracy difference between old and new. The picture is of poor quality, was taken with my phone in low light, but even the brand new one has a crack in it in the same place as the old ones did. I stopped shooting after only 2 of the new brass as I was worried about destroying all of my brass. Unfortunately I had FL sized even the new ones at the same time as I loaded the old ones. Got in a mood to reload and did 60 at one go. I have ruled out over charging the powder as I zero my scale every time I start a batch. I also weigh every charge before dumping into the case, I am actually so anal about powder charges I use a pair of tweezers to pull individual kernels of powder out of the pan to get every one the same. May not be needed but that is just the way I have always done it. I am wondering if seating depth would have any chance of doing this as well. I f I had seated the bullets too far away from the lands would that jump cause issues? My COAL is 3.285 I honestly don't know what I originally started with as i havn't moved the locking ring on the die for about 8 years. Just found what worked and never touched it again. This gun has only about 1000 rounds through it and I honestly have never pushed it too hard so I don't think it could be a throat errosion problem yet....................could it? Once again any and all help and advice appreciated. Thank you
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Old 08-21-2011, 10:43 PM
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Re: First major boo boo

Better to be safe than sorry. Pitch the brass and be done.

Unfortunately, would rather have you pitch the brass than the alternative of having your face/eyes/hands....let alone the scope/rifle/stock take the brunt of something ugly.
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