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Will neck sizing die work to resize new .30-06 brass to .338-06?

 
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Old 03-23-2007, 12:17 PM
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Will neck sizing die work to resize new .30-06 brass to .338-06?

I have a .338-06 Weatherby on the way. I am not sure whether to buy new .338-06 brass (expensive, but maybe worth it) or just resize some .30-06 brass to .338-06. If I were to resize, do I really need a full length resizing die if I use new .30-06 brass? Would a neck sizing die do the trick? I was thinking about getting a set of Redding Neck Sizing dies for resizing whatever brass I end up shooting through my Weatherby. Any advice? Thanks.
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Old 03-23-2007, 01:14 PM
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Re: Will neck sizing die work to resize new .30-06 brass to .338-06?

It's best to run the brass through a FL die before you shoot it for the first time, then after the brass has been fireformed, neck sizing will work.
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Re: Will neck sizing die work to resize new .30-06 brass to .338-06?

Maybe I'm missing your question entirely. But it sounds like you want to up-size your necks to 338 from 308. If that's the case, a sizing die won't do that.
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Old 03-23-2007, 02:12 PM
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Re: Will neck sizing die work to resize new .30-06 brass to .338-06?

No, I think I'm the one missing the boat entirely. I have been reloading for 5 years now, but this will be the first time I have tried to change one case (caliber) into another. I had read that all I needed to do was run a .30-06 case through a .338 Win Mag or similar die to resize the neck opening. If that is not true, how would I go about changing the neck diameter from .308 to .338? Is there a specific resizing die? Thanks for your patience.
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Old 03-23-2007, 02:30 PM
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Re: Will neck sizing die work to resize new .30-06 brass to .338-06?

I use Sinclair expander die/mandrels.

These are for use in neck turning, but work very well for up-sizing, atleast to get you in the ballpark. Take your necks up, then if needed, a followup with neck sizing to desired.
I can't go to Sinclair's site from here(work). But if they have 325 cal turning/expander mandrels as well as 338 T/E mandrels..They would be ideal to use in getting there.
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Re: Will neck sizing die work to resize new .30-06 brass to .338-06?

Anything with a tapered expander will work. Hornady dies have them as standard equipment. You get get a tapered ball for Redding dies.
I size up 300 wby to 340 wby all the time.
Not sure what diff there is in shoulder dimensions between the '06 and the 338-06 but I'll bet it's pretty easily "do-able".
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Old 03-23-2007, 11:28 PM
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Re: Will neck sizing die work to resize new .30-06 brass to .338-06?

Ok, thanks for the help. I know the Ackley Improved version has a different shoulder angle, but the regular .338-06 is just the same case necked up - no difference in shoulder angles. So, if I buy a tapered expander for a Redding Die, can I use a .338-06 neck sizing die to expand the case mouth? I'm getting confused.
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