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I admit my reloading mistake and thank you Teach

kansashunterkansashunter Posts: 1,917 Senior Member
A few months ago I needed to load some 45 acp so I loaded a few but I couldn't find my case gauge but I had loaded these in the past and never changed the press so I thought I would be good to go. I could have chambered a few in my pistol but I was confident everything was still good. I loaded around 1000 rounds and then I remembered where I left my gauge so I check a few and they won't fit. The mouth is not crimped enough so I try to run them again with the bullet seater crimp die, that didn't work. I went through them all and sorted off the good ones and was preparing to pull the bullets but while Teach was here I showed him my reloading room and showed him my screwup and he told me to get a crimp die and I could probably fix them. Tonight I fixed them and it was a piece of cake. I learned several lessons over this deal especially do not assume dies stay set after use. Thanks Teach, this was a lot easier than pulling bullets.


  • Big Al1Big Al1 Posts: 8,818 Senior Member
    That guy is all over the place!! Never know where he'll show up next!
  • TeachTeach Posts: 18,428 Senior Member
    "I love it when a plan comes together!"- - - - -A taper crimp die is the best thing since a pocket on a shirt where straight-wall pistol cartridges are concerned! Glad to be able to help!
  • earlyearly Posts: 4,950 Senior Member
    I use a LFCD for 45cap and check the case mouths for proper dimension occasionally.

    I mistakingly loaded some Sierra semi jacketeted hp's to an coal a bit too long once. They have sort of a shoulder in shape. I found out it's better for a shoulder to be just above the mouth as opposed to seated out too far. They run but feed with hesitation. I marked them for my revolver and recorded the mistake in my notes. The learning part of this hobby is what I enjoy the most.
    My thoughts are generally clear. My typing, not so much.
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Posts: 8,155 Senior Member
    Excellent to hear that he helped and yes: the taper crimp is your buddy!

    Great job helping him out, Jerry!
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • Big ChiefBig Chief Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    Ditto on the Lee FCD.

    A Dummy Round from every batch is a good idy too to load and cycle through your pistol or very carefully chambering a round and dropping the mag and ejecting it. In a revolver like my 625 (or any FTM) open the cylinder and load a few making sure they don't protrude out the cylinder face and go in and out easily.

    Things happen, dies can get maladjusted, come loose/back off even after you have started loading. I see a problem I back off start my adjustments from scratch with that die and even re-read the setup instructions. :conehead:

    Great you were able to just run them through another die and correct the problem. Would have been a very long day and messy to try and pull a 1000 loaded rounds apart!
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  • bisleybisley Posts: 10,815 Senior Member
    I, too, have used the Lee factory crimp die to correct hand loading errors, although in my case, it was just a matter of trying a lot of different things to keep from discarding large quantities of ammo. I'm just not going to use the centrifugal 'hammer' any more than I have to - I hate that thing, and in doing so have improved the quality of my ammo. :tooth:
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