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Trouble with fail to go to battery

I have been reloading for 5 years. I load 9mm, 380 and 45ACP with a lee pro 1000 and lee dies. The guns are 1911's(sig & sti) and Taurus slim and sig lady. I have am having a fair amount of fail to go to battery. They don't hang up going into the chamber, just don't go the whole way. I have tried all different amounts of crimp and bullet seating depths and it doesn't seem to matter. I am considering upgrading my press to a Hornady LNL progressive. I don't want to spend the money if a new press isn't going to help. Any thoughts about how likely the press is the problem?
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I would look at the amount of crimp you are putting on the rounds. You maybe putting to much. Are you loading jacketed or cast bullets? Many have trouble when they start loading cast bullets; they need a little more flare on the case mouth. If not you will shave lead and this will cause feed problems. Unless your ram, shell holder and die are not in alignment. Which is very unlikely, your problem is something other than the press or dies.
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Most of the loads are using cast bullets. I'll have to try more flare. Thanks.
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It is not your press.

It is as hornady said your crimp or a sizing die adjustment.

BTW It could be too much bell and the crimp station is not smoothing the belled area out.
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Are you using a regular crimp die or a taper crimp die?
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I am using the lee seat/crimp die . It does a tapper or roll crimp depending on how low the die is set into the press.
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It is not your press.

It is as hornady said your crimp or a sizing die adjustment.

BTW It could be too much bell and the crimp station is not smoothing the belled area out.

How do I know if it is too much?
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If the bell is too deep and the crimp die is not pushing the belled area back far enough you will feel a slight bump at the belled area. If you have a caliper you could measure it. The overall diameter of the case should be the same from the rim to the crimp. If its wider just below the crimp then you need to adjust the crimp die down a little.

I would take a round that did not chamber, adjust the crimp die down and put the round back into the die. If it chambers with the deeper crimp that is probably your problem.
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