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We do not recommend "fixing" cases fired in pistols with unsupported chambers, because there is no way to make them safe once they have bulged. The case wall is thinned where it bulges, and resizing the outside of the case back down to the correct di...
Our Turret Presses, Reloader Press, Breech Lock Hand Press, Classic Cast Presses and Breech Lock Challenger press all use Universal Shell holders to hold the case on the ram. The appropriate holder comes with all Lee Dies (except RGB). For those that...
Only Boxer primed cases can be reloaded using Lee Precision tools. Boxer primed cases can be identified by a single centrally located flash hole in the primer pocket. Berdan primed cases have two or more smaller diameter flash holes located off cente...
If a die has "pick-up", where brass is stuck to the carbide insert, or is galling cases, remove the decapper pin and scrub the insert with a stiff bore brush until clean. This can happen with brand new brass or brass that is too clean. It is better t...
Bulged cases are usually caused by the sizing die squeezing the case down too far in diameter for the bullet used. Measure the case mouth inner diameter after the case has been sized, and after the case mouth has been flared. It only needs to be .001...
No standard resizing die can re-size the entire case. There is a shell holder that is an eighth inch tall, that amount of the case can not enter the die, so it is not resized. At the bottom of the die, there is a radius which leads the cartridge into...
Crushed case necks are usually a result of square bottom bullets, and not having chamfered the inside diameter of the case neck. This chamfer is what leads the bullet into the case without catching on it. View Chamfer Tool #90109 [1] Links: --...
We make a tool called the Chamfer Tool (#90109) [1] that will remove them. The part number is 90109 Links: ------ [1] http://leeprecision.com/Chamfer-Tool.html
Nickel plated brass typically has a rough edge or burr around the inside of the case mouth, which will score the expander plug severely if this burr is not removed. Our Chamfer tool [1] (catalog #90109) works well for removing the rough edge and it i...
When full length sizing cases in non-carbide dies, it is necessary to properly lubricate the case and the inside of the case neck so that it will not get stuck during resizing into the steel die. With a properly lubed case, our Reloader Press or Bree...
Steel cases can be reloaded with any of our Carbide dies, as long as they do not have berdan primers.
CALIBER NAME SH # CALIBER NAME SH# 17 ACKLEY IMPROVED # 6 257 ROBERTS # 2 17 MACH IV # 4 257 STW # 5 17 REM # 4 257 WHBY MAG # 5 17-222 # 4 260 REM # 2 ...
We produce a Quick Trim solution for trimming the 204 Ruger that mounts on top of your reloading press. Simply install the appropriate quick trim die in your press and start trimming. Please see the following link for more information: http://leep...
It has come to our attention that some foreign made cartridge cases have a flash hole of .050" or less. This is smaller than the diameter of our standard depriming pin, and consequently, if one tries to deprime/resize these cartridge cases, the depri...
If you can see a series of wrinkles around the bullet and just below it, this is a sign of an excessive crimp. Just back the die up slightly.