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Is there anything odd with this test reload I did?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by gfanikf, Nov 5, 2012.

  1. gfanikf

    gfanikf Well-Known Member

    It has no powder in it, but otherwise it's the real deal. It's for 30-06 using a 150 FMJ HPBT bullet from Hornady.

    Now I just can't shake the fact that something just looks off, all the measurements are within spec. I don't have any factory rounds to compare it to, but the way it's seat is just looking odd to me. I just the touch the shell and lock it in place.

    I used the crimp die from Lee too, but for the hell of me I have no clue if it did anything at all.

    This is pretty much the last roadblock to cross before I can start up full scale reloading...well and a tumbling question, but that's for another thread.

  2. 7075-T7

    7075-T7 Well-Known Member

    The bullet does look to be seated deeper than I would think for a 150gr. But, you mentioned that all the measurements were in spec, so I assume you checked the OAL. :confused:
  3. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    That's the shortest looking 150 grain 30-06 cartridge I've ever seen.
  4. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    That bullet is seated too deep into the case. The bullet should not be seated below the point where the bullet starts it's taper, that bullet is.

    You said "everything is within specs" so I'm guessing your sating you are following the OAL listed in a manual. Well, unless you are using the same exact bullet they use in their recipe the OAL is useless to you. That bullet is too deep and under certain circumstances can be dangerous. (if the bullet sets back)
  5. TFL

    TFL Active Member

    Two ?
    Did you remove the primer crimp ?
    Did you trim the case to 2.484"
  6. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    If it has no powder in it why does it have a live primer in it? DO NOT DO THAT!
  7. gfanikf

    gfanikf Well-Known Member

    The primer had a scratch on it after seating it.I had no intention of ever using it.

    Primer crimp was removed before.

    Some of the cases were already less than 2.484.

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  8. gfanikf

    gfanikf Well-Known Member

    The data I was using was the one listed in the info with the lee dies. I didn't get a chance to check the OAL with my hornady book yet.

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  9. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    It doesn't matter what your intentions were. If that round gets mixed up with live rounds there's no way to tell if its got powder in it save weighing it.
    When making dummy rounds, use a fired primer or better yet, no primer at all.
    That's an accident waiting to happen. Pull that thing now.
  10. Rogue35

    Rogue35 Member

    If it has no powder in it then pull the bullet as soon as possible. You don't want that round accidentally getting mixed in with any other live rounds.
  11. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    Right there is your problem. Like I said above, any listed OAL is useless unless the recipe uses the same EXACT bullet you are using.

    I also agree any dummy round should not have a live primer installed.
  12. gfanikf

    gfanikf Well-Known Member

    I dont have a bullet puller. It was kept in a separate bag and I marked it up later with a marker to make it obvious not to use.

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  13. JohnM

    JohnM Well-Known Member

    Now is a good time to get a puller then. You'll end up wanting one eventually anyway. :)
  14. USSR

    USSR Well-Known Member


    Assuming you have a set of calipers (which you should), from the point in which your bullet starts to go from being full width (.308") to start being the boattail, measure up (towards the bullet tip) .250" to .300" and mark the bullet there. If you don't have a set of calipers, use a ruler and measure 1/4 inch up. Then seat your bullet so that it stops there and you will be fine.

  15. gfanikf

    gfanikf Well-Known Member

    I keep meaning to but I always forget.

    More on point how does one fix or test seating depth?

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  16. gfanikf

    gfanikf Well-Known Member


    Bullet Seating just seems like this bizarrely under described part for something so important in my books I have.

    I should see what the ABC book has on it.

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    Last edited: Nov 5, 2012
  17. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    What OAL is your first test round? Don't all current Hornady 150gr .308 boat tails have a big cannelure in them?
  18. homatok

    homatok Well-Known Member

    No puller??? Just take the die out of your press, run the cartridge up until the bullet is sticking out above the press-top, grab the bullet with a pair of pliers, vice grips etc. and lower the ram----bullet out!
  19. Kyle M.

    Kyle M. Well-Known Member

    I did this once I recieved 150 reloads with a model 94 in 7-30 waters I purchased several years back. Being an unknown load by an unknown someone I pulled the bullets with vice grips, threw out the powder, and loaded them myself.
  20. Chawbaccer

    Chawbaccer Well-Known Member

    If the bullet has a canalure, it should be at the case mouth. Also you need to chamfer the case mouth, looks like a big burr on the outside.

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