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I decided to take a break for an hour this morning and resize some .308 cases. Got the die set up and then lubed 50 cases before starting the resizing. Or so I thought. I must have missed one because the first case I tried to resize got stuck and part of the rim tore off. A couple years ago, after reading various recommendations to own a stuck case kit, I had bought one but never needed it before.

The one I have is made by RCBS and it worked just fine with my Redding die (probably would with any brand). But what a pain in the patootie. I had to retrieve a drill from the garage, remove the lock ring from the die, wrap it in leather and clamp it in a vise. Then drill, tap and screw the removal tool in to pry that bugger out of there. It wasted almost 15 minutes. Fortunately, the other 49 cases + 1 replacement all resized fine. That one might have too had it not been the first case through.
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Sounds like a real PIA.  Hope i never have to deal with one.

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Boy, thats the truth!
 
I get one stuck every now and again. I have the same RCBS "case unstucker" you have.
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They are a serious pain in the arse.  Made my own stuck case puller.  Since I started using Redding's Imperial Sizing Die Wax, no stuck cases.
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rcbs also has a "puller" that removes the ball stem. It includes a short steel rod that then inserts into the case. If you take the die out and let some Kroil or other penetrating oil set around the mouth of the die for 10-15 mins. the case will tap out (usually with a light hammer blow). Much faster and easier.
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Dale, that's good to know. That also makes me think that since I'm using a Redding Bushing die without the resizing ball it's so easy to remove the decapping stem that I could just have left the die in the press and tapped a 1/4" solid brass rod down into the case to push it out. Well, hopefully it will never happen again (first time in over 4 years) but never say never.

SD Dog, I also like Imperial. A little goes a long way and it works well. I just have to make sure I don't skip any cases again!
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that is a pia, 15 years or so ago my dad made his own with stuff he had laying around his shop, i built one just like it and it works pretty well, i use a drill and a tap and die set and a bolt with a bunch of washers. its a crude looking setup but it works.
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