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  1. Glad it worked out, though I believe it's the added OAL that made the difference, not the added bell. Too much bell will work the brass, and force you to crimp harder to close it. That's why with a lighter crimp, they feel tight in chamber, because the bell isn't being closed down. And with too much flare, you'll be scraping brass off the case mouth as it rides up into the crimp die. If you start seeing fine brass dust/particles on your shell holder, that's an indication you have too large of a flare. Enough flare to have the base of the bullet sit below the case mouth before seating, is
  2. With the bullet seated so far down into the case, the case mouth is on the bullets ogive. Therefore, when seated and crimped, the case mouth diameter is too small and rides over the chamber step. Seating to normal aol should solve the problem. Verify this by using a black marker and marking the top of the cartridge. Then chamber the round by racking the gun normally, don't ease the slide. Then unload the round, and look at it. If there's a mark/ring on the black, then the problem is what I said.
  3. That's what I'm thinking too. And the cause may be that he's crimping too much, and the cartridge is going past the step. I'd like to see a picture of one of his finished rounds, and also of the fired brass that's leaving those rings.
  4. Most 38 special factory loads don't even make minor(125)PF. So are you surprised you're having a hard time making pf with your reloads? Which is why in IDPA Stock Revolver division, they have a min 105PF requirement. Otherwise most shooters using a 3"-4" stock revolver in 38 special, would never make a 125 pf.
  5. And therein is the reason why. Titegroup is very temperature sensitive. I've had loads in .40 S&W which in normal weather, made 168PF. But at 38° failed to make PF. And in 90°+ weather, they feel like I'm shooting a magnum. Don't try to develop a load with Titegroup at very cold temperatures, unless you're only going to shoot them in cold weather. That same load at 70°-80° will go over pressure.
  6. At 4.2 gr, you're already over max charge listed on Hodgdon's site. You're velocities seem too low, somethings not right. Maybe you chrono is off, or not enough crimp, or testing in cold temperatures. How's your crimp, and what temp did you chrono in?
  7. I've used 2.8 gr Titegroup with a 158 gr LRN. The recoil is very light, but it is a 4" gun. But I can easily, and accurately shoot it weak handed. But being such a light load, you don't get case expansion in the chamber when fired, so I get a lot of blowback in the cylinders. Going to a heavier bullet like a 158 gr, might give less felt recoil than a 148 gr bullet.
  8. I don't see any warnings about loading 9mm for use in a semiautomatic. Plus, it's way too much work to load 9mm with this loader. It is not a volume loader, and it will take you forever to load any usuable quantity to shoot in a pistol. I have used this loader when I first started reloading hunting ammo for a rifle. If I loaded 20-30 rounds, that was good for at least 2 years of hunting. But not for pistol shooting.
  9. Have both a 5" and 6". Started with a 6" cause I felt I'd get a better sight ppicture on further targets. And while that is certainly true, especially when there are targets 20+ yds out, I transition quicker with my 5". The 6" just seems a little heavier to move as quickly as the 5".
  10. Isn't that load excessive for a 38 short? Hodgdon lists a max load of 2.7 gr titegroup with only a 135 gr bullet. You're using 3 gr titegroup, and a 160 gr head, seems very excessive. Excess pressures, and heat(titegroup burns hot), may be causing some of the lead base to melt/vaporize causing all the fouling.
  11. These are the Speer soft point bullets, with the higher jacket.
  12. Yeah, definitely a shorter jacket. More than just a gas check though. But they still have the crimping groove just below the shoulder.
  13. Those were my favorite bullets when I first started reloading 35 years ago. They were Speer Soft Point bullets. And the current Speer reloading book at the time, warned about jacket seperation in light loads. I would load them at full power, 24 gr W296. And they were seated with the top of the case mouth crimped over the top edge of the jacket. This left about 1/8" of lead showing under the top edge of the lead shoulder.
  14. It's the shape of the bullets nose which makes the top edge of the shoulder longer than normal. I use the 124gr RN, and have no problem loading at 1.135".
  15. First, why are you replacing the spring? Unlike round wire recoil springs, flat wire springs have a life expectancy of up to 40,000 cycles. And if you do indeed need to replace the spring, EGW sells flatwire springs, as does ISMI. And with ISMI, if you don't see the spring you need on their website, give them a call. They stock many sizes(Government vs Compact) in various weights, that they do not list on their website. I called, and was able to get lower weight springs for my Springfield RO gun that weren't listed on the web page. Also, if you change to round wire springs, yo
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