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Old 07-04-2013, 08:32 PM   #41
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Originally Posted by Anna_Purna View Post
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?
Hell Anna, you operate like a dude! How many of us have done near exactly the same thing?

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Old 07-04-2013, 09:42 PM   #42
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Originally Posted by Anna_Purna View Post
More like stress from having my father find out I ruined his die???
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You underestimate a father's love!
No no no, I know exactly how much he loves his die's
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Old 07-07-2013, 03:30 PM   #43
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My problem is 180 degrees from yours. I let my dad use my reloading press. He jammed a .223 case up a RCBS die and that's where it remains, stuck. No case bottom and can't get the decapper out because it comes out the top and you can't get it through the neck.



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With A stuck case remover...LOL we have all tried stupid things, Learning the hard way is some times the best was. I made my first stuck case remover like some one said with an old socket. Have since bought an RCBS remover but still have the one I made. Not sure it does not work better than the RCBS.


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