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When using new/unfired brass is it necessary to full length size it? Once it has been fire formed I plan to only neck size it, and sort it for weight+/- .2gr
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From a rifle standpoint, I don't usually find it necessary to resize at all with new brass. The worst thing I've had to do is run a few dented cases through the resizing die to get the necks straightened out. Having said that, my results speak for themselves. With my .30-06 and Hornady 165 gr. SST's, I consistently get .40" at 100 yards, 1.2" at 300. The 180 Hornady Interbond groups worse. I only get .70" at 100 yards and 2.3" at 300 yards. I can't speak of pistol reloading as I am not there - yet.
Last edited by sniper58; February 20th, 2008 at 12:37 AM. Reason: addition
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My equipment resizes the case neck only. On second reloads, I'll end up needing to trim the cases. Brand new nickel plated cases should be sized before loading the first time. I also check cases for thickness and turn the necks when needed. I load for the 6.5x55, .308, and 22-250.
Ammo for serious target shooting should be neck sized only, after fire forming.
Try this one on for size: Back in the days of my avid groundhog hunting I neck sized .243 rounds then used a 1/4 drill bit to remove the brass that had flowed into the case neck, then neck sized the second time. Oh the joys of being too poor to afford a case neck turner.
Yes. FL size first, then neck size until it won't chamber then FL size again.
All hunting ammo is FL sized as function beats accuracy.
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