Re: problem with lee dies
There are couple of things that may have caused your problem.
First might be the seating die. LEE dies are fine but a bit crude in the internal finish. That might make them have more friction than other's dies, making slightly bigger bullet stick in the seating die.
But most likely it has to do with your pulling the bullets. Tapper crimping squeezes the case mouth onto the bullet. How much is controlled by raising or lowering the seating die. Get it wrong (too much) and the bullet is deformed slightly. That deformation might cause the bullet to stick in the seating die.
Here is probably the correct way to do what you wanted (pull bullet and make up the rounds over again), in my opinion:
Pull bullets then dump powder. Pull the primer depriming pin from the sizing die (only the replaceable pin, not the assembly) or adjust the depriming pin such that the primer is not removed in the sizing operation. Resize the cases. The primer will not be removed. Now bell the mouths of the cases and reload normally. But do check the diameter of the pulled bullets against a new one. If different or damaged throw the bullets away and use new bullets.
I have no idea what load you were using but the lightest listed loads in reloading manuals usually cycles 9mm pistols. I certainly hope you were not using a load level outside the listed loads in the reloading manual. Do you have a reloading manual? Have you read the "How-to" section multiple times so you understand it thoroughly? Too light of a load is just as dangerous as too hot of a load. Stick to the data in the reloading manuals for maximum safety. Now, it may be the gun has been screwed with and it has a too strong of a recoil spring. Some change out the recoil spring to protect the gun from hot loads. That is a bad idea. You should not be reloading to get hot loads. Keep the stock spring in the gun and stick to the reloading manual loads.
Hope this helps.
Last edited by LDBennett; 06-15-2012 at 08:44 AM..