Reloading Tip: The Truth About Shell Holders


Reloading Tip: The Truth About Shell Holders

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Sometimes a short video is all you need, and this 2-minute one from Brownells will probably help many reloaders. With more people becoming reloaders as ammo becomes more precious, this advice can help.

Most sizing/resizing dies include instructions related to the shell holder; screw down the die until it touches the shell holder, then back off a little, etc. But sometimes your shell holder may fully contact the sizing die but you still aren’t getting complete sizing of your brass. What’s the problem?

It could be as simple as your shell holder. Different companies make them to different specs (thicker, thinner, etc). I have encountered this before, because when I first started reloading I bought a set of Lyman shell holders instead of buying them one at a time… but most of my dies at that time were RCBS die sets I’d picked up second-hand. Sometimes they’re compatible, sometimes not so much.

This is one reason I love Lee dies. Every Lee die set comes with a shell holder. Lee dies work well, cost less, and include more stuff. Nothing wrong with that!

Bottom line: If your shell holder is the same brand as the sizing die you’re using, you should be in good shape.

Anyhow, check out the video and happy reloading.

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Editor & Contributing Writer Russ Chastain is a lifelong hunter and shooter who has spent his life learning about hunting, shooting, guns, ammunition, gunsmithing, reloading, and bullet casting. He started toting his own gun in the woods at age nine and he's pursued deer with rifles since 1982, so his hunting knowledge has been growing for more than three and a half decades. His desire and ability to share this knowledge with others has also grown, and Russ has been professionally writing and editing original hunting & shooting content since 1998. Russ Chastain has a passion for sharing accurate, honest, interesting hunting & shooting knowledge and stories with people of all skill levels.

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