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#5631373 - 03/02/15 09:38 PM Can I use a full length and collet die while I wait?
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Broke the pin on my .223 die and won't get another one until next week. Can I size the case with the body of the FL and then use the collet for the neck as a stop gap?

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#5631414 - 03/02/15 10:01 PM Re: Can I use a full length and collet die while I wait? [Re: tenyearsgone]
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What about the spent primer, or maybe I misunderstood.

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#5631438 - 03/02/15 10:16 PM Re: Can I use a full length and collet die while I wait? [Re: tenyearsgone]
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Yes you can do that but you still have to deal with removing the spent primer.
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#5631594 - 03/03/15 02:55 AM Re: Can I use a full length and collet die while I wait? [Re: tenyearsgone]
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The collet die has a decapping pin. Too bad these haven't been fired in my gun or I'd just use the collet die.

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#5631661 - 03/03/15 06:36 AM Re: Can I use a full length and collet die while I wait? [Re: tenyearsgone]
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If they'll chamber after using the collet die, then why not go ahead and load them?
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#5633263 - 03/03/15 10:20 PM Re: Can I use a full length and collet die while I wait? [Re: RiverRider]
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Originally Posted By: RiverRider
If they'll chamber after using the collet die, then why not go ahead and load them?


Yep I would try what RR said unless its an AR.

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#5633520 - 03/04/15 07:47 AM Re: Can I use a full length and collet die while I wait? [Re: DStroud]
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Originally Posted By: DStroud
Originally Posted By: RiverRider
If they'll chamber after using the collet die, then why not go ahead and load them?


Yep I would try what RR said unless its an AR.


It is an AR but they chambered easily. The problem is that the collet die expanded the neck too much making the bullet too loose. I just went ahead and ran them through the full length (minus the expander) to make it work. It only takes a minute or two extra.

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#5633579 - 03/04/15 08:24 AM Re: Can I use a full length and collet die while I wait? [Re: tenyearsgone]
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Something's not right there. The collet die should prep your case necks properly.

I've sized cases with the expander removed, but I think neck tension suffers unless your case necks are very consistent in thickness.

If you haven't used collet dies before, make sure you read the instructions and understand how they're supposed to work.
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#5633612 - 03/04/15 08:46 AM Re: Can I use a full length and collet die while I wait? [Re: tenyearsgone]
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Originally Posted By: tenyearsgone
The collet die has a decapping pin. Too bad these haven't been fired in my gun or I'd just use the collet die.


Whose dies are they? wont the decap-pin from the collet die fit on the FL die? move it over!

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#5633619 - 03/04/15 08:49 AM Re: Can I use a full length and collet die while I wait? [Re: tenyearsgone]
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Now your neck tension is extremely tight( the way you did it) so as RiverRider said something ain't right.

Be aware that if you load is warm then now it's HOT with that much neck tension.

The Collet die should give proper neck tension when set up correctly.

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