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  1. After all of the measuring I've done today, I believe this to be that case. If I had some factory HST rounds here I would pull them and find out.
  2. I searched, I didn't see that. Wished I had, it would've saved me A LOT of trouble and time, but I did learn a lot through this process. The bullets were $0.08/rd. The only issue I can find wit the bullets is that overall length varies. I haven't measured ogive to base. However, the variance in bullet over all length hasn't changed the ridge measurement. This makes me wonder if the pulling process has more effect on the "petals" outside of the case than the bullet base inside the case. Diameter is spot on for every one I've measured, 0.354. So far today I've loaded Speer Nickel and FC. No issues, full function in my CZ P10C and AR9. I haven't fired them in my 2 Walthers, but the chamber and eject fine.
  3. I started fresh this morning and I think I have it figured out. I took 10 different measurements throughout the sizing and loading process of 9 different headstamps. I'm not going to post all those measurements, it'd take a while to type it out and it'd take a lot of space. From what I can tell there is a brass issue and a die setting issue. On my end the issue was belling and crimping. I was belling too much, and crimping too little. Aguila, CBC, and S&B headstamps are an issue. The ridge for Aguila measures 0.391, CBC 0.390, S&B 0.388. The case mouth for all of these measured 0.378 after crimping. None of these will chamber in my AR9 or CZ P 10C. Win with a ridge that measures 0.386 will chamber. Win, Geco, PMC, Speer, Blazer, FC all function fine. The case mouth measurement on these varies from 0.376-0.3775. The ridge measurement varied from 0.382-0.386 Speer Nickel shows to have the smallest ridge. followed closely by Blazer. Going forward I will only load these 2 headstamps with this bullet. Feel free to ask any questions. Hopefully my experience can help out someone else.
  4. I determined COAL by going with the COAL of factory loaded 147gr HST. I'm using mixed brass, so it varies slightly. My sizing die does touch the shell plate Not sure on the seating stem. I'll check. The casemouth measurement after seating and the measurement of the ridge is what has me dumbfounded. The only thing I can come up with next is really dial back the bell to almost nothing and increase the crimp
  5. The ridge is concentric, so the bullet is seated correctly. I've searched and read those threads. The ones with pictures are nowhere near what I'm getting. 147gr HST is what I'm using, as stated in the thread title. This issue is causing chambering issues. I'm using mixed brass, COAL varies from 1.120-1.130 I tried to post a pic, but all of them I have are too large
  6. I am getting a noticable, concentric ridge in my brass once I seat a bullet. The ridge is from the base of the bullet. Imagine the "Dillon coke bottle" but with a very noticable ridge in the middle of the brass.Brass is being sized to within all saami specs on a 550b with Dillon carbide dies.All bullets measure 0.354I've tried more bell and less bell, shorter and longer COAL, more and less crimp. I e also adjusted the sizing die.When I seat a bullet, there is noticable ridge in the brass at the base of the bullet.Once the bullet is seated, the case mouth measures 0.384 - 0.386.The ridge measures anywhere from 0.386 - 0.390
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    Who here uses it? what's you're favorite 5.56 and .308 loads? Anyone using it for 6.5cm or 30-06?
  8. All I have reloaded for is bottleneck rifle cases. I have recently gotten everything together to load .40S&W on my 550b. I'm really looking forward to not having to do all of the brass prep that military rifle cases require. Here's my issue. I have started trying to decide what bullets I would load and I'm a little confused/overwhelmed. What's with all the coatings? Maybe I've looked at too many and have paralysis by analysis, idk? Can someone give me a rundown of the difference and pro's/con's of each, please? I tried searching and didn't really find what I was looking for. I'll be shooting a S&W M&P and I have Titegroup and Bullseye powders. Thanks!
  9. Thanks for the help and easy to understand explanations of belted magnums vs. non-belted cases. I am using RCBS dies and set the 7mag the same as the non-belted(screw down until touching the shell-holder, then 1/4 turn more). So I'm assuming the 7mag die is made to head-space off the belt since I set it up the same as my others, but still had this happen?
  10. Lube: Yes. I use case wax, I keep it on my fingers and spread it over the case and neck rim. I bought the brass as "once fired", so in reality, who knows.
  11. About 100 cases in resizing mixed 7remmag I had one separate at the belt. First, how do I get the rest of the case out of my resizing die? Second, why did this happen? Third, what would you do with the rest of the same headstamp?
  12. Update: I tightened the shellplate and all's well. I've loaded about 100rd tonight and have been checking randonly. +-.1gr. I'm happy! Thanks for all the help!
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    Roll Tide

    That's funny! I could've done without one of those, the other two are good.
  14. Thanks. This is good info for a newbie like myself. All I know is the failsafe rod.
  15. What Kirk said! When the shellplate is too loose the case can tip slightly and the case mouth hits the edge of the powder funnel instead of the center. When the powder funnel starts lifting dropping a small amount of powder, then the case mouth slips off the edge of the powder funnel and the powder funnel drops down slightly until stopped by the case mouth allowing the powder measure to refill before it starts moving again. This is exactly what's happening. I don't have time to try it out tonight but I did tighten the shellplate and it looks like this problem is solved. I'll know for sure tomorrow night, but I feel good about it!
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