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#6077283 - 12/07/17 08:29 AM Re: .243 reloaders [Re: Golf ball]
Scuba1 Offline
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Registered: 06/10/07
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Originally Posted By: Golf ball
And your quenching in plain old tap water right ?


The quenching is not necessary for the annealing process from a metallurgical standpoint. IE it does nothing for the brass unlike for steel. I just dump them in water so that I don't have hot cases everywhere and when I tip them out of the sleeve / socket, the case mouth does not get dinged up when it hits another case in just a box for example.
If you want, you can put them on a baking tray and let them cool of in the air. They stay dry that way. Makes no odds to the brass.
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#6077292 - 12/07/17 08:35 AM Re: .243 reloaders [Re: Golf ball]
Golf ball Offline
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Registered: 12/19/14
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10 bands your a 100% on the reloaders dream. The only problem is you donít have to know anything. I bought a used press , powder drop, scale and book from my uncle when I was still in high school. He showed me a good load that he liked and it worked well in my 700 so Iíve never even tweeted it . When I started loading for the .243 I found out that I needed more knowledge, nothing wrong with that , it just caught me off guard.

Thanks again everyone !
Don

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#6077336 - 12/07/17 09:09 AM Re: .243 reloaders [Re: Golf ball]
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Registered: 06/07/12
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Are you using the sizing die to deprime the cases before you tumble them? Then sizing them again after theyíre tumbled? If thatís the case, you working the brass twice each time you load it, cutting itís life span in half. Anealing will certainly help, but if I understand your process correctly, Your over working your brass and will still get shorter brass life. Good luck, the 222 and 243 are 2 of my favorite rounds.
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#6077371 - 12/07/17 09:41 AM Re: .243 reloaders [Re: Golf ball]
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I have reloaded for about 35 years sounds like you are resizing down to far. Adjust your dies.... I have never annealed but don't shoot as much as lots on here. You should get more than 2 reloads out of any brass before it cracks unless you are loading too hot or your press is closing down to far. Back off where it is needed.

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#6077380 - 12/07/17 09:51 AM Re: .243 reloaders [Re: Golf ball]
Golf ball Offline
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Jbyrd are you talking about the neck being sized too far down or the whole case ?

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#6077426 - 12/07/17 10:40 AM Re: .243 reloaders [Re: Golf ball]
Golf ball Offline
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Crossroads , no I do not resize twice. I run them through once while de- priming, then tumble and reload.

I will now be checking length, trimming if need be then annealing , then resizing and de- priming.

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#6077479 - 12/07/17 11:17 AM Re: .243 reloaders [Re: Golf ball]
jbyrd63 Offline
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Originally Posted By: Golf ball
Jbyrd are you talking about the neck being sized too far down or the whole case ?

Does the splitting occur before or after the bullet is seated? If it is after you may need to adjust that die. . If it is after back your die out of press some. lock it in place. Then adjust your bullet depth.
One of you or both of your process is to deep.

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#6077481 - 12/07/17 11:18 AM Re: .243 reloaders [Re: Golf ball]
jbyrd63 Offline
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Could be either one or both depends on when the splitting is occuring

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#6077483 - 12/07/17 11:19 AM Re: .243 reloaders [Re: Golf ball]
jbyrd63 Offline
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How hot is your load

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#6077513 - 12/07/17 11:48 AM Re: .243 reloaders [Re: Golf ball]
Top Jimmy Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
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Loc: Alaska, USA
I have always tumbled, deprimed/resized, and then tumbled again before any trimming, etc. Have been told depriming/resizing dirty brass is a no, no, so I have never done it.

-TJ
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#6077638 - 12/07/17 01:53 PM Re: .243 reloaders [Re: Golf ball]
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Registered: 06/10/07
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I tumble , then resize deprime , then trim, then chamfer , prime.....etc. I find when I tumble the brass with the old primers in place i don't end up picking media out of the primer pockets. Prepping primer pockets that are crimped is quick enough on my case prep station.
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