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Old 03-01-2011, 09:41 PM
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Re: Stupid reloading moments...

My brothers, father and myself all use the same reloading equipment (and have for years with no issues). The biggest fear for me is someone leaving powder in the bottom of the powder measure and nobody notices until it's too late.
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Old 03-02-2011, 10:25 AM
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Re: Stupid reloading moments...

I am new to reloading and had my first mishap. Stuck the case in the die so bad it pulled the rim off. It did not feel good on the downstroke but being new to the game I kept going instead of figuring out what was going on. The case and die were lubed, I have no clue what happened. Everything was working well until I took the die apart to clean. Put it back together and lubed it. It sized the first piece and commenced to sticking there after. Im stumped!
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Old 03-02-2011, 12:23 PM
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Re: Stupid reloading moments...

Did you clean the new die before using it? There can sometimes be polishing compound left behind.

Have you since used it successfully? Or, do they all try to get stuck?
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Old 03-02-2011, 12:27 PM
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I am new to reloading and had my first mishap. Stuck the case in the die so bad it pulled the rim off. It did not feel good on the downstroke but being new to the game I kept going instead of figuring out what was going on. The case and die were lubed, I have no clue what happened. Everything was working well until I took the die apart to clean. Put it back together and lubed it. It sized the first piece and commenced to sticking there after. Im stumped!
I had up to 5 stuck cases in one reloading session by using Lyman Spray Lube. Do not know if it was too old, but it did not work. It takes some time to remove the case from the dies with the case remover. I switched back to RCBS II Lube.
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Old 03-02-2011, 12:31 PM
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Re: Stupid reloading moments...

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Take the time to read the instructions on the can. Not being facetious here, but several types of spray lube require the cases to be left to sit a bit before resizing. They use alcohol or other solvents as carriers for the lube, and need to evaporate before the lube can do it's job. Using them too early, or without the required evaporation time causes them to behave exactly as you've described. But, as I said, read the label. Not all of them work like this, and some can be used immediately.

Hope that helps.
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Old 03-02-2011, 12:32 PM
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Did you clean the new die before using it? There can sometimes be polishing compound left behind.

Have you since used it successfully? Or, do they all try to get stuck?
I cleaned the dies for the first time after successfully sizeing my first 100 cases. The first case went through after cleaning and lube with no problem then the second case is the one that got me. I have yet to get the case out at this time. This is the perfect excuse for me to upgrade from the lee to a better die. Not sure which just yet, probably Redding.
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Old 03-02-2011, 12:51 PM
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Re: Stupid reloading moments...

I'm not sure which Lee die you are referring to. But, the Lee Collet dies are quite a bit different from all others.

When set up correctly. They are very good and actually don't require case lube. However, they can be very frustrating if not set correctly.

I had mediocre results with mine and ruined a bunch of cases before getting it right. Regardless, it would be difficult to get a case stuck in a collet die. So, perhaps you're talking about the basic ones.

Now, I actually like Lee Collet dies very much right behind my Redding Type-S Bushing dies.

Either way, you probably shouldremove the case and understand what happened before buying another set of dies and meeting with more frustration.

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