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    Wondering if you 338-06 owners have a preference of one die over another , especially when necking -up 30-06 brass to 338 ? Have read and heard Redding dies tend to crush the neck when necking up . Just looking for your opinions , experiences and knowledge .

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    Quote Originally Posted by prariewolf View Post
    Wondering if you 338-06 owners have a preference of one die over another , especially when necking -up 30-06 brass to 338 ? Have read and heard Redding dies tend to crush the neck when necking up . Just looking for your opinions , experiences and knowledge .
    I have Redding dies and wouldn't trade them for anything. Use a tapered expander button and necking up is a one pass operation. I have never damaged a single piece of brass and can only conclude that the source of the rumor you cite simply didn't know what he was doing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iofthetaiga View Post
    I have Redding dies and wouldn't trade them for anything. Use a tapered expander button and necking up is a one pass operation. I have never damaged a single piece of brass and can only conclude that the source of the rumor you cite simply didn't know what he was doing.
    100% agree with that. Redding dies are tops but whatever brand you need a tapered expander to neck cases up.
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    I thank you Gents for your input.

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    use fired '06 brass and you won't have to expand the neck. J.

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    I too use Redding for my 338-06AI and have had nothing but a good experience with them.
    Good luck.

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    REDDING is the only way to go in my opinion

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldRgr View Post
    use fired '06 brass and you won't have to expand the neck. J.
    That's interesting, would you care to expand on that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smitty of the North View Post
    That's interesting, would you care to expand on that?

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    Well I ain't him and I haven’t measured it but a fired 06 should be something around .318” neck ID I would think. And a 338-06 sized case I’m guessing around .328” so they are likely within .010” of each other. The radius on most FB jacketed bullets should start into a neck .010” too tight and expand it fine, boat tale definitely would but I think lead would shave.
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    I just de-prime the fired '06 brass; I use a Lee rod. You can also use an 'o6 sizing die and just run the de-priming rod out until it kicks out the primer but does not size the neck. Then just load it up. This is not a big deal. You can run the fired '06 brass through the 338-06 sizer if you like, but no need too. J.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldRgr View Post
    I just de-prime the fired '06 brass; I use a Lee rod. You can also use an 'o6 sizing die and just run the de-priming rod out until it kicks out the primer but does not size the neck. Then just load it up. This is not a big deal. You can run the fired '06 brass through the 338-06 sizer if you like, but no need too. J.
    Are you belling the cases? Are you loading boat tail 338 bullets? I'm not doubting you a bit...just another rung on the ladder in the reloading learing curve and hopefully I aints to old to learn!

    On another note, I have learned or at least have myself convinced that the 308 family of cartridges tend to stretch more when pulling the inside neck expanding plug back out than most cartridges. I prefer to use carbide neck expanding plugs but even then lube needs to be applied to inside of the case neck. I have gotten in a hurry and assumed that I was spraying enough One Shot into the case neck to lube them sufficiently only to find out that none of the newly loaded rounds would chamber in my gun or if they did they went hard. I ended up removing the insde expander plug/ depriming pin rod assembly from the die and then relube the loaded ammo and run them back through the die to set the shoulder back enough so the ammo will chamber in my gun. It would have been much easier to do it right the first time!

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