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As for leaving powder in the hopper, I just don't. Never did. Not out of a concern for turning the hopper yellow, which it has after 45 years of use anyhow, I don't because I feel the sealed container is best for it. My original reloading station was an un-A/C'd storage room in the carport of base housing. Then it was basements of base housing followed by the basement of my house in WA--none with A/C-- and now the kitchen counter--but at least it's in the A/C. I may have left powder in my dropper once overnight, but otherwise, back into the jug it goes.
 
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I’d grind the top of the shell holder before I’d mess with the die.
.005-.010 won't harm the strength of the shell holder and give plenty of clearance.

Hey @Tangle. Ever seen the Sinclair die shims? I use them to make .001 adjustments to my die setting. A lot easier than trial-and-error adjustments. The only issue I have with mine is the set I have goes to .003 at the thinnest (.003-.010 thicknesses). I don't know if I lost some or what.
 
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About the primer claim: I agree with you guys. I just don't see primers stored in air conditioning as a problem. Maybe the primer issue described in the article was due to them being stored in high humidity for extended periods of time.
 

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.005-.010 won't harm the strength of the shell holder and give plenty of clearance.

Hey @Tangle. Ever seen the Sinclair die shims? I use them to make .001 adjustments to my die setting. A lot easier than trial-and-error adjustments. The only issue I have with mine is the set I have goes to .003 at the thinnest (.003-.010 thicknesses). I don't know if I lost some or what.
That would be a cool way to do that! Where do you get the shims?

As for the RCBS die, I had the bottoming problem with the Redding shell holder (Redding T7 press) so I switched to a RCBS shell holder and the same thing happens. Well, I did get the shoulder to about -0.001", but the cam over was just a too much. The Hornady Match bushing die does not have the bottoming problem.
 

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That would be a cool way to do that! Where do you get the shims?
I don't recall, but here's a site.

https://www.sinclairintl.com/reloading-equipment/reloading-dies/replacement-parts-amp-upgrades/reloading-die-shim-kits-prod33711.aspx

It says 7 shims and I have .003-.010, so maybe I have them all. What I did, and may not work for you, is start with the die kissing the shell holder, add the .010 shim, and resize a case. Measure and adjust from there, replacing shims going up/down as needed.

I found resizing fired cases using the .004 shim works for me, converting 5.56 case needs the .003 shim to get to the desired size. With the .003 shim, the die will still touch the shell holder without a case. They are marked with notches corresponding to size. It won't help when the dis is mashing into the holder and needs more, but for .001 adjustments with a better mated die/shell holder they're nice.
 

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I don't recall, but here's a site.

https://www.sinclairintl.com/reloading-equipment/reloading-dies/replacement-parts-amp-upgrades/reloading-die-shim-kits-prod33711.aspx

It says 7 shims and I have .003-.010, so maybe I have them all. What I did, and may not work for you, is start with the die kissing the shell holder, add the .010 shim, and resize a case. Measure and adjust from there, replacing shims going up/down as needed.

I found resizing fired cases using the .004 shim works for me, converting 5.56 case needs the .003 shim to get to the desired size. With the .003 shim, the die will still touch the shell holder without a case. They are marked with notches corresponding to size. It won't help when the dis is mashing into the holder and needs more, but for .001 adjustments with a better mated die/shell holder they're nice.
Thanks @OldVet!
 
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