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Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Lonesome Dove, Jan 22, 2020.

  1. usedtobelockhart

    usedtobelockhart New Member

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    I have heard that Remington only makes one run of 7BR brass each year, and unless you are really on the ball, it will be gone before you have a chance to buy any. The xp-100 I converted to 7tc was originally in 7BR, so I had it rebarreled to 7tc. I campaigned an xp in IHMSA silhouette for about 15 years and did well with it. But 7br brass is tough to find and there are tons of .223 brass, so that decision was a no brainer. Case capacity is about the same and I never have to worry about finding brass.
     


  2. Lonesome Dove

    Lonesome Dove Active Member TGT Supporter

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    ^^^ Yes if it were my gun I would rebarrel. I shoot a 2nd gen contender currently. As it is my friend is just trying to resurrect it for his father. They have about 20-25 rounds left and maybe the same of empty brass.
     
  3. just country

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    thank u
     
  4. Dawico

    Dawico Uncoiled Lifetime Member

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    If the shell holder has a thicker rim than the die is made for the case won't go into the die far enough to resize fully.

    Case gauges are a waste of money. If it fits in the chamber what does it matter if it gauges correctly? Answer in search of a question in my opinion.

    Once you start neck sizing or bumping shoulders a gauge is worthless anyways.
     
  5. just country

    just country Active Member

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    morning, very good point. justme gbot tum.
     
  6. dee

    dee Well-Known

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    Buy a bump gauge and measure the shoulder bump. If the brass was fired in the gun it should still chamber unless something is wrong in your sizing process. If you are running an expander ball with no lube you can pull the case from in spec to out. Case gauge will only have you sizing to sami standards not what your chamber may be.

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  7. rotor

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    I don't agree. Rifle case gauges help you set your full length resizing die. You can be sure that the case is not too long or too short and that the datum line is in the right place and meets specs. A too short case will fit in the chamber just fine. Is that what you want? With a micrometer you can measure the full case length but that doesn't mean your datum line is correct even though your case length is. A case gauge makes all of that easier. You only use a rifle case gauge after you neck size and bump shoulders to see if you have done it to spec. If not you readjust your die.
     
  8. Lonesome Dove

    Lonesome Dove Active Member TGT Supporter

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    A39CA06F-209F-45B7-9C97-B58BD65BDFCD.jpeg Well I want to seriously Thank all that replied here. Thank you!
    I got the little suckers done I was on the verge of turning necks but knew that wasn’t the problem. I sat back and took all replies into thought then realized crap! I can just neck size or partial size these. As mentioned though doing this slipped my mind or I had a Serious brain fart. Well that worked. Loaded up 20 now we have to send some down range and see what we got.
    Side bar: I don’t normally neck size except for one cartridge and I haven’t had to load that one in years. I always do FL.
     
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  9. Deavis

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    Too much logic in that post and it's like you want your cartridges to work in any gun compliant with SAAMI standards. How dare you try to use ammo fired in one gun in another, you heretic! All reloaders should use specific (advanced) techniques that potentially limit your ammunition to a single firearm and not use basic ones that guarantee functional, properly headspaced, and trimmed cartridges. That's why case gages are a waste of money and are useless objects put upon this earth by the devil to distract you from the higher calling of ammunition that is made for only a single chamber. It is the only way, unbeliever!

    Most people who have problems chambering due to case sizing are NOT experts by the very problem they face. They would benefit from owning a case gage (they are cheap), learning the basics of why, how, and when to use one before moving to advanced techniques. I touched the shell holder with my die but the bolt doesn't close... drop it in the gage and find out why without needing your gun. Walk, then run. Just my opinion and I thi k your position is right on.
     
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  10. dee

    dee Well-Known

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    Be careful partial sizing (using a fl die to nk size) it can cause some very strange problems. German Salazar had a large article on sizing (nk, partial, fl and bushing fl) and the effects each had. Partial caused some pulled cases and something else from what I remember. Not sure if his articles are still available if so they are worth a read.

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