Anyone reload for the Nagant Revolver using 32-20 brass?
I have the Midway/Lee die set to reload NEW Starline brass with a plated .312 bullet.
With NEW brass? Works great, plenty of neck tension, mild load of 3.2 gr Win 231 and an OAL of 1.5".
Once fired however the brass forms to the cylinder chamber walls, taking out the shoulder in the 32-20 brass, and becomes straight sided with a case mouth of .315 after resizing/decapping. Needless to say my .312 bullets now free fall into the case.
I get small amount of burnishing of the case mouth for about 1/4" but it is not creating a tight enough case neck.
It was suggested I try a .30 carbine sizing die, received the new die yesterday. Still no joy.
It does not resize the case mouth/neck of the fired Starline brass sufficient to even loosely hold a .312 bullet in place. I even tried completely removing the die from the press, removing the decapping rod and tapping the fired case all the way into the die...still the case neck opening is measuring about .313/.314. The 'OD' of the resized brass case neck is averaging .324
The bullets have been triple checked and they are indeed ..312 - The only variable left that could be causing the problem is perhaps the neck wall of the Starline brass is too thin? Frankly I am at a loss and welcome all suggestions. Remington sells 32-20 brass in bags of 50 but it is out of stock everywhere across the internet.
Lee Anniversary and Lee Classic 4-Hole Turret, presently reloading .380, 7.62 Nagant (32-20), 9mm and 45ACP