ZackJones Posted February 2, 2014 Share Posted February 2, 2014 I'm starting a new thread instead of hijacking the case lube thread in the 9mm section. After reading that thread I recently bought some Frankford Arsenal case lube. I really made things run smoother in the press (Lee single stage). One thing I didn't read closely on the directions was to either wipe down or tumble the brass after resizing it. I didn't do that and while loading some ammo yesterday (.45 ACP with plated bullets). I noticed that several of the bullets would slide down the case with just finger pressure. After double checking the seating and factory crimp die I was was getting cartridges that the bullet would slide down into the case. I ended up pulling all of the bullets and tumbling the brass. This morning I separated the brass into two groups. The first group I just ran back through the powder drop die and then placed the bullet on the case like I normally do. 5 out of the 50 cartridges still allowed the bullet to slide down in the case with finger pressure but 35 of them didn't. This leads me to believe the expander / powder drop die is properly adjusted. Before loading the next 50 rounds I removed the decapping pin from the resizing die and ran 50 rounds through the resizing die. Once that was completed I then ran those 50 rounds through the expander / powder drop and this time 0 out of 50 allowed the bullet to slide down in the case. Now I'm wondering if I'm screwing up somewhere in my process. Here's what I normally do. 1 - Deprime with universal deprimer. 2 - Tumble. 3 - Resize 4 - Run resized cases through Lee bulge buster kit. 5 - Expand / Powder drop. 6 - Seat Bullet. 7 - Run through Factory Crimp die. 8 - Case gauge 9 - Go shoot 'em. I normally do things in batches of 100 - 300 such as resize/bulge bust one night. Prime next night. I really have now idea what may have cause the problem I was having. I was loading the last 100 of 500 plated bullets I had bought recently and the first 400 seemed to load with out any issues. The only thing I have changed in my reloading process was using case lube. If you guys can think of any ideas why things were screwed up I'd appreciate hearing them. I guess it's time to upgrade to a progressive . Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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