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.32-40 going round in circles
Mar 15th, 2019 at 12:21am
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Hi. I'm sure that someone can put me straight here. I have a Lee FL sizing die labeled .32-40 F7. I absolutely cannot get a case in it and was really trying to figure out what I was doing wrong. I now have a Rocky Mountain Cartridge BS solid brass cartridge that mikes out about .01 smaller than nominal case size. top and bottom, and it won't come within 1/2" of fitting in the die. I have crushed both oversized fired cases and cases that fit in my 44 1/2. Is there something about "F7" that I don't know?  I do resize and case form for .40 caliber Ballard cartridges and I load .25-20 so I'm not incapable, or I guess that I am! Appreciate your help. Wayne
  
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Re: .32-40 going round in circles
Reply #1 - Mar 15th, 2019 at 12:30am
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Do you really need to size anything except maybe a little of the neck?
  
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Reply #2 - Mar 15th, 2019 at 12:53am
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About 1/2 of my cases fit but the rest show marks the full length when I (carefully) encourage them into the chamber. They stop short about 3/8" still hanging out. Truthfully, I have drifted away from the goal a little, fighting the die. Point well taken. Wayne
  
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Reply #3 - Mar 15th, 2019 at 7:35am
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I see too possibilities here: an oversized chamber or a defective die.
Maybe a cerrosafe cast of both would clear things up?
  
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Reply #4 - Mar 15th, 2019 at 8:38am
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Sounds like a quality control issue on the die, they may have omitted the finish ream operation, send it back. The 'F7' is probably a date code.
  
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Reply #5 - Mar 15th, 2019 at 10:07am
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Are you using enough lube?  Just a thought.  Tom
  
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Reply #6 - Mar 15th, 2019 at 11:40am
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I had that problem with 32-40 lee dies and found if decapping pin is set to high it would do it. I took a hammer and drove mine down and now works fine.
  
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Reply #7 - Mar 15th, 2019 at 10:35pm
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Worth looking into. Thanks
  
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Reply #8 - Mar 25th, 2019 at 11:35pm
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JSB30 - right you are! Decapping pin/neck expander position was apparently set to high. I got a 2nd die (RCBS) that tried to make trouble but that pin configuration allowed more convenient adjustment that solved the problem. Now I can size and bell with different dies - justifying the extra $ for the lesson. Thank you for your insight. Wayne  Cheesy
  
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