Case stuck in die. Help Please.

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  1. RangerBrad

    RangerBrad Well-Known Member

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    While trying to resize 1x brass in a redding bushing die I have stuck the brass. I can remove the pin.I thought of sticking a small screwdrivr don inside the brass and hammering it out. Any other ideas? This die is real hard to work with this way. I've sprayed brass with one shot and also use redding neck lube but the brass is very hard to run into the die> I also have an RCBS die and it sizes with no problem. Any ideas? Thank's, Brad
     
  2. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    Well if you don't have a stuck case extractor you can try a few things. First go put the die in the freezer to shrink the metal a bit.

    Next get out your drill and tap set. Drill out the primer pocket and tap the hole for a bolt larger than the primer you need all the bite you can get.

    At this point you have a few options, lock the die in your bench vise and try pulling the case out with some vise grips from the bolt or. If you have a grinder cut the bold head off so you just have a threaded rod. Spin a nut on with some over sized washers around the base of the case and it will pull it out.

    Then invest in a kit
     

  3. drwindmill

    drwindmill Well-Known Member

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    I just sent mine in to the die company. They sent me a extractor kit, and a bill for $30. Lesson learned was don't skimp on lube.
     
  4. Lefty7mmstw

    Lefty7mmstw Well-Known Member

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    put your die in a vise and drill out the tail end of the brass to fit a lag bolt or similar you have around. Then thread the tail end of the brass with the lag bolt's pitch-- heck use the bolt itself if it will bite. Then start stacking car washers on the tail end of the brass until the lag bolt pulls out the brass when tightened down. A socket will often help with the void you need for the brass to pull into if it's a bigger round.

    ps... one shot doesn't work unless it is well shook every time and you slather it on. I use the rcbs lube and pad.
     
  5. Broz

    Broz Well-Known Member

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    Been there. It sux. They should call it "ONE STUCK" I tossed my bottle of it long ago and went back to the good ole RCBS lube and pad.

    Jeff
     
  6. Mikiedem

    Mikiedem Well-Known Member

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    Broz that is funny!!! I have stuck so many cases using one shot, convenient to use but I stick with RCBS as well
     
  7. Lefty7mmstw

    Lefty7mmstw Well-Known Member

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    you can't say you stick with it if it won't stick for you, can you???
     
  8. 264Winmag

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    Like broz said throw the "One Stuck" away. Thats what i ended up doing. I reloaded for 15 years with RCBS lube before i ever stuck a case but had to try the one shot. now I use redding imerial sizing wax (which works really well and not sticky) with RCBS pad there just in case. There is a commerial stuck case remover out there but its the same basic thing other have descibed with threading the brass and using washer.

    as far as the RBCS die working and the redding be hard to resize, If its a bushing die, you want to check that you have the right diameter bushing. two small of a bushing would cause extra effort at the top of the stroke as well as when it passes back over the expander ball. plus your just working your brass that much more.

    Good luck with the removal
     
  9. Joe King

    Joe King Well-Known Member

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    I must be doing something horribly wrong because one shot is all I use and I've yet to stick a case, then again I'm not shy about the amount I use either:rolleyes: you have to spray all 4 sides and it doesn't hurt to spray the inside of the die either
     
  10. Broz

    Broz Well-Known Member

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    Don't worry Joe, there is still time..:D

    Just kidding

    Jeff
     
  11. geargrinder

    geargrinder Well-Known Member

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    I don't use it anymore either. I always got stuck cases.

    Imperial sizing way only for me. I can make 308 out of 30-06 with barely any pressure.

    To the OP. Go ahead and try the screw driver, use the biggest you can fit. I got a few out that way. You can also try a small pipe wrench and try to twist it out. Once it moves, it will come right out.
     
  12. Joe King

    Joe King Well-Known Member

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    thats what they say about the lottery too but I'm still at the water plant :p
     
  13. SidecarFlip

    SidecarFlip Well-Known Member

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    Alll I use as well (One Shot) and never stuck one either. The trick to one shot is shake the can until the ball rattles for a bout 30 seconds and use liberally. I put 30 cases in a large zip lock bag, fill the bag with a good shot ot One Shot, close the top and shake well, like making bread. Dump 'em out and let dry.

    Do the die bore too.

    I did stick a 308 but it was because I forgot to lube it. Pulled the expander pin and dropped a thin punch down the neck of the die and rapped the punch with a hammer. Popped the brass right out.

    Actually the best lube is extreme pressure coolant in undiluted form. Also the most messy..............:)
     
  14. ICANHITHIMMAN

    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

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    Had a few stuck cases no ones fault but mine. I have been using Dillon lube for about a year for my bulk 5.56 stuff have not had any issues and must have been threw 10k worth of brass. I just toss a hand full in a little bucket spray it down and run it up into the die for a trim.

    I forgot to mention under no circumstances try and hold the die with your hand while you drill it. It will cut the piss out of you I learned the hard way and I'm more man than you:D