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Reloading Die Question?

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Ok guys, I read thru a lot of the threads on this but could not find the answer to my question, might be dumb but here go's.

My 30:06 rcbs X die is set now for my m1. I have been setting the shoulders back about .003.to .005 and have had no problems with feeding and case head separation. Now for the question!!!

I just got my hands on a real nice 1903 Rock Island that was a rebuild in 1942 with a Springfield barrel in great shape. It must have been put away after that. I got it for a good price and want to compete in the CMP Vintage Rife Matches. Now I've been loading for bolt guns for a while so the question is, the brass set for the M1 will feed without any problems in the 03, should I continue to use this setting on the M1 die with the 03?

Now I understand the advantages of setting only the necks on the bolt guns thus saving the brass. I just don't want to invest in a new die only for the 03. I know this seems silly but in my area and can shoot three time a month at matches and I hate to reset the dies each time....

Lets hear from you !!

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Since, the rounds fit in the M1, 03, and Wilson case gauge, you are within spec. That leaves open the question how much load development do you want to do? You have different primers to work thru, different loads, different powders, different brass, different OAL's, and the list goes on and on. How does the setback from a new,fired round compare with that of your M1..If they are the same, no problem-even if they are within a couple thousands, you are still good to go. Your loads for the 03, being a bolt gun, can be hotter than those for the M1 but do not go hog wild. Stay within limits of the reloading manuals for the components you are using(remember to cut back to square one when you change ANY component). Good luck with your CMP match.
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