Neck sizing only - inconsistant neck tension

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Bbear, Aug 21, 2015.

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  1. Bbear

    Bbear Well-Known Member

    Mar 13, 2007
    Loading for my 243 using 90 gr AB's and a Lee collet neck sizing die loading on an RCBS Rockchucker press - about 1 in 10 cases I get NO neck tension. The other 9 come through just fine. Accuracy remains solid out to 500 yards.
    Question is, what am I doing wrong?
  2. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

    Oct 13, 2008
    Sounds like some of your brass has lost its elasticity. Might be time to anneal your cases, or buy some new brass.
  3. rcoody

    rcoody Well-Known Member

    Jul 1, 2015
    good thought

    are you sure you have the die set up right. you must put the same amount of force on the ram each time. The only way I have found to do it consistently is to set the die up where it cams over. then you have a consistent stopping point. I believe the directions tell you not to do that but it works for me.
  4. LoneTraveler

    LoneTraveler Well-Known Member

    Feb 7, 2014
    If your brass is a mixed lot that you have gotten from unknown source. Some of the necks may have been turned and there is just not enough brass in the neck to fill the die and pull the metal in till the bullet will fit. Mike the neck thickness will find this problem. Good Luck
  5. Mikecr

    Mikecr Well-Known Member

    Aug 10, 2003
    The only way to lose elasticity IS to anneal. Process annealing reduces elasticity, full annealing kills it.

    I wonder if the offending neck is of the same thickness.