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efelien
July 18, 2013, 12:34 PM
Hello,
I'm having a problem seating Zero JHP bullets without damaging the soft nose. My dies are Lyman All-American (38/357) with seating screw #429. When I called Lyman, I was initially told that they would send me the correct seating screw for soft nose bullets (#93L?), but after six weeks, I was told that they no longer make these, and that I have to try elsewhere. Seems like Lyman doesn't care much about customer service. What suggestions might you have? Maybe grind the end of the #429 to change the shape?

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rcmodel
July 18, 2013, 01:03 PM
I have used JB Weld in the past to fill a seating stem and custom mold it to a different bullet shape.

Apply the JB Weld to the stem, put it back in the die, then run a case & bullet up in the soft JB Weld and leave it set until it cures.

Just be sure and use plenty of wax or release agent on the bullet so you don't glue it to the stem.

rc

ReloaderFred
July 18, 2013, 01:03 PM
Lyman can't send you what they don't have. Just sayin'...........

As for fixing your problem, you can modify the seater stem yourself. You can either open it up, if that's what's causing the marking, or use hot glue and make it fit the bullet shape. If you do a search, you'll find many suggestions on how this is done.

Hope this helps.

Fred

Otto
July 18, 2013, 01:32 PM
Lyman can't send you what they don't have. Just sayin'...........
But Lyman could mill him a new seater plug specifically for the bullet.....like RCBS does.

7mmb
July 18, 2013, 01:44 PM
Send three bullets to RCBS and they will make you a custom seater stem. I've had them make me three so far and they work great. You may want to pick up some of their dies too...

788Ham
July 18, 2013, 02:39 PM
... Or as I've done : I was trying to load some Hornady A-Max bullets, the tips were getting bent, using the existing bullet seat . I took a small drill bit, drilled into the center of the seat, just enough to clear some material. Then I took a tiny bit larger bit, drilled into the smaller hole I'd made, took care of the problem. Now I can use any style bullet with this same bullet seat.

ranger335v
July 18, 2013, 03:18 PM
Lyman can't send you what they don't have. Just sayin'...........

"But Lyman could mill him a new seater plug specifically for the bullet.....like RCBS does."

Yeah, they could, if we would pay for it. RCBS' costs are factored into the original price because it can't be "free"; we pay for it up front if we ever use the "free stuff" or not. In 47 years of reloading I've needed two decap stems (I bent 'em), four decap pins and one ram shellholder retaining spring. I have some RCBS stuff but I've saved a lot of money by not buying much of it!

Since reloading demands modest basic mechanical skills most of us should be able to do simple things like modifing seater plugs with a drill bit or epoxy putty for ourselves, it's not rocket science.

Hondo 60
July 18, 2013, 03:50 PM
I have a set of dies that did the same thing.
I contacted the mfg & they sent a hand polished seating die stem.
It doesn't seat by the nose, but rather on the ogive of the bullet.

witchhunter
July 18, 2013, 11:16 PM
Grind or file the seater to fit. I am having a huge issue with Lyman customer service right now as well. I will post a thread on it after it is over. RCBS customer service is tops, even these days.

Clippers
July 19, 2013, 01:06 AM
I came across this problem a while back and the way I fixed it was to seat, then crimp, separately. It was a pain, but I reloaded all of them and never bought them again. Lesson learned. If it was a bullet I was making myself, I would definitely get a seating plug designed for it.

david bachelder
July 19, 2013, 09:15 AM
"I was initially told that they would send me the correct seating screw for soft nose bullets (#93L?),"

Lyman or anyone else for that matter shouldn't offer something they cant deliver. Bad business and people tend to shy away from companies that do so.

fguffey
July 19, 2013, 10:19 AM
http://www.ch4d.com/



When it comes to resourse it is better to call C&H4D, I have a few sets of the Lyman dies in the black boxes, nothing missing or broke, but if I did and if there was something that was:confused:, I would contact



http://www.ch4d.com/



F. Guffey

efelien
July 19, 2013, 11:22 AM
You absolutely ROCK! I called them, and three minutes later I've got a new seater stem on the way. Thanks loads!

gamestalker
July 19, 2013, 08:03 PM
I like RC's solution.

GS

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