Proper neck tension on reloaded hunting ammo

Discussion in 'The Basics, Starting Out' started by tsyarnall, Jun 29, 2018.

  1. tsyarnall

    tsyarnall Member

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    Could use a little help for a newbie. I can find all kinds of information on neck tension for competition shooting reloading, but nothing on neck tension for hunting. For those that reload, what is a good neck tension to hold your bullet in place with all of the bumping, jumping and climbing while hunting. I was going to start with .002, but seems like .003 or .004 of an inch might be better. Thanks in advance for your help.
     
  2. dok7mm

    dok7mm Well-Known Member

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    I generally start with .002 and rarely go to .003". I have never had any bullet movement with .002". Actual neck tension is hard to quantify due to springback, so we are really adjusting interference fit.
     
  3. Beardeddeer91

    Beardeddeer91 Well-Known Member

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    I agree with dok7mm. I only use a bushing in a FL bushing die that sets the neck tension at .002" in nearly every case. The general range that people I shoot with use is .001-.003" of neck tension.
     
  4. Greyfox

    Greyfox Well-Known Member

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    I also would choose .002” of neck tension.
     
  5. wsq

    wsq Well-Known Member

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    Just up graded to comp. Redding dies for my 270wsm having trouble getting accurate measurement on Winchester brass I’m using to decide which bushing to use. I’m measuring bullets I loaded with the RCBS I’m replacing. The main reason I’m upgrading is to get a constant seating depth but might as well get neck pressure correct also being I now have a bushing die.
     
  6. jraulsten

    jraulsten Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    Been using .002 for years with no issues.....
     
  7. tsyarnall

    tsyarnall Member

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    Thank you all for your help. I greatly appreciate it!