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Lee sizer die leaves a "belt" at the bottom of my cases

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by XDandy, Aug 2, 2007.

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  1. XDandy

    XDandy Member

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    I just got my lee classic turret set up last weekend. I'm loading .40 S&W and have the lee carbide dies for it. The first die, the one that knocks out the primer and sizes the case, leaves a "belt ring" around the bottom of my cases. Is that normal or should something be adjusted.
     
  2. trueblue1776

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    if you are resizing Glock brass that is very obvious, though mine give a ring to some other brass too, it's just the sizer doing it's job.
     
  3. LotI

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    Mine leaves a visible area where the die stopped. If you pull the barrel from your gun(s) you can make sure they chamber.

    No problem.
     
  4. RugerBob

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    I have a single stage lee press and does the same thing on my 45LC brass. had no problems with it . cycles well in both handgun and lever action
     
  5. The Bushmaster

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    When you tumble them (you do have a tumbler don't you?) the ring may disapear. If not...Load'em...Shoot'em...
     
  6. Jim Watson

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    Can't be helped.
    A standard shellholder is .125" deep, no conventional die can touch that at all, and the die mouth is radiused so you can get the case started easily, so that much is not sized either. It is not really a belt, it is just the part of the case that is not, cannot be resized in a press. Hardly ever causes trouble unless you have one of those so-called "minimum match chambers" and try to use pickup brass in it.

    There are push through and roll size machines that will resize the whole case but they are kind of expensive specialist equipment and should not be necessary for standard loads in a standard gun. Easiest to use a cartridge gauge and demote those that fail to practice; they will usually still chamber although I will not use them for a match.
     
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