To neck size OR not to neck size?

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by ssmall, Feb 15, 2011.

  1. ssmall

    ssmall New Member

    Feb 15, 2011
    I have been struggling with neck sizing for factory/hybrid hunting rifles. It is my understanding that the process of neck sizing will ensure the reloader that the neck walls are CONCENTRIC. The question is: 1. Do you neck size prior to fire forming OR after? and 2. Sometimes it seems the standard caliber bushings that you buy for your neck turner fit the case mouth "sloppy" SO when this happens I can only assume the case mouth is wollering around on the bushing and therfore the neck size will be sloppy which in my mind alleviates the whole process? Any opinions?
  2. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    I necksize my rifle brass with a collet necksizer, after fireforming. I dont neck turn, none of my rifles are high end customs, I do weight sort brass and bullets and all of my rifles are capable of sub MOA with the ammo I produce for them.

  3. 312shooter

    312shooter Well-Known Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    Las Vegas NV
    I necksize after fireforming the brass. Neck turning unless its done coecentric to the case mouth would nix the value of neck turning, since you are trying to uniform the bullet pull. Firing a round bullet out of an oval case mouth certainly wouldnt help shrink your groups. I"d leave the neck turning to the guys with custom actions shooting bench rest myself, 1MOA is personally good enough for me.
  4. steve4102

    steve4102 Former Guest

    Jan 27, 2006
    No, not really depends on the brass and the Neck die. Most neck dies squeeze the neck way down then drag an expander ball back through the die just like many FL dies. There is nothing "Concentric" about this process.
    Then there are the "Bushing" dies, these dies squeeze the neck down to a desired size and do not need the expander button. This type of die can make very concentric necks, on the outside of the case-not the inside. If the brass has any imperfections in neck thickness these imperfections will show up on the inside of the neck and in "Bullet Concentricity" or better known as "Bullet Run-Out". If you use a bushing die and want concentric necks(inside) thus concentric ammo then neck turning is the next step.
    This brings us to the best Neck Die on the market today. It is of course the Lee Collet Die. This die is unique in that it squeezes the case neck around a Mandrel. Regardless of the imperfections in the case necks the inside of the neck is perfectly concentric and without any neck turning. You can most certainly have outside "neck runout" with the Collet die, but who cares, the bullet is on the inside of the neck and that's all that matters for nice straight concentric ammo. Get a Collet die and be on your way to solving your concentricity problems.
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