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    no primers....when you do get it out...inspect the neck area of the chamber closely. Polish it if you find any rough spots...try not to remove metal...just polish. It could be that the thinned case got hung up on a rough spot when you were extracting it. A strong case wouldn't hang up...but when they weaken...its easy to tear the neck free.

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    Thanks , i was trying to shoot up a bunch of rounds, that i couldn't remember which rifle i made them for. Have 4 Enfield s
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    Was this the "new" one...Heins 57? If so...it might be really worth looking at that chamber closely. I know I had to polish my MN. Its dated 1895. The bore is pretty good...but the chamber was a little "gritty" You could feel it when extracting. I used some scotchbright and polishing compound on a split stick in my drill....it worked wonders.

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    If a 303 has a bit of excess headspace and your brass has been reloaded a few times this can happen. The beauty of the Enfield is they made different bolt head sizes so as to "adjust" headspace. If I remember correctly they are marked 0 through 4 . The tightest chambered 303 I have is a matching 5 digit serial ERA Patt'14. And brother can it shoot straight . My matching 1911 SMLE is also a close second and it's a tack driver too. The '42 No 4 longbranch I gave my son is matching but FTR'd and it is as well a great shooter.
    As well a 42 date Lithgow SMLE that was rebarreled in '54 is one great shooter I gave my son as well. In 3 = decades of reloading I have found 303 brass does eventually fail faster than you would expect with milspec type loads. Telltale sign is usually the bright brass ring not far from rim . Anyhow you can usually use a surplus ruptured case extractor to with little modification to knock out case. Sometimes a lead 32 pistol bullet driven in from the muzzle will do it nicely.
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    Did you have success in getting this out? What were your findings?

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    I have a 22 Hornet case neck broke off inside my Hornet dies and so far have not figured how to get it out. The hole is so small in the die that there is not much room to work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by horseshoe View Post
    I have a 22 Hornet case neck broke off inside my Hornet dies and so far have not figured how to get it out. The hole is so small in the die that there is not much room to work.
    Yikes...that's tougher for sure...a die dimension is tighter than a chamber. Is it possible to get a narrow exacto in there and split the case neck...thus relieving tension? Brass is pretty soft compared to the exacto blade. Just be careful not to cut too deep to score the die. The barrel handle of the exacto might not fit inside the case body dimension though.

    It might be worth trying to run a tap inside the case neck and then try to pulling it out.

    [EDIT] - you might want to ask over in the gunsmithing forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by horseshoe View Post
    I have a 22 Hornet case neck broke off inside my Hornet dies and so far have not figured how to get it out. The hole is so small in the die that there is not much room to work.
    Never had this in hornet but once in 222. I soaked it with Kroil & PB and used some old brass bore brushes. Started with 243 but I think I was up to 30 or 32 before the brush dug in enough to push it out. Soon as it moved it came right out.
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