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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 09-19-2018, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
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stuck case

while reloading some 06's over the weekend i ended up with a stuck case in the resizing die. while trying to pull the case out of the die, the case pulled off the shell holder. ordered a stuck case puller from Midway USA and it should be here by Friday. hope it comes out. what i cant figure out is why it stuck in the first place. i used this die before last winter and had no problem. the case was lubed both outside and i sprayed the inside of the neck also. first time this has happened to me in 30 years of loading.

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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 09-19-2018, 11:59 AM
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I stuck a .300 WM case shortly after I started reloading, I scrounged around the garage and managed to find a tap, screw to fit it, some washers and a socket. Basically the same thing as a stuck case remover but with makeshift components.

The process is straight forward, drill out the primer pocket then tap it, put the cup(in my case the socket) over the die and thread the screw through the washer and cup into the case. Then it is as simple as tightening the screw until the case pops free. The case is obviously ruined but the die will be perfectly fine.

Just remember to back the decapper out of the way so that the drill or screw doesn’t hit it and break the tip off.
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ive had this happen badly once where the primer pocket got destroyed and i couldnt get it out. Sent it to Hornady with 5 bucks they sent it back removed and cleaned. other makers may do the same thing

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My gunsmith has help me out a couple of times FOC. Well he did, unfortunately he is gone now. Most smiths will do it while you wait for a nominal fee. If you're a steady customer, maybe free. Only takes them a couple of minutes.

Boy I sure do miss my gunsmith. Hard to find a good one these days!
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Sometimes an overnight in the freezer and then trying to remove again will free up a stuck case. If you've pulled off the head of the case, that is another story.
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Screw in a tap and pull it out, comes out easy.
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post #8 of 20 (permalink) Old 09-22-2018, 07:57 AM
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I you reload enough it will most likely happen. I did it twice and had a buddy help me. Then I bought a stuck case removal tool from rcbs or redding forget now. Never had to use it and hope I don't but will be ready just in case.
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I inspect my fired casings with a magnifying glass for cracks before i roll the casings on the lube pad. Use to be able to see the hair line cracks with my eagle eyes, but not any more. I take every precaution to avoid a stuck casing in a reloading die or in the rifle chamber. I remember Dad had that happen to him & the %$#@&*&^ came with it LOL.
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got my stuck case remover yesterday in the mail. will be working on that die later today.
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