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  • Question for all you reloaders. I am reloading .454 Casull pistol ammunition, I am NOT loading them hot at all; right at the rec

    Question for all you reloaders. I am reloading .454 Casull pistol ammunition, I am NOT loading them hot at all; right at the recommended weight. I am continually having "Crimp Creep" where after one round is fired the other bullets in the other cylinders are pulling the bullet from the brass causing the gun not to cycle rounds. I have tried a harder crimp, almost to the point of buckling the case, and I am still having this issue. I have lately switched to the Lee Factory Crimp Die and it somewhat works but I am still worrysome. Any tips or tricks to help me? Thanks alot!

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    How old is the brass you are re-loading with? If it has been reloaded too many times it could of lost some of its strength/gotten stretched a tiny bit. Only explanation I can think of ATM.

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    • #3
      dom, are you trying a roll or taper crimp? Is there a cannelure on the bullet you are shooting? Are you trimming the cases to all the same lengths, if they are not the same length the crimp won't be the same. Just some things off the top of my head that I have had to deal with over the years. Let us know what you find. Good luck.

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      • #4
        Jm and 25-06, all brass is brand new Starline brass not shot prior. I am using a rolled crimp and all cases are the same length as well as the final product bullets made are within specificed OAL. I have heard it's not uncommon with this round (googled it) to be doing this; just thought maybe some of you seasoned veterans would know a trick or two to stop it besides applying alot of crimp from a factory crimp die.

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        • #5
          Have you tried case crimping?

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          • #6
            Whoops...for some reason wasn't showing your last post...so nevermind my last post.

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            • #7
              What kind of bullet are you using.... lead or jacketed? I take it they are jacketed.
              Maybe there is lube on the bullets. You can tumble your bullets before you handload them to get rid of any factory lube they might use from swagging. I have done it with jacketed bullets. I'm not sure about lead bullets. Dry/clean your case neck area. Could be residue in that area that is making the bullet slip out.

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              • #8
                One other question for you Dom. Are you crimping in the cannelure? If not, you should be. As you know moderate reloads should not be backing the bullet out.

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                • #9
                  Yes, the crimp is absolutely right in the bullet's cannelure.As for bullets, it is jacketed .452" Hornady XTP 300Gr. Is it a possibility that the Lee Dies aren't putting as much crimp on the bullet as say another brand? Or is it my Lock-N-Load press isn't using enough pressure as say a rock chucker?

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                  • #10
                    I use the Lee crimp dies on seveal rifles I reload for and have never had an issue. Mine have an easily visible crimp. I honestly think you need to telephone or e-mail Lee for information to help out.

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                    • #11
                      BTW my Lee crimp die is just for crimping.

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                      • #12
                        DSM, you brought up an interesting point, when I spoke to Lee, they recommended the Factory Crimp Die. When I do use this die, it seems the ratio of crimps that get blown is alot smaller. Is it a possibility that my crimp die also seats the bullet as well and that possibly I need to do those stages seperate? Maybe the seating stage takes away from the crimping stage?

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                        • #13
                          I believe you would have a better result by doing it separately. You can set the die to crimp separately after seating the bullet. I like their factory crimp dies because I get a good result just like out of the factory. I've never liked the crimp done by my regular dies.

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                          • #14
                            Is all your brass the same length? If not, when you set up the crimp, you won't have the same amount of crimp, shorter brass =less crimp. Longer brass =more crimp. I know, it's pistol brass and no one sizes pistol brass. Won't hurt to check the case lengths and reload some that are +/- 0.001 - 0.003" og each other.

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