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Newbie Question....please help

Hi.

I'm new to the reloading of rifle loads...I"ve reloaded shotgun shells for many years.

My sons and I are just getting going and when we resize / knock the old primer out there are indents in the shoulder of the case....a .270

We've only done about ten and noticed the problem....I've tried to follow the directions for RCBS pretty closely but something is wrong.

Any suggestions?

Much appreciated

Taku

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You are using too much case lube on the neck ,shoulder.Could be something in the die too but I doubt it. Lightly lube a case and use your fingers to smooth it and make sure there is barely any lube on the case.
Try that and see if that was the problem. We may have to clean a die too.
I've been reloading the 270 win for decades, great cartridge Thumbs up

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Hey...that was quick...thanks

OK...I tried to get NO lube on the shoulder or neck but I may have. I just roll the cases along the lube pad a little and it picks up the lube....I have no real sense of how much is necessary.....it makes sense to me that too much would not be a good thing.

I'll try what you suggest and wipe of excess lube. The two dies are new...so hopefully it's just me screwing up!

Yes, the .270 is a really nice cartridge. My two sons are 13 and 15 and love to shoot....and they love the .270. I use it or caribou and rely on my 30.06 for Yukon moose. We're just starting the reloading thing and decided to start with the .270 loads.

thanks very much for your prompt response.

cheers,

taku

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I don't know of any other thing it could be. It is common to over lube at first. I actually keep a cloth on my lap and after I lube a case, I wipe excess off with my fingers and clean the lube off my hands with the cloth. I mostly just touch the case to the lube and spread it around with my fingers, barely leaving a coating.
Now I slightly dented shoulder does not make the cartridge unsafe at all, the operative word being " slightly".

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I think the idea of just touching the case to the pad is good.

There is the suggestion to have three or four and sort of roll them along, but that does put a fair bit of lube on them....I'm certain that if I can reduce the amount of lube that will solve the problem....

again, thanks for the help

I'm sure I'll be back here shortly with more questions

the internet is pretty damn good sometimes!!

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You'll soon get the feel of how much lube is required, not something easily reduced to type, not by me anyway.
Anyhow, usually somebody hanging around the reloading section that can give you a hand........

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Don't worry about the dents you have. They will go away with the first firing. I used to do that once in a while, my ex supprized me once and did a whole box like that while Iwas at work. Today I use Hornady one shot and never have the problem. Ya spray it on and it won't bother primers or bullets, good stuff!

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Hey, thanks...

I was wondering if I could still use the cases. It makes sense that you could in that the indents are quite small and would "straighten up" pretty quickly with a firing. I'll check into the Hornady product....so, it does away with the whole lube pad idea?

thanks again for the help folks!

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Yes, you could use the cases again. Did you know that you can use 30.06 cases to resize and load 270s. The 30.06 case is a bit shorter so you never have to trim at all. 30.06 cases are so popular here, and everywhere else I suspect, that I just reload once and toss them.
I never tried that spray but if it is endorsed by Don Fischer I wouldn't question the product.

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Yeah I second that. Hornady spray case lube is great stuff. Use it. I always tumble my cases after lube/resize, just to remove the lube. Personally I'm not real comfortable leaving anything but powder inside the case once a bullet is seated.

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Great information...thanks!!

My son and I just finished reloading some 30.06 cartridges today. You were absolutely right...I had too much lube on the cases. Thanks for the tip.

No, I didn't know you could use 30.06 cases for .270....but as you say, the only difference I can notice (without measuring) is that the .06 is a tiny bit shorter.

I looked for the Hornady One Shot here is Whitehorse but, as usuall, what you want is rarely here....have to order it from Edmonton or Calgary.

We have one store that carries reloading stuff.....but I'll keep looking.

Again, thanks for the help....

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