belling 45 ACP

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

  1. Topkat

    Topkat New Member

    Mar 20, 2012
    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

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
    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.

  3. Kevin Rohrer

    Kevin Rohrer Member Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2010
    Medina, Ohio
    Bell just enough to start the bullet into the case and no more than that.
  4. howlnmad

    howlnmad Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2008
    Harriman, Tn
    :yeahthat: The less you flare, the longer your brass will last.
  5. Dirtypacman

    Dirtypacman New Member

    Mar 3, 2008
    Merrimac Valley, MA
    Wise words - seems like you got your answer.
  6. PanhandlePop

    PanhandlePop Member

    May 27, 2011
    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.
  7. mikld

    mikld Well-Known Member

    Jun 24, 2009
    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...
  8. Gahunter12

    Gahunter12 Active Member

    Jun 29, 2011
    What he said. Ditto!
  9. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    I also agree with alpo. belling the casemouth also ensures the bullet starts straight.
  10. vulcrider

    vulcrider Member

    Nov 6, 2006
    Agree 100%
  11. LDBennett

    LDBennett Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2003
    Hesperia, CA
    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.