Rainy ole day here today so i decided to fabricate a front bumper for the mini.. built it out of 2 inch square tubing .. the little truck had this little tow hook mounted to each side of the frame. So i took them off and fabricated brackets that would bolt in their place.. quiet a chore getting the holes all layed out on the brackets im here to tell ya.. lol but it turned out good.. will let it weather a little then paint it black..
Rj the thing to remember when using a crimping die is that every case has to be exactly the same length from the base to the mouth of the case.. not many that i know of on here use the crimp die.. but it never hurts to try one.. compare a few with a light crimp and some without and see what gives you the best results..
Bob could that flat spot be from the ejector smacking the neck against the inside wall of the action upon extraction.. both of my remington 788's will leave a flat place on the necks that look alot like that.
Use the KISS method with just getting into loading. Get a FL bushing die. Making things overly complicated when learning will make it much tougher on you.
Also when you say "without adjusting the neck size so my projectiles will pass easily through." you do know you need to have neck tension to hold the bullet right? The FL bushing die will allow you to set proper neck tension while bumping shoulder and sizing body.
Rob the op is asking about how to size the case without sizing the neck so he can make a modified case to use with his hornady tool to check overall length to the lands
Its not a easy task for sure. I got the bit and tap awhile back to make them. I think i made two that were acceptable.. and ruined 6 or 8 cases attempting to make them.. holding that case and keeping it square is the hard part.. a lathe would make it a easy task..
If the fired case your wanting to turn into a modified case chambers easy in your rifle then there's no need to size it.. knock the primer out and chamber it. If the bolt closes easy then the case is good to go and you can drill and tap it.. you have a modified case made just for your chamber that way.
That does seem like a pretty narrow seating node.. heres what i would do with that.. instead of going in .001 increments i would go in .005 increments.. since you went up to .035 off i would load 3 at .040 , .045, .050, .055 and .060 and watch where it closes back up and then opens up again.. then work in the area where it closed up.. some seating nodes are wider than others..
, what it comes down to is, if between the two reservoirs, one of them runs out of powder, and that's all the powder I have left for the lot, I'm stuck
My point was if thats all you have left of the old lot you can pour that little amount in a new jug and you will never know the difference in the new lot.. being as you need to test the new lot for speed anyway..
When i say a little bit left im talking about enough to load 8 or 10 cases.. pouring that little amount in a new 8# jug makes no difference that you can see.. good powder is to hard to come buy to throw any amount out on the grass..
When i have less than enough powder left in a jug to load the cases im wanting to load i pour the little bit left from the old lot into the new lot and give it a good shake to mix it up.. load a hand full of cases and check speed to see if i need to increase or decrease the charge.. if the speed is the same then load them up