Trouble with cases


Well-Known Member
Dec 12, 2002
Do you have any experience with this problem?:

My 6,5x55 Norma cases are on their 3-4th reload, neck sizing only. Quite a few of the cases are now too "fat around the belly" (or at least seems to be) to slip smoothly into the RCBS shellholder on the press. I use the correct holder according to their table, but must now use force to get the case in.

The Lee shellholder on the Lee hand primer tool has no problems accepting the cases. The primers requires less force now than the first time, but still I must still apply "a firm handshake" to the tool. Primer pockets are cleaned between loads.

The rifle has no problem gripping and extracting the cases. No heavy bolt lift or anything like that.

The loads are well below published maximum loads, the cronographed speeds are where they should be.

The bolt face on my Rem700 has been opened up by a gunsmith due to feeding problems with the 6,5x55 case. It wouldn't grip the case, but it now works without a flaw.

Any clues to wether this is normal, due to high pressure, the opening of the bolt head allowing more expansion, or if it's simply the shellholder that's not up to scratch?


Well-Known Member
Jun 12, 2001
Palmer, Alaska
I would guess it's your shellholder and the case isn't expanding any more than it normally would, even with hot loads I don't think you'd find this problem. I'd try another shellholder.

Is it the groove that is larger than the opening in the shellholder or is the shell holder too thick in the area that slips into the groove? The later could be the problem, it is with my Dillon 550 416wby shellplate, the 338 Lapua won't slip into it because the groove isn't quite tall enough on the Lapua.

Tim Behle

Well-Known Member
Mar 16, 2002
McNeal, AZ
I had the same problem with an RCBS shell holder in .223 a few months ago. Swapped it for a Lee shell holder and the problem went away.

Trending threads

Recent Posts

Nightforce has great tracking capabilities, they are rugged, a bunch of elevation, holds zero forever, and reticles are designed for long range shooting. So if you are looking to shoot long distances constantly, then you need a scope that can take the abuse. -- gilmillan1

Culture Of Excellence At Nightforce Optics
By Len Backus

A high level of quality both in production and in service. Read More

Nightforce is such a solid combo of reticle, available elevation, glass that is good enough to shoot at the longest range you can dial. Nightforce has bullet proof construction that can handle the incidental horse rolling or some other rodeo action. -- bigngreen

Nightforce ATACR Scope Review
By Jeff Brozovich

The new NightForce ATACR is for sure a top choice for any long range shooter. Read More

The total package. Nightforce is the best I have used as far as turret feel and solid detents. I have never had one that didn't track right on and always return to zero. Nightforce NXS is the best value for everything I need. -- Broz

Nightforce Velocity 1000 Reticle Review
By Scott Shreve

I think Nightforce knocked it outta the park with this reticle! Read More