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Unread 03-29-2014, 05:42 PM
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Problem with neck sizing

Hello Guys,
I'm having alittle trouble with sizing my 243. win brass necks. Hornady once fired brass. 90% of them size great but a few won't give enough of bullet grip. Do they need to be annealed or is it something with my sizer. Using a Lee collet neck sizer. Any help is appreciated!
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    Unread 03-29-2014, 06:01 PM
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    Re: Problem with neck sizing

    Whenever I have neck tension problems, I make sure the die is set properly; and if it is, I anneal.

    I also use the Lee collet neck sizer.
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    Unread 03-29-2014, 06:23 PM
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    Re: Problem with neck sizing

    If they are once fired they should not need to be annealed. It could be that they were over annealed at the factory and are too soft. Pull the bullet out of one case, expand, resize and load to see if that helps. If it does, they are too soft.
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    Unread 03-29-2014, 08:03 PM
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    Re: Problem with neck sizing

    if your die is set properly I would discard the problem brass its not worth the risk
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    Unread 03-29-2014, 10:35 PM
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    Re: Problem with neck sizing

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    but a few won't give enough of bullet grip. Do they need to be annealed or is it something with my sizer. Using a Lee collet neck sizer. Any help is appreciated!
    What is the outside neck diameter of a loaded round? Measure three or four cases and the loose ones.
    What is the outside neck diameter of a sized case? Measure three or four cases and the loose ones.
    What is the outside neck diameter of a fired case? (used to estimate how much you are working your necks when sizing and another indicator for when to anneal if needed)

    These dimensions may help with a response.
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    Unread 03-30-2014, 07:47 PM
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    Re: Problem with neck sizing

    Is this the first time trying the lee collet neck die? It takes just a bit to figure it out. It sound like it's not quite deep enough. I also watched a video on Lees website about how to properly adjust the die for correct neck tension. That helped clear up my issues.
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    Unread 03-30-2014, 08:10 PM
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    Re: Problem with neck sizing

    have you tried pushing down harder on the lever of the press? Lee says that a minimum of 25 lbs of pressure is required to properly neck size with their collet dies
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