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Old 07-03-2013, 07:27 PM   #31
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Can you put it into a freezer then pop it out? I'm thinking the Coefficient of Linear Expansion may have enough difference to make it easier to remove. Just a thought...
That is the process I have been working on next. A few days ago I put it in the freezer, and then forgot about it!

Lately I have been in another thread and learning to refinish a rifle stock, so the die slipped my mind. Thanks to your post I have a new project on the list tonight
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Has any one tried compressed air on one say like 120lbs

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I can't see how this would work. Maybe if the case was intact and had a seated primer in it, but then she wouldn't be in the pickle she found herself in.
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I'm new to reloading so I've never had this happen but how does the entire bottom of the case come off? Is it from stress of reloading the case to much, forget to lube it or just something that happens with no real explanation?

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I'm new to reloading so I've never had this happen but how does the entire bottom of the case come off? Is it from stress of reloading the case to much, forget to lube it or just something that happens with no real explanation?
In my experience () it is a combination of a worn case that has been thinned around the rim due to having been fired lots of times and a lack of of improper case lubing. In other words, operator error. But we learn from our mistakes hopefully and do not get injured by them.
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I can't see how this would work. Maybe if the case was intact and had a seated primer in it, but then she wouldn't be in the pickle she found herself in.
I'm sure she really appreciates you telling her that.
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I'm sure she really appreciates you telling her that.
I figure she is smart enough to already know it.
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It was operator error, and not lubing enough. It all started from a dumb mistake of not having the correct shell holder in the ram. (was a 44 magnum, but then quickly learned it wasn't the correct size when I went to down stroke the press, and felt a tug and then a quick release. The brass was stuck in the die, and the 44 shell holder pulled the edges off the casing.

Now here is where it gets messy

I didn't know they can get that stuck in there
and compiled with the not knowing that they make 'stuck case remover' kits, I proceeded to try and put some vice grips to the edge of the brass and twist it out. Nope. that didn't work at all. So I then began to twist, and crush the casing with the vice grips and tried my best to get it to slip out. Nope. So then I had this brilliant idea of removing the de-primer set screw, and pushing on it from above. Then using a hammer and a bolt 'made' the bottom of the case come off. but still no luck. Then I had this bright idea of using some needle nose pliers to get between the case wall and the die and tug it out, nope, that didn't work either, but i can tell you the brass is unusable now! lol

Right now I have the die and casing in the freezer to try that method. I replaced the 30-06 die with a brand new one and was hoping my dad would never know before I left Idaho. Nope, that didn't work either. As he asked me if everything was good, and I broke down and confessed.

Since it was packed away in my gear and I was in a hurry to get on the road, he left the salvage job to me.

That reminds me, any of you guys need anything fixed around the house?

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I'm new to reloading so I've never had this happen but how does the entire bottom of the case come off? Is it from stress of reloading the case to much, forget to lube it or just something that happens with no real explanation?
More like stress from having my father find out I ruined his die???
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More like stress from having my father find out I ruined his die???
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