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    Posted: March 29 2007 at 12:58pm
Ok for us Old Hands Reloading comes Natural ,but what about New guys ? Yes we tell em to buy a Manual ect ,but I thought ,what about a basic step by step for the complete Novice ?


     STEP 1 OK  we,ve  got our Powder ,primers ,projectiles ,cases! The press is all set up with our dies ! We've set up our decapping neck sizing/full length resizing die to the makers specs !

     STEP 2  Now we take the case ,If only Neck sizing it is not necessary to lube the case ! now this is a contradiction of terms !!!! due to the fact you are going to expand the inside of the neck to accept a bullet,there is a expander plug just above the decapping pin ! this is forced into the case & if the inside of the neck is not lubed it will drag on the way in & then out again ! There's a lot of friction here ! Now I recommend just dipping the case into powdered Graphite ,down to the shoulder of the case in a bottle neck & about 6mm (1/4 inch ) on a straight walled case (357 ,45-70 ect) then just tap the case facing down to remove the excess graphite ! Not only does this allow the expander plug to enter the case with undue friction ,it also helps the outside of the case going into the neck sizing die! It increases the life of the Die & case !
            Now in the case of FLR (full length resizing ) the body of the case has to be given a light coating of lube to stop it from becoming stuck in the die .......Do Not get any of this lube on the neck or shoulder of the case as it will collapse the shoulder !!!! but use the Graphite as described above as this once again eases the friction inside & outside  the neck! on straight walled cases it's ok to lube the whole of the out side of the case!

     STEP 3 Now take the time to inspect your case ! If it's a brand new unprimed case take your Chamfering tool & debur the inside of the case  mouth  as this leaves a light funnel  shaped effect  on the inside of the case mouth so when you seat the bullet it doesnt snag the edge of the case  !  Check the length of the case & if need be trim to Length (most manuals /links have what is called Trim to length  measurements (chamfer the mouth after trimming )  Check the primer pocket (if the brass is used ) & give it a clean out ! Once this is done ,Prime the case ! Make sure the primer is flush with the base of the case & not sticking up !

     STEP 4  Now you charge the case with the powder ,Load & seat the bullet of your choice

       STEP 5 Take  The fruits of your labour & boa
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t to your mates ,that you roll your own !

          
This is a very basic rundown of reloading a manual shows the how tos etc !

              Dave

      
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he!!o, I'm having a little trouble reloading .303 Enfield Rounds. I have .311 bullets, 150gr SP, have performed a full resize of the she!!s I purchased. While seating the bullets, the first 3 caused the shoulder to collapse. Any ideas?
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By the sound of it, you might have the seating die stem set too high, such that when you raise the case into the die, it is giving a crimping action and collapsing the shoulder of the case. 

Suggest winding the seating stem down at bit, so that you don't have to run the case so far up into the die. 
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Did you chamfer the mouth of the brass?
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If your seating die has a built in crimper, back the die out of the press so that the case mouth is not crimped at all when the ram is raised to the top of the stroke. Check this with an empty case, you should not feel any resistance as the ram is raised all the way to the top. Even with the bullet seating stem backed way out, it should not collapse the case shoulder when seating a bullet.

Have you checked the case length after sizing? 2.222 in maximum.

Are you chamfering the inside of the case mouth? If you are loading flat based bullets, this step is important. You should be able to place the bullet on the case mouth and have it sit in the chamfer without falling over.

No reason to crimp .303. If you are using the correct size expander, there should be plenty of neck tension. Measure the OD of the neck sizing die expander and the neck ID of a sized case, it should be approx .308 - .309.   A .308 bullet will just slip into the neck with slight friction in my sized .303 cases.

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Cases might be too long & need trimming.
Seating/crimping die screwed in too far.
Case mouths may not be chamfered.



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Yup. Shamu said it in a lot less words!

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Thanks for input gentlemen. I have chamfer on order.
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