What did I do wrong? (Dented case while resizing)
Ok, so I've finally got everything set up on my bench and I got my powder dispenser set to throw consistent charges just a hair less than 49 grs (so I can trickle in the rest).
Last night I had a few minutes so I thought I'd go ahead and re-size and de-primer the box of brass I have laying around. I'd already adjusted the die (or so I thought) so I took a case, used some of the spray lubricant I had and coated it and then ran it through the press. It seemed like it went ok but I also had a case lube pad and some lubricant for it that I wanted to try so I applied some lube to the pad, rolled the case in it and ran it through the press. This one went fairly easily as well. I grabbed a 3rd case, used the lube pad and when I ran it through the press it nearly got stuck! In fact, when I was trying to lower the case it ripped the depriming pin loose from the locking "bolt" that holds it in place! Apparently I didn't have that locked down tight enough.
I thought I'd ruined the pin but after disassembling the die, I think it will be ok. I re-assembled the die (the depriming pin and re-sizing part of it were still stuck in the case), and cranked down the locking bolt that holds the pin in place and was able to remove it from the case.
After removing the case I looked at it and there was a pair of dents in the shoulder of the case. Upon looking at the other 2 cases I ran through, there were small dents in both of them as well. I'm pretty sure these 3 pieces of brass are junk now. Correct?
I was frustrated at this point so I gave up for the night and figured I'd get on here to see what I did wrong. Obviously I need to re-configure the die per the instructions, especially since I ripped it apart and just threw it back together enough to pull the case off the de-priming pin.
I did a little reading and it sounds like I had too much lubricant on the case? Does that sound right? Do I need to clean the inside of the die now before trying again? Should I clean it with something like rubbing alcohol or brake cleaner now?
Anything else? I'm completely new to this so I'm not sure what's causing the dents.
Thanks for the help guys!
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