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  1. Thanks for the update I have experienced bullet swaging when using oversized bullets too, and tracked it down to the expander plug being small and the bullet being swaged down by the case when seated. Whew, um, so I use a bigger expander A common fix for this is changing the 9mm expander (in a Lee die) to a PM Expander Plug for 38 S&W, a $3 fix: https://leeprecision.com/pm-expan-plg-38-s-w.html Others, using different dies, have found/bought aftermarket expanders plugs or complete dies. Something I may have posted before, even in this thread. Note: the Lee factory crimp die has also proven to swage oversize bullets smaller too.
  2. My fart was noisy 1st off so I removed what was needed to get to the gears and found a minimal amount of grease. I added lots of grease to the gears while it was running, then put it back together, and it was much quieter. I still found the noise annoying when in the same room, I run it setting on the floor, so I just dropped a big cardboard box over it...fixed. That could cause it to over heat in warm weather though...
  3. Good to know you tried... I ended up at 1.100 OAL for the 125/0.358"/RN Blue bullets and that worked in all but one of my nines. I have also found that the brass wall thickness is critical when loading larger dia. bullets for 9mm, too thick and rounds will not plunk and the crimp can cut thru the coating.
  4. Thanks for posting your test results Consider trying the 38/125RN BLUE bullet for it's 0.358" dia, you might get better results than with the 9mm/0.355" dia/RN/version.
  5. Go for it and report back to us
  6. Depends on what "just fine" means to you, may not be just fine to others, group size, etc. I buy these blue bullets and re-size 'em https://www.thebluebullets.com/product-p/250-125-38.htm jmo
  7. Good question right there As I mentioned in the other thread about bullet dia: I buy ALL bullets at 0.358" or 0.359" dia. when I can get them, because I shoot/load for 38 and 357 too. I push them thru a Lee sizing die, a size for the gun I'm shooting them in, and have found a 0.357" diameter bullet shoot thru all 9mm barrels, except one, a Storm Lake. More often than not, I buy bullets listed for 38/357, then size them and use them for 9mm. My preference is coated bullets with no lube groove, they feed best thru my Hornady bullet feeding dies.
  8. Good to hear the guy's working with you on your problem. FYI I buy ALL bullets at 0.358" or 0.359" dia. when I can get them. And push them thru a Lee sizing die, a size for the gun I'm shooting them in, and have found a 0.357" diameter bullet shoot thru all 9mm barrels, except one, a Storm Lake. More often than not, I buy bullets listed for 38/357, then size them and use them for 9mm. My preference is coated bullets with no lube groove, they feed best thru my Hornady bullet feeding dies. Post back any updates,
  9. Have you shot coated lead before from this gun? What diameter bullets did you buy this time, the same as before? Have you ever slugged the barrel? These Brazos bullets might be too small or too soft. Normally a coating negates the need of a harder bullet. Have you contacted the bullet maker? Might be a known "bad batch", you never will know unless you contact them. I don't know of any way to change the load to lesson the leading other than increase/decrease the charge or try a different powder. Maybe someone will come along with the right answer. sorry I can't be of more help,
  10. Get some chore boy and rap it around a cleaning brush, it will get the lead out this stuff https://www.amazon.com/Chore-Boy-Copper-Scouring-Pad-2ct/dp/B006K3XS5A/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_2?keywords=Chore+Boy®+Ultimate+Copper+Scrubbers&qid=1557110486&s=gateway&sr=8-2-fkmrnull Or get a Lewis Lead Remover https://www.brownells.com/gun-cleaning-chemicals/patches-mops/lead-remover/lewis-lead-remover-prod21587.aspx It will remove the lead with a couple of pulls thru the barrel You'll be good for another 600 shots. A long standing internet myth is shooting some jacketed bullets thru it will remove the lead...worth a try.
  11. Since you mention it will be expander die mounted, why not get a Lee auto measure, and use the auto powder drop feature of the die. Either the Pro Auto Disc or Auto Drum would my choice. https://www.titanreloading.com/lee-precision-reloading-equipment/lee-powder-handling/lee-autodrum-powder-measure https://www.titanreloading.com/lee-precision-reloading-equipment/lee-powder-handling/lee-pro-auto-disk- what I use,
  12. 4.3 of HP-38 (same as W231) is the sweet spot for me, with 124-125 gr. coated bullets, both RN and TC. An OAL of 1.130" or as close to that length as possible for RN, and R-P cases works.
  13. I buy mostly 38 bullets and re-size them for 9mm, mostly 125 RN BLUE Bullets: https://www.thebluebullets.com/product-p/250-125-38.htm I have 0.356/0.357/0.358 sizes of LEE sizing dies and use them to custom size bullets for the gun I'm using, both 9mm and 38sp. https://www.titanreloading.com/lee-precision-reloading-equipment/lee-lube-and-sizing-kits It's easy and fast to size bullets, on a single stage press, to the exact diameter you need, but might not work if you are dealing with large quantities. works for me,
  14. Angled is best: Longer bolts = more angle
  15. look here: https://www.thehighroad.org/index.php?threads/primer-pullback-to-the-extreme.846927/#post-11037121 Edit: I'm Tilos over there
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