Reloading .30 Rem for an old Remington Model 8 Autoloader - NS OK?

  • Last Post 05 March 2019
Tom-in-Pittsburgh posted this 03 March 2019

Am getting ready to start reloading for an old Remington Model 8 autoloader. Anyone out there reloading/shooting one of these?

I would just like to know if I can get away with neck-sizing between loads, or do I need to FL size each time?



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BigMan54 posted this 03 March 2019

I would imagine just Partial Sizing your first fired cases would tell you if a neck sizing die would be worth while.

I P-L size or N-S every bottleneck case I load for. 

Except Brass from military auto-loaders. That Brass is Full-length sized in a std sizing die. 

I only use Military brass in Military-style auto-loading Rifles.

And Commercial brass in Bolt, Lever & Single Shot Rifles.

Partial Sizing is pretty easy, in fact Redding sells a set of 3 spacer "washers" for .38/.357 , .44M/.44S and what they call a spacer for " no crimp/ partial sizing. Works very well for me. 

In fact the P-S brass for my .30-30 fits in a Win 94, Marlin 336CB & H&R.

I even use Lyman 310 Neck Sizer die in a 7/8x14 conversion bushing to N-S .270Win, .300Sav & .30-06.

So try that Partial Sizing first.

Just my thoughts.



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RicinYakima posted this 03 March 2019

For my .25 Remington, I must resize for full powder loads. I can partial resize with cast bullet loads that don't work the action. FWIW

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JeffinNZ posted this 04 March 2019

Love hearing about people working with old rifles. Awesome.

Cheers from New Zealand

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M3 Mitch posted this 04 March 2019

I have one in .35 Remington, I think I got away with neck sizing or partial sizing cast bullet loads.  It's been a while - too long really - since I got this gat out and shot it.

"Conventional Wisdom" is that for autoloaders, you need to full length size, and some of the more finicky ones you need to use a small base die.  


FWIW, in .35 Remington it's easy to come up with CB loads that work the action just fine.

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Sendaro posted this 05 March 2019

Whenever dealing with loading ammo for an auto loaded FULL LENGTH SIZE.Unless you plan to single load or like clearing jams.


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Tom-in-Pittsburgh posted this 05 March 2019

Thanks for all of the input - much appreciated. Looks as if I have plenty of experimenting to do!

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