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ennbee15 01-02-2012 03:46 AM

?'s loading .223 on lee 1000 with rgb dies and hornady one shot
ok so i have my dies and shellplate and components to reload .223 on the lee 1000. here's what i ran into. i used hornady one shot to lube the cases, i put more lube on there than a porno movie set. i've heard pro's and cons about one shot but that's all my lgs had in stock. i have rgb dies, so i decided to decap the brass(after cleaning and tumbling) and ran them through decapper and proceeded to get stuck cases. after adjusting and readjusting decapper die i was finally home free or so i thought. i ran 40 cases through the decapper process and had no problems, then got the stuck cases again, then after removing a few, i ended up with a case that was stubborn and mucked up the decapper pin, so now i had to order new pins to have on hand. i had lots of lube on the cases, so i don't know what's going on. did i make a mistake in getting the rgb dies or should i go with another set of dies? i'm thinking the latter, any thoughts or recommendations would be highly recommended. TIA. BTW i reload 9mm so i have experience reloading, but it is my 1st time with .223. thanks and happy 2012 to you all.

RMP1394-RLTW 01-02-2012 03:59 AM

How tight is the case in the shell holder? Also, after you sprayed the cases with the one shot, did you give it time to dry? It should only take a couple of minutes.

I had the same problem when I started reloading .223. I solved these same problems with a new shell holder and allowed the lube to dry longer.

Are you using the supplied powder measurer that came with the pro? When I started loading .223 with mine I upgraded to the Hornady LNL on my pro. Couldn't be happier by the way.

Good luck!


JonM 01-02-2012 04:01 AM

your over lubing. too much will bindup just as if you put none at all. just hit the cases evenly and let them sit or 3-5 minutes.

i use a card board box that 4 6-packs of soda come in. spread some brass in the box spray lube shake and dump into a bucket repeat till all the brass is done.

ennbee15 01-02-2012 04:54 AM

New shellholder, new dies, never got as far as loading powder. I was just decapping as part of case prep. I believe I did not give it sufficient time to dry. I may have been trying to rush things. I'm hearing that one should lube the inside of the case also?

robocop10mm 01-02-2012 05:28 AM

Progressives do not hold the case as securely as a single stage. I use Midway spray lube, just a couple of pumps and roll them on the RCBS lube pad. Let them dry for a minute or two. I always make sure I have at least 2 cases in the shell plate to limit the amounty of rocking the shell plate can do. I use the RCBS small base die and rarely have stuck cases. It does happen though. When I get to a stubborn batch of brass, I switch to Rig Lube +P for a case lube. It is a very high pressure gease. Even with a single stage it can happen occasionally.

ennbee15 01-02-2012 03:51 PM

Yeah I've heard that about the progressives, I'm thinking of going to single stage since I'm pretty meticulous about reloading, never been a how many can I make in an hour kind of guy. Tried that once and ended up with squib city. Thanks, keep the advice coming. I'm new to reloading .223's and I'm finding it's more involved than 9's.

gunnut07 01-02-2012 05:02 PM

I use nothing but One Shot and have never had a stuck case.

I spray at a 45 deg angle to the neck going from each of the 4 sides. Then I spray straight down over the top. I think allow them to dry while I get my press set up.

ennbee15 01-02-2012 06:58 PM

Like I said, I was able to deprrime 40 cases then I got the one that messed up my decapper.Does anyone have any thoughts about the lee decapper that just decaps, doesn't size? I like to decap 1st and then hand prime. How would I size? Should I just keep the decap/sizer die? I ask because I mistakenly ordered the decap only die instead of the pin. Fml....

ennbee15 01-02-2012 07:02 PM

I also have a ? about imperial wax, I've heard it works great. Just wondering about the one that you physically dip the case into. Would that work solo, since it lubes the whole case and neck and inside the case.Thanks for all the advice given to this .223 noob.

gunnut07 01-02-2012 08:01 PM

I wouldn't go with a universal decamping die I had one and I hit one case that was not lined up perfectly and that was the end of the decamping pin. Then you have to buy the enter pin and holder because for some dumb reason they made it one piece. I would get better dies myself.

Imperial sizing wax is awesome stuff. Put a little on your thumb and index finger and hit ever 2 or 3 case son the next shoulder and a little on the body.

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