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Post by thessler 11/23/2018, 6:32 pm

Hi
I am new to reloading pistol ammo. I have a lot of experience with shotgun ammo but this is completely different. 
I am using 45 acp semi wadcutter from Missouri bullets. With a Dillon square deal. 
Could someone explain how deep to set the bullet into the shell. Right now I'm setting the lead shoulder even with the top of the brass, just an arbitrary starting spot. Not sure it matters but something tells me it does.
Second when I started,  the crimp was still a little bell shaped after the bullet was set, now I tightened it up and made a taper crimp just like a shotgun shell.
Now I'm thinking that's probably wrong because the leading edge of the shell controlls the head space. Or do I have that wrong also.
Any advice on these variables greatly appreciated. Or a direction where I can read up on it.
thanks Tom

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Post by zanemoseley 11/23/2018, 6:35 pm

Typically the shoulder of a SWC should extend past the brass by about 1/32" or .030"-.040".

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Post by Gary Wells 11/23/2018, 6:54 pm

Generally about 1.24 COAL, or about 1/32  (.03125)above the brass top as stated above.


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Post by lyman1903 11/23/2018, 7:59 pm

start here and search for relevant loading info for that particular bullet

https://www.missouribullet.com/range_reports.php

you should also have at least a couple, of not more, reloading manuals to compare loads, OAL's etc, 

taper crimp is correct,  there are guys here that can tell you what tension works best for them,
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Post by Dcforman 11/23/2018, 8:01 pm

Pretty sure Gary meant 1.240 OAL...

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Post by Gary Wells 11/23/2018, 10:29 pm

Dcforman wrote:Pretty sure Gary meant 1.240 OAL...

I'm such an idiot for not catching that. Many thanks for the correction. I will change it which I hope is not cheating.

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Post by gregbenner 11/23/2018, 10:54 pm

Gary Wells wrote:
Dcforman wrote:Pretty sure Gary meant 1.240 OAL...

I'm such an idiot for not catching that. Many thanks for the correction. I will change it which I hope is not cheating.
 You are.  Laughing

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Post by thessler 11/24/2018, 5:39 am

OK thanks guys. 
Went to Missouri bullets,  there's a lot to learn there.
Tom

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Post by willnewton 11/24/2018, 1:53 pm

Tidied this thread up a little by deleting a couple posts.  I had a few complaints about it.  I love a good joke too, but some are better told in private company vs. a public forum.

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