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?