Originally Posted by teampete
Questions I have are
1. When running a case through FL size die is it ready for a bullet. Basically will that case now fit into any gun in 300 win mag (using 300 win mag die)? Also whats FL sizing as I have heard others talk about different sizing dies and pros and cons.
2. I have the RCBS hand priming tool. How do I know if the primer is seated perfectly and correctly?
3. MY steps are to size the brass in the die, trim to length, clean primer pocket, seat primer, load powder, and then seat the bullet. Are these steps correct or am I missing anything? Please give me any hints or tips to help.
Generally, the case will fit any SAAMI spec chamber once it's been FL sized. Especially if you followed the instructions on setting up the die. The preferred method IMO is to set up the die for your particular rifle, thereby only sizing down just enough to easily chamber in your
gun. In my experience, that's often alot shallower than the instructions say. Example, instructions may say "turn die down till it touches the shellholder at full extension, then turn it down another revolution and tighten lock ring". Most rifles I've owned didn't need the extra revolution for easy chambering. Idea is to size down the case just enough, not too much. Unless
, you want to shoot the same loads in more than one rifle. I prefer to use a separate die set for each rifle, and set/label that die set accordingly.
The idea with hand priming tools is to go by feel, you want to feel the primer bottom in the pocket and go just a tad more. Some pockets are deeper than others, some webs are tighter than others, so unless you've uniformed the pockets in all the cases; going by feel can sometimes be kinda tough with certain brass. Main thing is that they are all seated below flush with the case head.
Ultimately, you want them all consistantly at the same depth below the head and the same pressure applied to each primer. Set them firm, but don't crush the anvil. You can use the tail end of your dial calipers to give you an approximate depth. I usually look for at least .003" below the case head. Most will end up being more like .005".
Trimming doesn't necessarily need to be done every time. But if you do trim, add chamfer and debur to the process. Also, remove any lube from the cases before seating primers and charging with powder.
Good luck, hope this helped.