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Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
Here's the first of my 9mm lead cast. I crimped just so the bullet is tight didn't smash into the lead. My OAL is 1.125". Any comments good or bad welcomed. This is the first time I loaded lead.
 

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. I did drop it in Barrel. It was flush at the top and when I turned it upside down it fell out with no prob. I just crimped it tite. I didn't want to mash the lead and change bullet configuration. If I need to go tighter I will. The oal is set to the data. Think that's good. It passed the barrel test. .368" flared, and crimped is .364"
 

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Welcome to world of cast boolits !!!!
your 'crimp" looks good to me -- Since 9mm headspaces off the mouth you don't want a real crimp -
If your cast bullet is slightly larger (356) the standard exp button and a bit of bell will provide enough friction -
did you cast the boolits yourself ? what mould? diameter sized? what lube --
 

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No I didn't cast myself, bought 500 124gr RN .356 dia. For $ 30.00 thought that was a good price. These are the first I've done. How much of a crimp do you want with lead? My crimp was -.004 smaller.
 

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What's the lube for, the shell or the barrel?
 

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i really don't crimp at all -- I just remove the bell --
If you have bullet movement when feeding you may have to crimp a few thou, or use a slightly smaller diameter expander plug.
Lube is for the bore --helps prevent leading --
Your boolits are probably dry luber rather than a lube groove -- perfectly fine -
On closer exam of your photo, the boolit body is a bit proud and could affect headspace.
You will enjoy this new adventure --
I recommend a copy of lymans cast bullet handbook for your reading pleasure.
 

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Ok cool. How do you know if you have a leading problem?
 

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id bring them out just a touch. I like a tad more of the front shoulder of the driving band to be visible, mainly for crimp integrity. and I would also crimp a tad more. Case mouth should measure .377" - .378" or so after crimp
 

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Really nice, clear pics....KUDOS.
My OAL is 1.15" and mouth at .376-.377" crimped

Don't seat as far [deep] where the actual crimp
is in the groove [ring].
 

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Discussion Starter · #11 · (Edited)
id bring them out just a touch. I like a tad more of the front shoulder of the driving band to be visible, mainly for crimp integrity. and I would also crimp a tad more. Case mouth should measure .377" - .378" or so after crimp
You say to bring out a bit more I get that no problem, Thanks for the advice i understand what your saying give the crimp more base to hold on too. But when you say to crimp a bit more but my crimp is .364 that's smaller than your crimp. I don't understand that part JLA. Please explain. My flare was .368.
 

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Really nice, clear pics....KUDOS.
My OAL is 1.15" and mouth at .376-.377" crimped

Don't seat as far [deep] where the actual crimp
is in the groove [ring].
Thanks about the pics, believe it or not I took them with my fone.
 

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How about some pics of just the projectile?

Your case bell mouth flare seems odd.......368" ?

[what kind of phone?]
 

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Discussion Starter · #14 · (Edited)
Here's the bullet
 

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I flared just enough to slide the bullet in without shaving lube or lead.
 

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Fone is the Samsung galaxy 2
 

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.356" dia on your lead , right?

If you aren't shaving any lead....good.
 

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Yes .356 dia of lead. No shaving at all. Ill seat a bit higher. But as far as the flare that's .004 's smaller than flare. Should be good, if not ill go another -.002 then. And look at it.
 

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I agree with Josh and Ozo, just a tiny bit less on the seating and just a tiny bit more on the crimp. And I do mean a tiny bit. Absolutely great pictures for a phone!
 

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Thanks and thanks. Will do on both.
 
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