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reloads not chambering??

Thread in 'Reloading' started by Gordylew, Dec 8, 2019.

  1. Gordylew

    Gordylew ODT Junkie! Supporter

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    I've been reloading for years but I am not an expert. I've always loaded revolver rounds and some rifle. I have never loaded for a semi-auto pistol. Just found factory loads were inexpensive enough to justify reloading things like 9mm and 45. I'm attempting to load for a 45 Win Mag. my first batch looked great. When I tried loading them into the Wildey. The slide stopped prior to full battery. Then the fun began getting the round out of the chamber. I loaded a few factory loads into the gun to make sure something wasn't amiss with the gun since the last time I shot it. The factories loaded fine. I pulled the decapping rod out of the sizing die and ran the loaded rounds through it to see if the case neck was bulged or something. There was resistance so I'm thinking maybe?? I'm loading .452 250 gr XTPs. I wouldn't think going to a .451 would make much difference.

    Any thoughts?
    Scratching my head
     
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    Try resizing an empty fired brass with your die and seeing if the case unloaded will chamber.

    I assume you have oal on the loaded rounds set correctly and put at least a light crimp on?

    I don't know that round so no help on bullet size
     
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    How are you crimping your loads?
     
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    OAL would be the first thing I would check.
     
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    .451 and .452 would not make a difference. I swap between both all the time.
     
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    I'm betting crimp issue. Are you seating and crimping crimping in the same step. Take the barrel out of the gun and see what happens when you drop the bullets in, do the go "ker-plunk"????? I've had this problem with RCBS seating die trying to seat and crimp at the same time per the dies instructions. I use a barrel 9mm or 45 as my case gauge and a Lee FCD in the next sequence post bullet seating with. 100 percent success
     
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    Lee Precision Carbide Factory Crimp Die for 45 ACP / 45 Auto Rim # 90864

    Do you have one of these?
     
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    I got my oal by using a factory load. Now I’m thinking that I may have ran the bullet seater down to far before the case was fully seated in to the die. I’ll have to rethink it tomorrow. Back to the drawing board. Factory loaded ammo for this beast will break the bank.
     
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    If the reload bullet has a flatter nose-fatter in front-than the factory bullet, it may not work with the same OAL.

    You might have to seat it deeper.
     
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    My first guess would be that you did not have the full sizing die adjusted down far enough.
    Try sizing a piece of brass, then chambering it. If fully sized correctly there should be no more resistance than chambering a factory round.
    If you feel too much resistance then turn the die down slightly and repeat until you get the correct feel.
     
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