brass sticking in die

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Buccaneerfan, Feb 4, 2013.

  1. Buccaneerfan

    Buccaneerfan Active Member

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    I know this question had to have been asked a million times but. . . . I have about every other cartridge sticking in the die and am having to drill and tap the end to get them out. Is there some secret to lube I am missing? Could I have my die set wrong? I have an rcbs single stage press and am full length sizing for my AR-15. Any thoughts? I feel stupid since I have reloaded several hundred shells for other calibers with very few problems.
     
  2. Browninglover1

    Browninglover1 Well-Known Member

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    What are you using for lube?
     

  3. Hairtrigger

    Hairtrigger Well-Known Member

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    Buy a can of imperial sizing wax. The can will last a very long time and you will never have another stuck case
     
  4. Biggs300

    Biggs300 Well-Known Member

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    I would suggest cleaning your die and make sure that the tiny vent hole toward the top of your die threads is open and not clogged.

    I periodically swab my dies using a Q-tip with a light coating of denatured alcohol. I then swab it again with a very light coat of case lube. Finally, I clean the vent hole out with a sewing needle.
     
  5. Lefty7mmstw

    Lefty7mmstw Well-Known Member

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    Don't use spray lube on little cases, especially if they are still in the tray. Use a wax or bottle lube. I haven't stuck one yet using rcbs lube and pad. I've done thousands for the ar. I'd clean your die too, as you've probably got a bunch of crap in there from yanking stuck cases.
     
  6. Buccaneerfan

    Buccaneerfan Active Member

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    Thanks! I didn't even realize there was a vent hole.
     
  7. Buccaneerfan

    Buccaneerfan Active Member

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    Thanks guys! All great suggestions. I actually have been cleaning my die every time I get one stuck. Is there a trick to setting these things that I missed? I have tried to find a how-to for setting an rcbs die but cannot find one. I always thought you just got your case holder to bottom out on the die. Is this correct?
     
  8. Reloader222

    Reloader222 Well-Known Member

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    Had used all lubes available on market. The best one of all is Redding or Imperial Die Wax. Never had a stuck case ever since and it wash off very easily with soap and warm water.
     
  9. g0rd0

    g0rd0 Well-Known Member

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    take your die apart and clean it real good then give it a soak in kerosine or diesel. Wipe out the fuel reassemble and try it agian useing the imperial wax as stated, but, clean your brass first. If you still have issues with stuck cases contact rcbs, it may just need interior polishing.
     
  10. Broz

    Broz Well-Known Member

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    Are you using "One Shot" or "One Stuck" or what ever that spray lube is called? I prefer the good old RCBS lube on a pad.

    Jeff
     
  11. nonnieselman

    nonnieselman Well-Known Member

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    Check for a bur or anything in side the die.. i had a new 300WM die that would stick a round.. polished it really good and never had a problem since.
     
  12. Nimrodmar10

    Nimrodmar10 Well-Known Member

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    Also make sure you're using the correct shell holder. If my memory serves me, it should be a #10 RCBS shell holder.
     
  13. boomtube

    boomtube Well-Known Member

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    "Is there some secret to lube I am missing?"

    All commercial case lubes work fine if used correctly, there's no secret to lubing.

    I don't know what you're missing but cases get stuck for one reason only; insufficent lube. Noobs tend to grease the upper case and neck excessively but neglect the lower, thicker part which is where they get stuck.
     
  14. Lefty7mmstw

    Lefty7mmstw Well-Known Member

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    +1

    some of my longer rounds only get lube on the BOTTOM HALF to make sure they don't lube dent. The brass is worked by the die mainly just above the web where it's thick, so that's where they will stick.