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Old May 14, 2022, 10:02 PM   #26
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Ok it is near the lowest point of the ram travel. That's when the expander ball trays to expand the neck. First I would make sure the expander ball is low enough, away from the neck of the die. Or the brass will get caught between the expander ball and neck of the die. Next is to make sure you have adequate lube inside the brass. The critical area is under the shoulder and inside the neck. If necessary I apply imperial wax there with Q tip.

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Old May 15, 2022, 03:32 PM   #27
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The expander ball is about as low as it can go in the die, but the drag is on the handle downstroke. The expander ball doesn’t do its job until being extracted from the case. I am not impressed with the 7.62x39 Lee die set.
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Old May 15, 2022, 04:20 PM   #28
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Now it is the down stroke of the handle, or the upstroke of the ram. It is when the brass is going in the die. Please see my previous posts.

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Old May 15, 2022, 06:11 PM   #29
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Unless the expander ball is too low and is hitting the bottom of the case before the ram is bottomed out. Try running a case that’s been deprimed up far enough for the expander to clear the neck. Then loosen the expander, run the case the rest of the way up, then move the expander down until it bottoms out, then move it up far enough to comfortably clear the bottom of the case and tighten it down. I know this is basic stuff and you’ve most likely done this given your experience, but sometimes I miss basic things even after thirty years of loading myself and need to be reminded.
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Old May 21, 2022, 10:59 PM   #30
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Old June 8, 2022, 04:24 PM   #31
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I bought one of these little Rugers back in 2018. My hunting load is the Sierra125 grain Pro Hunter. It has not failed me on coyotes, deer or hogs. Accuracy is fairly good, under two inches at 100 yards. Usually about 1.5 inches.
Accuracy with commie steel case ammo can be all over, but never as good as my handloads. I started with Hornady factory steel case with their tipped bullets. Good stuff, but spendy.
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