A perplexing reloading problem

Discussion in 'Sold/Expired' started by wildcat westerner, Jul 10, 2018.

  1. wildcat westerner

    wildcat westerner Well-Known Member

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    Hello,
    I have been reloading since 1962 and neck turn, anneal case necks and measure powder charges to within .00, yet have run into a problem I cannot solve and does not seem rational to me.

    I have had a 6.5x284 for over fourteen year. Its Krieger match barrel absolutely loves: Nosler 130 gr. Accubonds, 48.5 grains of H4831 sc, and Fed LR march primers for decades. I have fed it copious amounts of this loading and the barrel has now been set back to 25 inches. I have never lost a case to a loose primer situation and neck anneal every other loading.

    Suddenly, in full length sizing I am having trouble closing the bolt, furthermore and much more vexing a fair amount of cases will not fit my shellholder for resizing. I do use a straight line seater, but cannot make any sense of resizing and case rims not fitting th shellholder in my RCBS press.

    I,d really appreciate some knowledgeable experienced help in this challenge.

    Thanks in advance,
     
  2. The Oregonian

    The Oregonian Well-Known Member

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  3. firefighter

    firefighter Active Member

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    How long has it been since the set back, have you cleaned you chamber good and have you cleaned your sizing die, how may firings on the brass
     
  4. dok7mm

    dok7mm Well-Known Member

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    Perhaps, substantial difference in set-back reamer and your original chamber & die settings.
     
  5. wildcat westerner

    wildcat westerner Well-Known Member

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  6. elf

    elf Active Member

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    How many rounds on that brass? Sounds like it is worn out - the fact that the rim will not fit shell holder is a clue. I always start a new barrel (or chamber) with new brass.

    Measure with caliper the base of a fired case and compare with a new case. Difference should not be more than .003"
     
  7. just country

    just country Well-Known Member

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    morning, measure the distance between the bottom
    of the shell thru the web to the bottom of the rim.
    do this with a new case and a problem case. elf
    my have expressed the problem. the problem could
    b caused from excessive FL Sizing. I ran into this
    problem with a 6mmAI. the case when FL Sizing,
    firing, and other stresses, has pushed the flow
    of brass toward the back of the fired cases??
    justme gbot tum
     
  8. wildcat westerner

    wildcat westerner Well-Known Member

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    Fellow shooters,
    I took out the shellholder and used it as a gauge to separate the brass. I measured the extractor groove of these cases which would not go into the shellholder. Despite my years of annealing, keeping track of oal and a load nowhere near the max, while still being warm, I found the extractor groove measured at least .001 thicker on the cases which would not fit the shellholder. Bottom line, I need some new brass, I have been shooting this for quite some time, and have already gotten 200 new cases.
    Thank you for your insight.
    Wildcat westerner