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Just bought a 30-30 barrel and looking for a die set. For bottle neck cases I usually buy a Redding Deluxe Set that comes with the neck sizing die since this is cheaper than buying seperate. Having trouble finding one in stock somewhere and am trying to decide what to do.

Do most of you folks neck size only, full length size or just bump the shoulder back with the full length die with the 30-30. I know it all depends on which method gives you the best fit for your gun, but what are most of you doing that gives that correct fit with your gun. I would think with a rimmed case you would not want to neck size only, but some manuals say to for a 30-30 contender so it headspaces on the neck and I neck size only my 22 hornet with good luck.

Thanks for the input all.

Darrell
 

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when I had a 30-30 barrel I would FL size the brass for the first reload then I would use a redding 30 cal neck sizer the rest of the time I never had any troubles with doing this way
 

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My 30-30 barrel is the most accurate barrel I own. I have just been partially full length sizing for this one since day one. I have my FL die backed off maybe .050 to .100". I don't load it with max charges so this probably helps in limiting how much the cases grow. I've never had any misfire problems doing this.

The only "problem" I've had with loading the 30-30 is shoulder dents. That long sloping shoulder seems to collect case lube for some reason. I have to make sure to clean out the die after each loading session and to limit how much lube gets on the neck / shoulder. Of course these dents are just cosmetic and go away after the next firing.

Good luck ... Crayfish
 
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