Iíve often said I never stuck a case using Imperial Wax . . . Well I donít know how but I done did it. These are once fired nickel 300WM brass, Winchester brand. I donít like nickel because they size hard and can score a die but they arenít mine and now-a-days a guy has to work with what ya got.
I was working on my old Lyman turret press, still one of my favorites cuz I donít got to change dies when jumping around doing small batches. All was going well, a bit grumpy going in but coming out fine. Then POP! The J to X type shell holder adapter busted off at the retaining pin hole. I figured it was just old and tired but I donít have another so I broke out the Rockchucker and set up in that.
Screwed the die in and snapped the shell holder backward into the ram and over the case rim at the same time. Made sure everything was well seated and promptly ripped the rim right off the case!
Moving on to plan ďCĒ I busted out my stuck case tools. Drilled and taped it to ľ-20 and went to town with the wrenches . . . And that just ripped the threads out of the case head! Fellas this son-o-gun is STUCK!!
So on to plann ďDĒ at this point, trouble was I had never needed to develop a plan D before so didnít have one . . . coffee time! Plan D turned out to be my 20 ton shop press and making a stem in the lathe that would push the case and Lee stem out from the inside. Got it into the press and after more pumping that I ever imagined it would take SNAP, POP, pop, pop as it came loose. Good golly was that thing ever stuck in there!
Then I cut the case and press the stem back out of the primer hole with the shpo press, after all the force I had applyed pressing the case out the stem shot to the floor like a boolit when it broke free.
It all came out fine, no damage to the die or parts. I donít know what went wrong here, I doubt it was the Impearl Wax . . . Must have been some freak thing with the plaiting wrinkling and wedging it in like a Chinese finger trap or something. I had no idea one could ever get stuck that tight but she sure did.