For Joel Black - Mannlicher-Schoenauer
I'm still stumped with reloads for my 6.5x54 Mannlicher-Schoenauer rifle. I was wondering if you could measure the after-resizing cartridge dimension, measuring the case outside diameter at the widest point forward of the web, of your brass after sizing with your RCBS dies. The Redding folks told me their sizing die is made to minimim SAAMI specs; my new Norma brand brass measures .444" at the widest point just ahead of the extraction groove and tapers down from there; it feeds perfectly. This brass resized after firing, in the Redding die, measures .450" at the widest point, and a new C-H die I got today brings that dimension to .449". Neither resized case will feed, binding hard between the left side action rail and the case controller on the right. Redding seemed to think the problem is my rifle. They don't have a small-base resizing die, talked of making one up "special" (sounds expensive). If your RCBS die after-sizing dimension is OK for my rifle, and it appears I need to restore to unfired size or very close to it, I'll just order from them. Or if anyone has any other ideas, maybe I'm barking up the wrong tree, wouldn't be the first time in my life.