Originally Posted by Doc_Jon
well...its his reloading equipment and his money, if he wants to beat it up then that's his prerogative.
i guess if i was able to pick up a set of used dies real cheap that i was willing to throw away if they became too out of spec and, could save my expensive dies for the brass stuff, i would give it a try just to see
actually might not be such a bad idea to give that a try, think i will start watching the auction sites for used 7.62x39 dies...if everything does collapse, there is an awful lot of steel cased stuff out there, might as well see what it takes to make the best use out of it. Reloaded steel cases and an out of spec reloader are much better to have than a new reloader and no cases to run through it.
I am not reversing my statement that it its a bad practice for your reloading equipment, but after a night to sleep on things i can see where it would be useful if the circumstances were right.
yeah that hard part with reloading steel is the fact that most of the 7.62 x 39mm is berdan primed, you can either convert or buy the them off Graf & sons, some people say that the wear on your dies is a myth because the steel is rather soft, and the steel doesn't expand too much after being shot so it doesn't need to be resized/trimmed as much, the most i would reload the steel cases is 2-3 times, they start to split after, also reloading steel .223 and pistol cartridges has it's advantages because some of those rounds are boxer primed which is nice and you can get pretty good accuracy out of it, also it may be helpful for some mini 30 owners..just talked to him earlier and he has done 3000 rounds on his dies, no sign of serious wear..some people suggest using carbide dies