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Old 11-25-2012, 1:37 PM
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Default Tough to resize pistol brass = Bad?

My press is mounted/screwed on a piece of flat board (backyard fence type wood). I can work in the garage or bedroom just C-clamping it on a table. Anyway just a few minutes ago, I was resizing some 9mm. I was having a tough time resizing and only managed to do 10 brass when the board mount broke in half!
The previous time I resized about 300 brass and it was not as tough as ones I did today. These are a mix of my own as well as others I picked up at the range.
You think these are bad or over used brass?
It was tough from the moment the brass hits the die mouth, I had to pull/push like 3 times to resize each brass.

Has any of you experienced this with 9mm brass?
I'm using a Lee single stage and carbide dies.
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Old 11-25-2012, 1:42 PM
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Possibly Glocked brass or an oversized chamber. You can use sizing lube like One Shot or Imperial and it should size fine. I still use sizing lube on pistol brass, even with carbide dies. Makes sizing brass even easier.
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Old 11-25-2012, 1:42 PM
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Are you useing case lube?
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Old 11-25-2012, 4:17 PM
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I've read about the One Shot lube, on another forum, I might give it a try. I've mounted the press on a more sturdier 2x4 block, tried the Lee case lube on a few brass and I did feel some smoothness.
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If you use One Shot Lube, be sure to let it dry completely before resizing. For pistol rounds, it might not be so critical, but for .223 it is the difference between a decent lube and a stuck case.
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For 9mm lube is really a good idea. I make my own, a bottle of 92% rubbing alcohol and a bottle of pure lanolin, no fragrance etc. available at whole foods or such places.

Mix 20 parts alcohol to 1 part lanolin in a spray bottle (don't need much lanolin), mix well and spray brass. 9mm is the only pistol brass that I lube, 38, 357, 45 all are fine in carbide dies without lube.
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I've read about the One Shot lube, on another forum, I might give it a try. I've mounted the press on a more sturdier 2x4 block, tried the Lee case lube on a few brass and I did feel some smoothness.
I have my single stage mounted on a 2x6. All I know its not very sturdy when doing rifle but when doing 9mm it feels like butter. Have you lubed up your press at all?
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Old 11-25-2012, 5:12 PM
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Is lanolin available at GNC or Walgreens?
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dirty brass or dirty die. Clean and polish die and try again
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you got carbide dies? plywood is stronger
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Been reloading a whole bunch of calibers on a couple Dillon 550's with Dillon carbide dies since '85. Always used One Shot. I notice when I forget. I "aquired" a Taco Bell tray 20 years ago and that's what I spread my cases out on to spray-shake-spray them. I've had 1 stuck case that I can think of in all these years.
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Is lanolin available at GNC or Walgreens?
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Lol i use the wax based stuff on my 44 mag as it can be a lil tuff to resize
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I think because 9mm pistol brass is somewhat taper . I've had same issue too , but i guess its normal . very different feeling from doing 45's . I use carbide dies on both calibers but I use lube only on 9mm
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Never had any real resistance with 9mm brass. Try using a quick spray of One Shot and give it another go. Maybe try pulling apart your die and clean it out.
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dirty brass or dirty die. Clean and polish die and try again
The dies were sprayed with brake cleaner prior to use, and the brass were soaked overnight with water and soap months ago.
Its probably brass from someones guns with slightly bigger chamber. I'll probably just lube a few and use it in between non lubed ones, as suggested above.
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I still use case lube with carbide dies... Just makes things go a bit easier...
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I use one shot and have no problems on my Dillon 650.... I would mount to a stronger piece of wood though.
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If you use One Shot Lube, be sure to let it dry completely before resizing. For pistol rounds, it might not be so critical, but for .223 it is the difference between a decent lube and a stuck case.
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Been reloading a whole bunch of calibers on a couple Dillon 550's with Dillon carbide dies since '85. Always used One Shot. I notice when I forget. I "aquired" a Taco Bell tray 20 years ago and that's what I spread my cases out on to spray-shake-spray them. I've had 1 stuck case that I can think of in all these years.
I use a ziploc baggy. Contains the mist of the spray lube.
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guys...its the bench, not the cases.
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i think im going to use case lube as well.. i heard its better for your press and your dies in the long run.
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Case lube=good...
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