Regarding sizing 44-40 W-W cases:
My W-W cases are very difficult to size regardles whether I use spray-on case lube or RCBS gel case lube. Very slight improvement when letting sprayed cases set 12 hours!!!
My R-P cases are very easy to size regardless of which lube is used.
Does anybody else have difficulties such as this with W-W cases?
I am wondering if I should buy new dies or more R-P cases? or what to do?
April 15, 2005
I use Hornady dies, never lube my 44 WCF cases (both Winchester and Remington) and never have any problem. I wonder if your chamber is allowing the brass to expand to an unusually large size?
When I do use lube, I use a 50-50 mix of castor oil and lanolin, both available at the local pharmacy. It works better than the Hornady lube. In fact, I’ve resized a bunch of Starline 45-90 cases down to 40-82 in just one plunge of the handle using that lube. Just a very light coat, or you will put dimples in your cases.
Hey Kirk Ive been shooting 38-40 recently and tried your no lube suggestion on Win , RP, and Dominion and was surprised that I only had to lightly lube 1 in every 10, to FLS ,and none for the M die (HSS). That thin brass is good for reloading if you are careful, and you are right , certainly not a lube problem
I received my new RCBS 44-40 Sizing die.
Dropped a "fired" Winchester case into my old die. It protruded 3/4" above the die. Dropped the same case into the new die. It dropped in 1/4" farther.
Can now easily size all Winchester & R-P cases with whatever lube.
Mid body diametral dimensions are compatible with Specs.
The sized cases fit correctly into new Winchester barrel and two old barrels.
My old die was to small!!!! Manufacturing error or old standards?
March 21, 2006