Long Range Hunting Online Magazine


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

Reloading Techniques For Reloading


Reply

Question on Hornady Dies...

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 02-22-2012, 07:17 PM
Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 99
Question on Hornady Dies...

Hey guys I have been slowly learning how to reload for my .243 and 300 wm over the past year and am having trouble with a new set of Hornady New Deminsion dies for my 300. I also have a set of RCBS dies that I had my first stuck case afer reloading a few hundred but i changed to One Shot spray and first stuck case. Anyways, I bought this Hornady set and when sizing i raise the press arm up and its REALLY tough to get the die to let got of the case. I am using the Lee lubricant and am not using too much or too little I believe. I think the die is just junk. Any one have any ideas? or should i just get rid of the dies and wait for the RCBS dies to come back. They were good until i used the One Shot spray.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 02-22-2012, 07:45 PM
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Mountians of SW NC, near Asheville
Posts: 1,596
Re: Question on Hornady Dies...

Cases get stuck in sizers for one reason; improper lubracation.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 02-22-2012, 08:11 PM
Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Montana
Posts: 64
Re: Question on Hornady Dies...

I stuck several pieces of brass in Redding, RCBS, and Lee dies while using One-Shot. I searched this forum and switched to Imperial Sizing and haven't stuck one since. I still use One-Shot for my Sig but quit using it for any of my rifles.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 02-22-2012, 08:13 PM
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Leominster mass, originally Salisbury Maryland
Posts: 1,324
Re: Question on Hornady Dies...

I have 3 sets of the new dimension dies. I admit that they do take a little getting used to when you first set them up, but they are NOT junk. You did not say, but I hope that you DO lube the INSIDE of the neck, as well as the body. I use IMPERIAL DIE WAX, for inside and outside lube. What I do is to take a bore mop, and saturate it with lube, and just before resizing, run it through the inside . After a few runs, it seems although the expander ball gets seasoned with the lube, and I never get stuck. Now, on the other hand, if you are dealing with multiple-fired brass, the necks may be getting work hardened. That is a whole new story and cure. ( annealing). Let's assume it is not, and the problem is lubrication. Hope this helps. AIM SMALL! MISS SMALL. 7 STW.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 02-22-2012, 08:31 PM
Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 99
Re: Question on Hornady Dies...

I do lube the inside also and it seems the expander ball gets stuck when coming up. The brass is all only like 2-3 times fired. I tried some of the brass that is only onces fired and same results. Am i not adjusting the die correctly maybe? I adjusted the die as per the instructions and seems the same.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 02-23-2012, 10:18 AM
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Mountians of SW NC, near Asheville
Posts: 1,596
Re: Question on Hornady Dies...

Sticking cases and expander drag are totally different things but lube fixes both.

A sizer die is a simple steel tube, there is no way to adjust it so cases won't stick. A stuck case is due to insufficent lube near the head where the brass is thick and hard to squeeze down.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 02-23-2012, 01:46 PM
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: #50 on the all time best States to live in! :)
Posts: 355
Re: Question on Hornady Dies...

I have several Hornady ND die sets along with other brands (Redding, RCBS and Wilson). When I get in trouble with sticking dies and/or the expander ball dragging heavily with the ND dies, the problem has been one or more of the following:

A) Not enough lube particularly around the body close to the base. I use Hornady Unique most of the time. It's similar to Imperial. If you clean your brass before sizing and prepping as I do, the method of cleaning will make a difference in the effort needed to run the case through the die. If you tumble with corn cob or walnut shell, less effort is usually required. If you use a ultrasonic or any other "wet" cleaning, more effort is usually needed to run the case through the die. The reason appears to be the wet methods remove all residual oil, grease, dust, burned powder ect. making the job of applying sizing lube that more important. The dry methods clean and shine the brass but do leave a thin film behind.

B) The Die needs to be cleaned. Take it apart and clean it with brake cleaner and 0000 steel wool. Lube the body and expander with some sizing wax before reassembling.

C) The expander is loose on the spindle. With my .223 die, the expander will loosen occasionally and once it's pressed into the case, it can be a bear to get back out with out ripping the head off the case. This usually happens when I'm in the middle of a large batch of cartridges and it works loose.

One thing I did a while back, to the expanders was polish them with some 600 and 800 wet/dry paper and then buff them briefly on a buffing wheel. Just the leading and trailing edges with the paper so as not to change the diameter. They seem to work smoother since then.

just my experience and $.02. hope it helps
__________________
“The US Constitution does not guarantee happiness; only the pursuit of it. You have to catch it yourself.” ~ Ben Franklin, attributed.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads for: Question on Hornady Dies...
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
FS: Hornady .338 LM dies milanuk Reloading Equipment and Components 1 12-09-2010 12:13 PM
Custom Hornady Dies? bowhunthard Reloading 4 12-25-2009 04:21 PM
Hornady Dies Flare Reloading 8 11-26-2009 04:38 PM
Hornady Dies sigarms226 Reloading 8 05-31-2009 12:23 PM
Hornady dies Guns For Sale 0 07-24-2003 09:18 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:47 AM.


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