Sizing once fired .338 LM brass to 30-338 - Is it ok?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Tiff, Oct 22, 2008.

  1. Tiff

    Tiff Active Member

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    I've got a .338 lapua at the moment and the barrel is very nearly shot out...

    If I get a new barrel in 30-338 will I be able to resize the once or twice fired 338 lapua brass ok? Or does it need to be new brass only that you size down?

    The reason I ask, is that I've got 500 pieces of once fired brass from a couple of years ago and 400 twice fired. With lapua .338 brass here in the UK at $500 per 100!!!!!! I'd rather not have to buy any new brass at the cost of another barrel per 100 pieces.

    The reason I want to change, is that my local range has now banned anything over 30 cal and the next range is 6 hours drive away, which is a bit much with he price of gas here at $10 a gallon!

    All thoughts greatly appreciated.

    Tiff
     

  2. MagMan

    MagMan Well-Known Member

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    I believe you'll be fine sizing down once fired brass. If they were fired multiple times I would at least anneal them before squeezing them down.

    Don't forget to trim, more than likely they will be long.
     

  3. Tiff

    Tiff Active Member

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    Thanks for your reply. Has anyone else got experience of doing the same/any other tips to make it easier would be great. Cheers Tiff