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I have a RCBS die marked 38spl/357 size 1 M, it is a full length resizing die with no other function,
but using the press, the brass will only go in about 25% and cannot be forced to go further.

Do you think my used brass is too greatly expanded? (I forgot what it measured)
Is it the wrong die? (it was made maybe 20 years ago, but appears to be unused)
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If the die is 20+ years old, it may not be a carbide die ... then the posters are correct, you need lube ... for pistol cases, it would probably worth your trouble to invest in a set of carbide dies .. they make life so much easier ... 38s or 357s usually slip right up into a carbide sizing die like butter!! The Lee ones are not expensive and do a good job ...
 

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I have used anything from WD40 to sewing machine oil. Don't overdue it on the lube because you have to clean the lube off before priming. Oil and primers don't mix. You can use a closed cell foam pad with a small amount of lube or for a lot of cases a terry cloth towel sewn up on one end with oil on the cloth. Toss them around in the towel then size. Also another one with 90 percent alcohol to clean them up.
 

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I use Hornady one-shot even WITH carbide dies. A light coating and I don't have to wipe it off, which is a pain in the ass.

The Hornady one-shot is a spray can so it's easy to apply.
 

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I like the Lee case lube. Comes in a 2 oz. tube. I dissolve it in a spray bottle with 90% alcohol (although I understand 95-99% is better) and then spray it on the cases. The alcohol evaporates, leaving a thin coating of the lube on the outside, and a little tiny bit goes inside the case mouth and makes bullet seating easier. It's not oil-based and doesn't react with the powder, so it's not a problem to have a tiny bit in the case mouth. Anyway, just a suggestion on the lube thing.
 

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captain-03 said:
..................... it would probably worth your trouble to invest in a set of carbide dies .. they make life so much easier ... 38s or 357s usually slip right up into a carbide sizing die like butter!! The Lee ones are not expensive and do a good job ...
A BIG +1.....


Carbide handgun caliber dies make the reloading process SO MUCH easier. The best thing is....... None of the sticky/gooey sizing lube on EVERYTHING......... And having to get it off the brass.

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