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Sizing once fired .338 LM brass to 30-338 - Is it ok?

 
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Old 10-22-2008, 06:45 AM
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Sizing once fired .338 LM brass to 30-338 - Is it ok?

I've got a .338 lapua at the moment and the barrel is very nearly shot out...

If I get a new barrel in 30-338 will I be able to resize the once or twice fired 338 lapua brass ok? Or does it need to be new brass only that you size down?

The reason I ask, is that I've got 500 pieces of once fired brass from a couple of years ago and 400 twice fired. With lapua .338 brass here in the UK at $500 per 100!!!!!! I'd rather not have to buy any new brass at the cost of another barrel per 100 pieces.

The reason I want to change, is that my local range has now banned anything over 30 cal and the next range is 6 hours drive away, which is a bit much with he price of gas here at $10 a gallon!

All thoughts greatly appreciated.

Tiff
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Old 10-22-2008, 07:20 AM
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Re: Sizing once fired .338 LM brass to 30-338 - Is it ok?

I believe you'll be fine sizing down once fired brass. If they were fired multiple times I would at least anneal them before squeezing them down.

Don't forget to trim, more than likely they will be long.
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Old 10-25-2008, 02:50 PM
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Re: Sizing once fired .338 LM brass to 30-338 - Is it ok?

Thanks for your reply. Has anyone else got experience of doing the same/any other tips to make it easier would be great. Cheers Tiff
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