Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Fishingted, Dec 26, 2020.
I check my guns now and then to make sure they won't fire out of battery, but not every time I use them. I figure it's making my ammo a little safer and more reliable, so I think it's worth the trouble for me.
I don't think i would run a loaded cartridge through it though. I'm sure the odds are low that it could set off the primer, but stuff happens.
^^^^^I agree. I use the bulge buster as needed for range brass I buy or pick up, but never ever ever would I put a loaded round nor primed case through it. The push pin is essentially pushing on the primer and if you’re having to exert considerable force....
The problem here is one caused by a correctly operating firearm (a Glock in this case—pun intended). So, addressing the process that causes the problem would mean what exactly? Not using cases previously fired through a Glock?
Good idea. I now see how good Lee’s marketing is...I bought a tool I essentially already had. But I have the red plastic catcher now.
And of course the factory crimp die is a safe way of bulge busting a loaded round. (Actually, now that I think about it, I’m not positive it gets low enough on the case.)
I only use the Lee Bulge Buster on loaded .40 S&W ammo. I don't want to case check every sized case before reloading and then case check the loaded round again. Even the Lee manual indicates that you can bust bulges on cases or loaded rounds. It's less risky than seating a primer.
From the Lee manual:
Now slide a resized or loaded case onto the base of the push pin ( case mouth up ) and raise the ram to push the case completely through the die. The cases will accumulate in the catch container.
Using a case lube like One Shot or WD-40 dry lube makes bulge busting a lot easier.
Well a thousand pardons if that’s the case (pun unintended). I’ll check my manual too but aren’t we talking about potentially pushing the primer of one loaded cartridge with the tip of the bullet of the following cartridge? I don’t care what any manual says....I’m not doing that. Or is each one loaded and pushed through separately? I’ve never done other than empty cases so I don’t know.
I would never bulge bust a loaded cartridge. This is an almost sure way to swage down the bullet (loss of accuracy and could lead to keyholing) and loss of bullet tension.
Of course, I would never use the Lee FCD for crimping without first removing that carbide ring that swages down my lead bullets.
A little case lube can make bulge busting a lot easier.
Bulge busting should be done, if it is done at all, on all empty cases after you have inspected them and discarded any with visible bulges. To me, a visible bulge means the case has been permanently weakened.
Can’t find it in my manual...can you point me to it?
Got it but I shoot 45acp, pick up and buy others’ range brass so I bulge bust—that’s my fix.
See post #10. I copied and pasted the text from the PDF form of the manual.
Only the weight of the rounds above the round getting its bulge removed is involved in possibly pressing on the primer. I can't imagine how this could be a problem.
Lee also says you can use a "loaded case" in their setup video on Youtube.
I do toss any .40s that have more than a minimal bulge. I'm just busting those rounds that don't pass the case gauge. They always pass the case gauge after I run them through the bulge buster. I've used the Lee FCD since I started reloading in 2011. To me, shooting USPSA, being absolutely sure that a round will chamber is more important than highly accurate ammo. To each, his own.
Step 5 from the original bulge buster kit instructions. https://leeprecision.com/instructions.html
Edit: Sorry for the redundant post, didn't see the one above
. I’ve stopped hyperventilating.
I was conflating the bulge buster (which I use only occasionally) and bullet sizer (which I used just a couple days ago). They are remarkably similar if you’re acting stupidly.
9mm isn't straight wall, so it doesn't quite work the same. Definitely shouldn't try to use a 9mm factory crimp die, but iirc some folks use the 9mm makarov crimp die with success
Yes I saw the text but can’t find it in the manual. It’s all good.
Right thanks was confusing with Lee’s bullet sizer push.
No, I size all my 9MM brass, then check it all with a Wilson Case Gauge. If they won't fall in and out of it from their own weight, I scrap them. I get about 10% to 15% failures for range brass. After that, I only get the odd one now and again from my reloads. Some of the cases fail demonstrably (9MM Major cases maybe?), and some barely fail, go in but won't fall out, but I scrap them all.
Which results in this.....
How far the sizer sizes cases.
A failed case, some fail worse (Demonstrably) I also
scrap the ones that go in, but won't fall out on their own.
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