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    Quote Originally Posted by Drhorsepower View Post
    ***if I'm full length sizing! I will lube every other one or every third one depending on size of case. You just have to play with it.
    You are so right. You never know where the brass came from and I have found some really tight and some pretty loose. The tight ones (usually from a bigger chamber) need more lube and take a lot more muscle to resize, looser ones less.
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    I clean my dies after every use. I spray some Birchwood Casey Gun Scrubber on a Swabber Applicator ( also from Birchwood Casey) to clean the inside of the die body. I also use some Gun Scrubber sprayed on Cottontips (these are similar to Q-Tips but they are about 6" long) to clean the neck area of the die. I always clean my brass before resizing, so the dies don't get real dirty, but they do still get dirty. I use full-length sizing dies but back them off in the press so they are basically only resizing the neck. Has worked great for me for 25+ years.

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    I use CRC "BrakeKleen" to clean out most of the gunk, then compressed air, followed by WD-40 specialist silicone spray lube & rust preventative. It has always worked great for me. I usually do it after I load a batch of one caliber, usually 50 rds. or so.

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    *** wow there are a lot of people that put in time to clean dies! I think I've cleaned a sizing die once in my life

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    No problem here Colorado Cowboy. Nothing wrong with a civil disagreement/discussion. I have only been reloading for 17 years so I still have some stuff to learn. I used to neck size only and now I full length size everything. I cut my teeth shooting NRA Highpower and Long range competitions out to 1000 yds, ammo that doesn't chamber is a mental distraction I can't afford to have, it costs me points in a match. Properly set up full length dies will only push the shoulder back approx .002 inches. You are correct, brass does flow forward, and case length should be checked on every loading. If someone is having problems with case separation they are either over sizing the cases or keeping them past their useful life. Brass cases are a disposable commidity. You and I are probably not going to change each others mind. I am just trying to show a different point of view to anyone learning to reload.
    Good discussion here.

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    Jason,

    I have shot a lot of rifle competition too, from 1000yd BP Single Shot to bench rest and you bring up a good point. Shooters who participate in competition soon lean what it takes to win. Your reloading methodology, equipment and components will be lots different from what the casual hunter/reloader uses. There are things common to all shooting/reloading and others that are very specialized. I got into a habit of hand weighing every rifle load I shoot to within 1/10th of a gr. Slower yes, but I feel its much more precise. Got into a habit of doing that when I was bench rest shooting and still do it today. My point is whatever works for you that gives you the results you are looking for.....do it!

    I love to tinker with all my shooting stuff. I am retired and have lots of time. I shoot competition Bulls Eye Pistol all winter in addition to Cowboy Action Shooting, Trap and Sporting Clays all year. Gave up the 1000 yard stuff as my eyes just got "old"....not me, just my eyes. I set up all my BE pistols myself and so the same with my CAS revolvers, lever actions and shotguns. Made lots of mistakes at first, but got pretty good at it and its kind fun too.
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    To clean crud and oil, or lube out of your die, get a can of starting fluid. The eather will dissolve dirt and lube out of the internal parts of the die without dissasembly, and dry almost before you can wipe them off. About nevery two hundred rounds is adaquate. If you have a set of fl dies, all you need to convert them to neck sizing only is a 1/2" washer. Place the washer on top of the shell holder, run the ram all the way up, and adjust the die down tight on the washer. For cases like the 223 with a short neck go to the parts store, and ask for a very thin washer. Neck sizing the cases will give you better case life and better accuracy.

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    hey all I use gun solvent to clean my RCBS dies for me as far as sizing I use a thin washer between the bottom of the Die and the shell holder when I size my 30-30 cases I find since I only reload 30-30 cases for one rifle they can be loaded 5 or 6 time instead of 2 or 3 in my .300 mag , in my .300 mag I also use the thick washer to size because even with lube the .300 cases can get stuck in the die after they have been shot in my rifle. then in my .270 cal. die I load my wife's Winchester.270 , my son's .270 savage , and my Remington .270 so I have to full length size the cases . if I shot a case in my Remington and not size it tight enough it won't go in my wife's .270 chamber. in my pistols I use only carbide Dies and keep them real clean

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    I guess technically, I am not completely full length sizing as I stated in my OP.
    I use a full length sizing die, but I use the Redding Competition shell holder. I use the one that is labeled .010.
    It has a rim that is .01" taller than a standard shell holder. So it is like having a thin washer preventing the brass from going all of the way into the sizing die.
    When I do my part, I can get sub .3 MOA accuracy out to 600 yards.
    I have been reloading only about 2 years, but my thoughts are if I only neck size and I get any fouling, crude, etc in the chamber area, I could end up not being able to close the bolt in a hunting situation. Also, I am not sure how much more accuracy I could squeeze out of my setup by neck sizing, since I am confident that I am the limiting factor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LaHunter View Post
    I have been reloading only about 2 years, but my thoughts are if I only neck size and I get any fouling, crude, etc in the chamber area, I could end up not being able to close the bolt in a hunting situation. Also, I am not sure how much more accuracy I could squeeze out of my setup by neck sizing, since I am confident that I am the limiting factor.
    I have never had any fouling or other buildup on my brass. I tumble every piece of brass before I size and load.
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