slight buldge 45acp


May 3, 2009, 08:38 PM
When reloading 45acp (winchester case, hornady 200gr fmj c/t), is it normal for you to be able to tell where the bullet is on the case (as in, the bullet stretches the case out a little, to where you can see how deep the bullet sits in the case). The round still stays within standards, chambers fine, and I have fired these, and not noticed any signs of overpressure rounds. I'm new to reloading, and I just want to make sure this is normal. I'm using rcbs dies, and it looks like what is happening is the case is resized tighter than factory, which is why u can see the bullet when seated.

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May 3, 2009, 08:41 PM
It's a normal thing, don't sweat it. :)

May 3, 2009, 08:42 PM
Yes, it is.

May 3, 2009, 09:41 PM
I like the bulge. Tells me I have a nice tight fit around the bullet.

May 4, 2009, 01:39 AM
You'll find that in .45 acp, Winchester cases are among the thickest, and will display the bulge you describe more than some other brands. It's perfectly normal and as long as the rounds chamber and fire, they are fine.

Federal brass will be the next thickest, with PMC right behind. Remington will be the thinnest, but is still fully reloadable, as evidenced by the approximately 5,000 rounds I have loaded right now.

Hope this helps.


May 4, 2009, 06:22 AM
Years ago Remington was even thinner, and sometimes I had neck tension problems with it. I'm still leary regarding Remington brass.

If bullets start getting shoved back in your cases, pressures probably will go much higher, with probable unpleasant results.

May 4, 2009, 07:00 AM
Situation you describe is not an unusual occurence in either WIN or FED brass. ReloaderFred brings up an interesting point about case wall thickness in different brass that explains why this occurs.

May 4, 2009, 08:52 AM

This is normal. I run the case through a Dillon case gauge and if it drops and extract with only the weight of the round, I accept it. If not, I remove my decapping pin, rerun the round in the sizer die, bullet seating and crimping die (the last 2 are simply to make sure the bullet did not extract while I pulled the round from the sizing die. At that point, I drop it again in the case gauge and usually it is good to go.

Thank you

May 4, 2009, 05:52 PM
Noticed this as well when I first started, only mine were not all chambering, picked up a Lee FCD, never looked back, best $15 I ever spent

May 4, 2009, 06:49 PM
Masher. :neener: :D

May 4, 2009, 08:50 PM
I see this on my factory ammo too. Don't worry about it.

May 4, 2009, 09:49 PM
As someone else mentioned it is a Very Good Thing. If you can see the base of the bullet through the brass, your round will never pull or suffer setback even with a light crimp. That's the proper way to hold a bullet, full length compression. Good job.

May 4, 2009, 10:44 PM
I used an undersized Lee die for .40 S&W and really got the hour-glass shape with it. The rounds functioned and shot fine, but I couldn't stand the look of them. It was probably more exaggerated than what you are describing.


May 4, 2009, 10:49 PM
You have a critically dangerous situation on your hands. Send all rounds that display this bulge to me for proper disposal. :neener:

May 4, 2009, 11:42 PM
kestak: I use the case gauge trick also. Let me point out that a Lee Factory Crimp Die will solve your No-Go loads, without taking your dies apart. I use the Lee FCD with all my 9mm+.45acp No-Go loads with great success.:D:)

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