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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-15-2016, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
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Reloading issue

Well I started reloading for my .38 and already have an issue. I am using jacketed HP rounds in Winchester brass. For some reason the completed rounds will not chamber in the revolvers cylinders. It appears that the seated bullet expands the brass so much that the completed round will not chamber. This is driving me nuts because the bullets should not need to be sized as they are copper clad HPs. If they were cast lead I could understand the need to run them through a sizing die but I just don't get the need to resize bullets that are copper clad. Any suggestions will be appreciated. Would the use of nickled brass be the cause?

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-15-2016, 05:50 PM
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Re: Reloading issue

You are crimping too early, move the die up a little, maybe 1/4-1/2 turn, then reset the seater.

Also make sure all your brass is trimmed to the same length. Different lengths will affect when the crimper engages.

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Re: Reloading issue

Getting the die set correctly may be more of an art than an exact science but this is how I do it.

Loosen the die upwards just a bit so there is no chance of crimping. Unscrew the seater plug so you will definitely not seat the bullet all the way. Raise a trimmed and flared case and put a bullet on the top to enter the die.

Raise the case into the die seating the bullet somewhat, lower it to see where it is seated, repeatedly and gradually adjust the seater down until you get the bullet seated to the point where the crimp will be in the cannelure. Good idea to load up about 5 of these this way so you have more than 1 to test/set the desired amount of crimp.

Now raise the seater plug up completely out of the way. Raise the bullet up into the die and turn the die down until the crimper firmly contacts the case. Lower the bullet, turn the die down about another 1/4-1/2 turn so the next time it will crimp. Using a few of the above bullets might play with the amount a couple times until you get the amount of crimp you want. When you do, lock the die and retest once to confirm nothing moved.

Now with the crimped bullet raised up in the die lower the seater plug until it contacts the bullet, lock the seater plug. Next time the bullet will go to the right place and the crimp will happen when it gets there.

If you crimp too early then the bullet seater will bulge the case as it forces the crimped bullet down. Or if the case is too long it will engage the crimper before it should.

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Thanks to everyone!

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Re: Reloading issue

I the same problem I started seating the bullet and used a lee crimping die for the crimp, an extra step but problem solved.

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