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got a new tikka 243 the other day and decided to work up some new loads. first i made a dummy load and used it to check o.a.l so when i seated the bullet my o.a.l was 2.591 after crimping with my lee fcd, my o.a.l was 2.594 is this normal i checked it in my chamber and mag and it: cycled fine i just wondered how it got longer any advive or comment will helo thanks all.:confused:
 

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I think you squished the bullet longer by .003

Not good for accuracy.
 

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Try some without a crimp. Normally, a bottle necked cartridge for a bolt rifle won't need to be crimped...
 

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A friend of mine has a .243, and as others have said, never crimps his. He shoots a model 70.
 

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x ring your right my o.a.l got longer and i will take the advice ot others and try some not crimped i was worried about the bullet falling out during hunting since these loads will be for hunting yotes.
 

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Crimping is fine just as long as you dont crimp the poo out of the bullet. I personally crimp everything I load, doesn't matter what it is. It gives me peace of mind knowing those bullets wont set back during firing ar any other activity.
 
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