gamestalker wrote:Mine aren't quite that old, but I also have a three die set. Here's some things to look for:Anyone have old RCBS reloading dies? I'm talking about stuff made in the early 1960s, like 1961 to be exact. I bought a 3 die set of .357 mag. dies, actually 38 spcl, but they are also OK for .357 according to the insert paper work still in the case. Anyway, my problem is I've never used the old dies that resize on a different die as depriming occures. I lubed the cases as is required with the old steel dies and the resize dies seems as thoug it is too small for the cases? I've never had this happen with any resize die before. Any suggestions?
When depriming, you may have to unlock that center pin that has the priming punch on it and back it off along with the main die to get a .357 casing to fit. That center pin, with the depriming pin, just screws into the center of the die.
Check to see if you have the correct shellholder for the .357/38. My equipment was passed on down from my dad. He was using a 'universal' shellholder to hold the cases. This shell holder wasn't holding the cases at the right spot and I was having a very tough time getting the cases lined up to go into the sizing die. RCBS has a specific shellholder that will position the case just right to go into the die.
Finally, when you adjust the sizing die for a longer casing, make sure you are unscrewing the die, making the die sit 'higher' and NOT lower in the press. I had this problem starting out as I figured that with a longer case the die should set lower in the press. The farther down I seated the press, the more problems I had. I finally figured out that ANYTIME you are setting a die in the press to fit a casing, make sure you adjust using an empty (and unprimed) case to keep your adjustment going the right way.
Hope this helps!