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Tenderribbs 03-07-2013 12:18 AM

Stuck cases
Ok I've had a couple stuck cases the last one broke my decapper , I'm lubing the crap out of them but still get a stuck case everyone in a while . Why?

Rick1967 03-07-2013 12:33 AM

Do you lube the inside of the neck? When you broke the decapper, was it going in or coming out? You weren't trying to decap a berdan primed case were you?

rockratt 03-07-2013 03:01 AM


Originally Posted by Tenderribbs (Post 1166582)
Ok I've had a couple stuck cases the last one broke my decapper , I'm lubing the crap out of them but still get a stuck case everyone in a while . Why?

I would have to question the type of lube you are using or the amount.I lube the inside and outside of every other case with a very slight amount. If I do more than that I will see dents in the cases. If you are lubing the crap out of them and not seeing dents you have way better luck than I.

robocop10mm 03-07-2013 05:43 AM

Lemme guess, .223? These are the most likely to stick. You are not using the proper lube in the proper way. I have used dozens of different lubes over the years, but have settled on Imperial sizing wax as the best. A LITTLE bit goes a long way.

If you are "lubing the crap out of them", you are doing it wrong.

Broken decapper from either a Berdan case or a severely crimped primer.

Tenderribbs 03-07-2013 12:15 PM

Yep 223 cases and I have went from little lube to a lot and still get the periodical stuck case. I'm using the Lee lube that came with my reloader I will give the imperial lube a try. Im always careful about getting any excess lube of the neck area of the case. Thanks for input.

JonM 03-07-2013 12:32 PM

i use a lanolin based spray lube. i gave up on lube pads decades ago too much work too many issues with dirt and stuck cases.

i use a cardboard soda flat toss in a bunch of cases a few squirts with the spray lube shake wait a few minutes for the alcohol to evaporate and get after it.

you can get stuck cases from too much lube or too little when using lube pads.

as for the decapper breaking either the cases are ex military with a super tight crimp or berdan as others said.

nitestalker 03-07-2013 12:39 PM

It sounds like you have your decapping rod screwed down too far. The expander ball is being forced against the inside web of the case. Bending and breaking the rod lodging the pin in the flash hole. Back off the decapping rod only allow 1/4 inch of the pin to extend beyond the base of your sizing die.:)

Rick1967 03-07-2013 12:41 PM

I use a spray lube too. It is the Cabelas brand. I just stand them up on a paper towel and spray from both directions. I spray from about a foot away and hit probably 10 cases at a time with a single spritz.

Tenderribbs 03-07-2013 01:13 PM

why does too much lube cause stuck cases ? That is if you start out with a clean die and one that's not all gummed up with dried lube already .lll also try backing off my dec pen too also how do y'all clean your dies ?

locutus 03-07-2013 10:29 PM

I use Dillon spray lube and never have a problem. Screw down your decapping pin until it just barely punches out the primer.

When depriming crimped in primers, I normally use a RCBS universal decapping die to decap, and then size with the pin removed from the stem.

I clean my dies with alcohol on a nylon bore brush, then a squirt of gun scrubber.

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