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  • legaltrip

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    I just started reloading. The press I use my dad bought in the 80s. it is mounted to a steel office desk and noticed a little flex in the desk reloading 5.56. will that cause any problems when I start loading for my 308? I don't want to mess up my new dies.
     

    vmax

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    I agree with Vaquero on that.

    A steel desk shouldn't be flexing that much. but if you want to be sure, you can pull it off and lay down an 18" X 18" piece of 1" plywood and bolt that down to the desk then remount through the wood and steel
     

    ROGER4314

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    I have the strength to physically pull the cartridge case apart but why do that? On bigger cases, I use the RCBS lube pad and just roll the cases on the pad. It makes working the brass SO much easier! They say that carbide dies don't need case lube. I don't want to work any harder than necessary, so I use the lube, anyway. Instead of beefing up the bench, try some lube!

    A word of caution.....Since the late 1960's, I have pulled the rims off of a few cases. Every one of them was .223/5.56. If the cases are sticky, better use the lube.

    I recommend the RCBS stuck case remover kit for about $20. It does a splendid job. If you wish, you can also assemble your own kit.
    http://www.midwayusa.com/product/504741/rcbs-stuck-case-remover?cm_vc=ProductFinding

    Small cases like 9mm, .45acp and .40 cal, are easy to work so I seldom lube them. If I get tired, out comes the lube pad!

    Flash
     
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    legaltrip

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    I use lube on all of the cases. I just didn't know if the flex would cause any issue. I've pulled the case out of the holder before with it lubed up. do they make dies the just resize. I de-prime by hand.
     

    Dawico

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    I use lube on all of the cases. I just didn't know if the flex would cause any issue. I've pulled the case out of the holder before with it lubed up. do they make dies the just resize. I de-prime by hand.

    The deprimer is part of the expanding ball stem. You need the expanding ball to get the case neck sized properly.

    So, no, not really.

    Use spray lube and put your cases in a Ziploc baggie and give them a few shots. Mix then up and give them a few more shots. This is the easiest way to lube your cases and it also lubes the inside of the neck.
     

    Charlie

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    I stand my cases up on a piece of plywood spaced about an inch apart in rows. Then I spray from all four directions from about a foot back and up. This gets lube on all sides and inside the case mouth.
     

    Dawico

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    I stand my cases up on a piece of plywood spaced about an inch apart in rows. Then I spray from all four directions from about a foot back and up. This gets lube on all sides and inside the case mouth.
    I used to do that using case holding blocks. Once I learned of the Ziploc baggy method I switched and never looked back. My lube usage went way down and saved me the time of standing them all up.

    I also give one little shot up into the die.
     
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