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Old September 19, 2011, 06:35 AM   #1
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I have reloaded some 38 specials. In my S&W Air Weight all is fine. In my friends ,38 Taurus the cartridges dont slip in or out easily. I have NO idea why..... except some of the rounds were 'mistakes' and i used kinetic bullet puller then re made them with NEW projectiles....but did not RE SIZE (because they already had live primers and were resized with optriginal loads).

So the question is : If i remove the depriming pin from the Dillon die, can or SHOULD i run the cartridges throuh the rezizing die? All thoughta and input is appreciated!!!

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Old September 19, 2011, 06:53 AM   #2
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If i remove the depriming pin from the Dillon die, can or SHOULD i run the cartridges throuh the rezizing die? All thoughta and input is appreciated!!!
Not if a bullet is seated already. Get a LEE factory crimp die if you want to size after seating, it is made to size at maximum and will not (should not) under size the bullet.
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Old September 19, 2011, 07:42 AM   #3
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My guess is that you did not have the sizing die adjusted properly when you first sized them. I have resized brass after priming a few times by removing the decapping pin, but never with bullets seated. I don't think they would fit in the die, plus it is not very safe. Your friend's pistol must have tighter chambers than your S&W. I would simply shoot them in the Smith and make some more checking to see if the sizing die is properly adjusted. 90% of the problems I have ever had reloading have been with the sizing die adjustment. Good luck.

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Old September 19, 2011, 07:56 AM   #4
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You'd be better off just shooting them, then reloading them right.
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Old September 19, 2011, 08:41 AM   #5
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The cases are probably rubbing the chamber at the mouth, try tightening the crimps just a tad.

It's very unlikely that not resizing and reseating after bullet pulling will cause any problems at all, it sure won't make cases swell any bigger than they were the first time.

You can easily/safely size and save the primers in any cases simply by removing the decap pin.

You can run loaded rounds into a sizer die (with the decapper removed obviously) as safely as you can run loaded rounds into a seater die.
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Old September 19, 2011, 03:20 PM   #6
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I would say that you should not and cannot size a round with a seated bullet. I know part of sizing is so that the neck is narrow enough to hold on to a bullet (meaning it is appreciably significantly narrower on the inside of the mouth than the bullet is). Trying to size a loaded round will suage the the bullet (successfully if you're using cast, and most likely unsuccessfully if you're using jacketed) and will make the bullet nolonger fit the gun. You also run the risk of the loaded round getting stuck in the sizing dye when you try to jam it in when resizing.

A round that fits in your gun should fit in your buddies too. I would have him clean out the chamber well. I had issues with a 357 mag that had a dirty cylinder and the rounds wouldn't seat fully, but that was caused by something else.
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