belling 45 ACP

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by Topkat, Mar 20, 2012.

  1. Topkat

    Topkat New Member

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    Hi
    I'm reloading 1000 .45 ACP cases using Montana Gold 230 Gr. FMJ.
    should I be belling the cases?
    My last batch was with Ranieer plated bullets and I soon found belling the cases a must.
    But not sure I need to bell them with jacketed bullets.
    I've done it before sucessfully.
    thank you
  2. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

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    I bell for everything - rifle, pistol, lead or jacketed. It just makes it so much easier to get the bullet started. With "not belling" you stand a chance of damaging the bullet, and a much greater chance of destroying the case. Since the reason I started reloading was to save money, destroying cases and bullets is counter-productive.
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  4. Kevin Rohrer

    Kevin Rohrer Member

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    Bell just enough to start the bullet into the case and no more than that.
  5. howlnmad

    howlnmad Well-Known Member

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    :yeahthat: The less you flare, the longer your brass will last.
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    Dirtypacman New Member

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    Wise words - seems like you got your answer.
  7. PanhandlePop

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    Jacketed bullets don't require much, but the bullet still needs to sit straight on the case. I've actually had more issues getting just the right flare on plated than on lead for some reason.
  8. mikld

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    If you can seat your bullets, easily, without flaring, go ahead. Problems can arise though, trying to seat a bullet in a case that's not flared; seating crooked, damaging bullets (scraping material from bullet) and damaging cases (collapsing case, buldging case). I flare the case mouths of every cartridge I reload, revolver, pistol and rifle...
  9. Gahunter12

    Gahunter12 Member

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    What he said. Ditto!
  10. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

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    I also agree with alpo. belling the casemouth also ensures the bullet starts straight.
  11. vulcrider

    vulcrider New Member

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    Agree 100%
  12. LDBennett

    LDBennett Active Member

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    I also agree for pistol rounds. The cases must be belled but only just enough. Excessive belling eventual over works the case and the cases may be lost.

    Rifle brass need not be belled but the inside of the throat should be chamfered with a a tool as supplied by RCBS and others. It only take a little but the burr from trimming must be removed or it will catch the bullet and rip off copper from the jacket or collapse the throat of the case.

    LDBennett