.308 FL sizing die question.

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  1. Snowfighter

    Snowfighter Well-Known Member

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    I need a FL sizing did for a .308 win project. I have a rcbs die currently, and it's not working out.
    I'm running Winchester brass. The problem is I turned the case necks slightly. Only enough to get about 85% to shine. Now my sizing die wont reduce the neck enough to provide tension on a seated bullet. I can push them in by hand.
    To save me from experimenting with different dies, what would be my best choice?

    Thanks.
    Joe
     

  2. MTBULLET

    MTBULLET Well-Known Member

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    lee collet neck die
     

  3. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    You Can look at the Redding Bushing dies. (You can get different bushings and size them to your needs).

    And if you change brands of brass all you have to do is change the bushing.

    I have not tried the lee collet dies, so I don't know anything about them, But they must work.

    J E CUSTON
     
  4. Reloader222

    Reloader222 Well-Known Member

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    lightbulbTake the decapping/expander ball out and size them again in the die. This will give enough grip on the bullet.

    Had similar problems with Lapua cases which I bought second hand. The neck walls were only 0.009" and when you size them with the expander ball in die die, they would not have any grip on the bullet. However, when I took the expander ball out, the had sufficient grip to hold the bullet. lightbulb
     
  5. Mabia

    Mabia Well-Known Member

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    I use bushing dies from Whidden Gunworks, best 308 dies on the market.

    Randygun)
     
  6. boomtube

    boomtube Well-Known Member

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    l'd be VERY surprized if your RCBS sizer, or any other sizer, isn't reducing the necks sufficenty due to your minor truning, It would NOT surprise me if your expander is a thou or so over size. Mic the expander ball; it should be bullet diameter or a thou less, but not a bit larger than the bullets.

    If it's too big, chuck the stem in an electric drill, spin it and use a bit of medium/fine grit (220 or 320) black carborundum paper to work it down to the right size. Don't sweat trying to make it glass slick, that really won't matter.
     
  7. Mikecr

    Mikecr Well-Known Member

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    +1 Boomtube
     
  8. Snowfighter

    Snowfighter Well-Known Member

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    Thanks much for all the input.
    I measured the expander ball. It's good. Found the problem. The center shaft is bent. Guess this is causing the expander to come through at an angle.
    I suppose this is what I deserve for loaning it out. My neighbor decided to start learning how to load. He gathered up a bunch of brass from the range. It was all berdan primed.

    Long story short. I'm gonna purchase a bushing die from redding.