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Darn, the FCD made em' too short.

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by ChefJeff1, Dec 5, 2010.

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  1. ChefJeff1

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    So I was loading up some 357 magswith hornady 158 grain xtp using my lyman manual for data. All cases trimmed perfectly. I started with the beginning charge of h110 and loaded 10 of each up to the max of 17 grains. I seated them just right measuring them. Then I screwed in the Lee crimp/post size die and crimped them all with a medium firm crimp, about 3/4 turn of the knob. Lee says 1/2 to 1 turn should do it. This die is for the 38 special but that shouldn't matter.

    Anyway, I decided to measure the second to last cartridge and wow, way too short. It went from 1.590 to 1.575. I think that's way too short to shoot safely considering a magnum powder and a load oerking to the top. I"m going to put them in the DUD bin for when I get a bullet puller. Better safe than sorry.

    So, I guess I should just add .015 to the seating length before using the lee crimper.

    The bullets are still crimped in the groove, just the very top of it, not in the middle.

    I don't think crimping with the seating die alters the oal that much, does it?

    Well, back to it, Jeff
     
  2. ironhead7544

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    As long as its crimped in the groove there should be no problem. The Lee Factory Crimp die shouldnt seat the bullet deeper. It has a sliding bushing that doesnt touch the bullet. Or its not supposed to touch it. I would try loading another cartridge and check for this problem. Could be something wrong with the die. I use the FCD on all my pistol loads and never had this problem.
     
  3. 243winxb

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    In the crimp groove is ok. The starting load using Hodgdon website would be 15 gr. But 3% less from a max. of 16.7gr is 16.2gr. for a starting load. COL 1.580" A change of .015" in COL on crimping* is too much.
     
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    The Lee FCD has no bullet seating function, so it can't seat the bullet deeper.

    It could be you were seating them too long to start with, and the FCD crimp is pulling them deeper into the case by the bottom edge of the bullet cannulure.

    But regardless of all that, if they are crimped in the cannulure, they are the right length.
    .015" isn't going to matter a tall.

    rc
     
  5. 243winxb

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    If the die is screwed in to far, it might. You need .135" more between the shell plate and FCD, i guess? :confused: The difference between 38 & 357
     
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  6. ChefJeff1

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    Lee lists the same item for the 38 and 357. The instructions with my dies don't say anything about adjusting the crimper. They say to unscrew 2 turns the expander and seater.

    i think I'll just seat all the bullets and then go back and crimp them with the seater die.

    This thing frustrates me.
     
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    Thanks for your help 243. Those instructions are different slightly than mine. Yours say to insert and empty shell to adjust the die. Mine say to insert a loaded round into the die to adjust.

    I like the FCD for my rifle better, you can see it happening.
     
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    Wouldn't the FCD set the same with a loaded round or empty case?
     
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    Put the caliper away, you don't need it in the least to reload revolver cartridges. If the bullet doesn't protrude beyond the cylinder face you are good to go with a revolver. Measuring and worrying about a 1/100th of an inchi IN OAL is pointless. You need enough crimp to prevent the bullet from walking out of the case under recoil and with H110 and W296, enough criimp to hold the bullet in place long enough for pressure to build properly.
     
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    Only Lee knows, what i posted is from there link.
     
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    I thought the OP was worried about the bullet being seated too deeply, and that would be an issue, I'd guess, especially with H110 near max loads. But if they're crimped in the cannelure I don't see how the length would be that short.......
     
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    he is only .005" deeper compared to the Hodgdon website length of 1.580" with that hornady bullet
     
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    you most likely have the FCD die body seated too deep. Back it off, back the crimp stem out, and start the adjustment over.

    I use this die all the time to test for the effect of different performance on different amounts of crimp for a given load, and I have found that when the body is set too deep, it can affect LOA--at least, affect it as much as brass length does.

    OTOH, what others have pointed out about being in the crimp groove is correct. So, LOA changes are kind of irrlevant, I suppose.

    Jim H.
     
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    When you roll crimp, the act of rolling the case mouth into the crimp groove will pull the bullet deeper into the case. What you see is normal. You may want to back off the crimp a bit, though.

    .015" does not mean anything in the .357 Mag.
     
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    "wow, way too short. It went from 1.590 to 1.575. I think that's way too short to shoot safely"

    Not really.
     
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    I dont see how the FCD can even push the bullet in unless you have the wrong one. Unless the way the FCD is different from the .223 one the only way it could make the length shorter would be to crush the case. The bullet is never touched.
     
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    The action of the crimper sleeve rolling the case mouth into the cannelure causes the case mouth to pull the bullet down into the case.
     
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    Unwarranted paranoia.
     
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