die trouble

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by zkovach, Dec 20, 2009.

  1. zkovach

    zkovach Well-Known Member

    Oct 7, 2009
    Well i got my lee reloading kit in and installed it on my bench. I tumbled my brass and started to de-prime and resize them. I really was scared to put to much lube on the bullet as the manual said however it was really tough to resize. I started to use more lube and it worked a lot smoother. Then complete failure I went to resize another bullet and the primer pin broke and a bullet jammed in the die. What was it that i did wrong. dies were rcbs in .308 full length.
  2. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
    Your terminology is confusing.

    You went to resize another CASE, and the DECAPPING PIN broke, and a CASE is jammed in the die?

    I don't know what you might have done to stick a case (although, usually is is lack of lube) but if you did, the only way to remove it is a stuck case puller. Costs about 15 bucks. If you're like me, after the first time, you'll never need it again. :D


  3. 312shooter

    312shooter Well-Known Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    Las Vegas NV
    Sounds like you may be getting a little overzealous here. You are resizing a cartrige or brass. A bullet is a projectile which is seated at the end of the reloading process. Help us out by describing how you apply your lubricant. Several things may have happend to break your decapping pin, and the stuck case is positively a sign of under-lubricating your brass. You may find a stuck case removing tool very helpful if you are reloading bottle neck cartriges.
  4. Freebore

    Freebore Member

    Apr 18, 2009
    Land of the Free
    Sounds like the case was not fully seated correctly in the shell holder causing the case to bind in the die thus sticking and breaking the decapping pin. Remove the decapping threaded adjustment screw and try tapping out the case with a small rod.
  5. scrat

    scrat New Member

    Nov 21, 2009
  6. Doug B.

    Doug B. Member

  7. zkovach

    zkovach Well-Known Member

    Oct 7, 2009
    will do thanks guys!
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