Re: so frustrated.
Keep going folks, I'm picking up things a little at a time here. I haven't tried the solvent wipe at the range, but may do that, as I do have some tough stains around the neck on some shells.
My normal routine when I come back from a range session, is to give the cases a quick inspection for obvious defects, then toss into the tumbler.
Once they are tumbled it is easier to see any distortions, like an impending split in the neck, etc. I try to catch them here, rather than spending time processing the case and finding it later. Saves a little time on an otherwise unworthy case.
I then lube the cases 6 at a time on the pad, lube the necks with the neck brush, then resize. Never had to do it a little at a time, though, just one smooth stroke through the die. Have never had one that was hard to press. Could be just my good luck.
Next, I wipe the lube off the cases and inspect again for cracks, marks of weakness in the case necks and other places.
I chuck the primer pocket brush in my cordless drill and run the brush in each case for a second or two, then it gets inspected. I also use a pipe cleaner to clean out the neck, so there isn't any lube inside there.
Finally, they are ready to reload. And each step, priming, loading the powder, and bullet seating gets another inspection.
I don't have a runout guage, just roll the finished cartridges across the countertop.
Browning A-Bolt Stalker SS in 338RUM, Rem. 700 SS in 300RUM, Rem. 700BDL in 7mmRemMag