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Hornaday .45 Seat/Crimp die not crimping!

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by 20nickels, Jul 21, 2007.

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  1. 20nickels

    20nickels Member

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    Hornaday .45 Seat/Crimp die not crimping. Okay, it is crimping some, but I need .4730 and I'm getting .477.
    With A properly sized and deprimed case I have adjusted the seating die from top to bottom (where it finally meets the shell plate with the lever down and the ram all the way up) and the most crimp I can get is an average of .477.
    I am new to this, but shouldn't there be various levels of crimp from No crimp, to Some crimp, to Too much Crimp as you adjust the die downward?
     
  2. Luggernut

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    I do use Hornady die to seat/crimp but I separate the steps. In a nut shell you need to set the die so it seats the bullet to the proper depth (no crimping yet) then back off the seating plunger quite a bit. Now you screw in the die till you get the right amount of crimp. Turn the die by hand until you feel it start touching the case... give it another 1/2 turn or so and see if you get enough crimp. If not screw in die more. Once you get the crimp set lock in the die, and screw in the seating plunger until it hits the bullet- then lock the seating plunger. It should work fine.
     
  3. 20nickels

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    Thanks Luggernut. Turns out I wasn't seating the lead quite deep enough. They are odd bullets, I guess that's why I got 'em so cheap.
     
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