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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-07-2011, 01:29 AM Thread Starter
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Reloading problem


I am loading 357 mag. Have loaded hundreds of shells previously, with no problems. I opened a new bag of remington brass, went thru the whole process like always, but when i started to put the bullets in first 5 or so no problem then they started to buckle kept trying some would buckle bad some slightly and some not at all. My question is~~ could the brass be defective? Has anyone ever had brass that was defective? I checked everything (bullet, case) with a mic. and every thing measures right. If my photo came thru you can see the buckel,I noticed on the one on the right there is a line around it which you can feel.
I have another bag of new brass but they were both bought at the same time, so i'm a little shy at trying them.
any thoughts ? I even reset all my dies, thinking maybe that was the problem. I'm really leaning toward the brass being defective.
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-07-2011, 01:40 AM
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Re: Reloading problem

Did you resize even though it was new brass? Make sure your collars are tight and set on your die. Does that happen when you are seating the bullets? Looks like the brass is too long.

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Re: Reloading problem

Yes I did resize , trimmed ,all the same as before. Checked all the dies. and yes It does happen when seating the bullet.
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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-07-2011, 02:07 AM
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Re: Reloading problem

It could be too much crimp. Try backing off just a bit and see if that helps.

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Re: Reloading problem

Thanks, never thought of that. But if it is that, why does it not happen to all? But i will try and see if it helps.
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Re: Reloading problem

You're crimping too quick, before the bullet is seated to the cannelure. You can see the crimp and its shiny mark on the mouth but the bullet is not seated all the way so it is pushing the case down.

Probably doesn't happen to all because the bullet is probably slipping in even with the crimp on some.

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Re: Reloading problem

Wow I see what your saying! Makes sense. I will re-adjust the die tomorrow and see how that works. My die does both in one operation.
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Any thoughts on the slight grove around the brass? its about where the buckle happens.
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Re: Reloading problem

Zoom,
I use a flat washer on the shell holder when setting my seating die, unless I'm crimping. As far as the shiny ring on the brass, it looks like an old crimp, but it's new brass. Who knows what happened.

As PAjoe mentined about belling the cases first before seating.

I never seated as I was crimping, but it sounds like it can be done.

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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-07-2011, 11:13 AM
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Re: Reloading problem

You can crimp as a separate operation if you wish. What brand of dies do you have? I would also de-grease and lightly graphite the seating die. Have you been flaring your cases before putting in the bullet?
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