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age old question....neck size or full length size?

Just wondering what everyone does for there long range rifles? are you neck sizing only or are you full length sizing?

Thanks for the input.
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Re: age old question....neck size or full length size?

As long as the casings come out of my rifle, I just neck size.

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Re: age old question....neck size or full length size?

ok. so my next question. do you have to full length size them again at any point? and if so, do you have to refire form them after you full length size them?
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Re: age old question....neck size or full length size?

and do you use neck sizer dies? ive heard you can use a FL sizer die to neck size by just turning it out a few turns?
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Re: age old question....neck size or full length size?

It's a little more complicated as far as I see it.

My Comp guns get both, that's the idea behind a bushing die, partially resize the neck to help align the case in the chamber. It also full length sizes the case to ensure that it feeds into the chamber and the bolt closes. I only bump the shoulder .001" to .0015" it's the dies job to minimal resize the rest of the case. In some instances I have custom made busing dies made specifically from the dimensions of the chamber reamer which has even closer tolerances. The last thing you want is a case that won't load into the chamber during a record string. I use my comp guns for long range hunting so it applies for both. My Varmint guns are a bit different, I neck size just like Bob the Blacksmith, when they start to close hard I bump the shoulder with a bump die. I'm not too concerned if a ground hog gets a second chance because of feeding problems, more times than not when it does happen he's far enough away I have plenty of time to grab another shell.
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Re: age old question....neck size or full length size?

I treat all my guns the same. using bushing dies and minimal shoulder bump just to make sure it feeds. If you want to shoot competitively I feel an instant indicator is an absolute must. and since that's how I load that's the same for all.

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Re: age old question....neck size or full length size?

Dragman, what's an Instant indicator, sounds like I need to open up the wallet again. Maybe I'm already doing it and just don't know.
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Re: age old question....neck size or full length size?

to measure the shoulder and how far you did or didn't move it. If your good with dial calipers you can use those with the right gauges too. I just like reddings instant indicator with dial.
funny how you can size two pieces of brass that are exactly the same and they can be 1-2 thousands different.

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Re: age old question....neck size or full length size?

OK, I do the same thing with a headspace guage and calipers
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Re: age old question....neck size or full length size?

I figured you did your results speak for themselves. check out redding and getting the die though I do think they are a little more accurate at least with me they are I don't have the best caliper hands.

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