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Old Today, 09:11 AM   #1
Join Date: February 1, 2012
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Bevel Base vs Flat Base

I reload bevel base 9's an am looking to purchase some bullets that have a flat base. The ones that I'm looking at are sold as flat base only. I appreciate the ease of positioning with the bevel base. I know that bullet positioning is a rather simple task, but can the flat base bullets be problematic when dropping down into the case?
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Old Today, 09:13 AM   #2
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Could be. May have to adjust your flare a tad just to make sure they get started right, but that's the only problem I could see.
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Old Today, 11:03 AM   #3
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Never had trouble myself with pistol bullets. Now, 224" .223 rds, that's a completely different story.
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Old Today, 11:21 AM   #4
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Lots and lots of reloaders load lots and lots of flat based bullets, so it can't be too big of a pita. You mentioned the bullet "dropping down into the case", as if from a bullet feeder? If so, I have no experience there, but for hand placing the bullet, like jwrowland said, you may need a little more flare than you have been using with boattail bullets. I flare my 9mm cases just until I can easily place a bullet straight in the case mouth and then set my combo seating/taper die so it "tapers" just enough to smooth out the flare.
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Old Today, 12:14 PM   #5
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I've been loading concave base bullets for my 9mm for a couple years. Both jacketed and the coated cast variety. No problems to speak of.

I load some XTP's too. They have a flat base and a really square edge. Again, they load just fine. Sure, a bevel base might make the task just the tiniest bit more convenient, but not nearly enough to stress about.
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