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Post by Texasref Thu Oct 07, 2021 9:07 pm

Does anyone here run coated bullets through a sizing die?
If so, what are you looking to gain and have you found this to be worth the effort?

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Post by 10sandxs Thu Oct 07, 2021 10:21 pm

If I cast and coat, yes, I size after coating... if I buy coated, no...

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Post by Wobbley Thu Oct 07, 2021 11:17 pm

Yes.  I just did 5000 this morning.
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Post by Schaumannk Fri Oct 08, 2021 12:58 am

Texasref wrote:Does anyone here run coated bullets through a sizing die?
If so, what are you looking to gain and have you found this to be worth the effort?
I run them through a swaging die which is a different thing.   What am I gaining? an incredible amount of uniformity in what was a cheap cast bullet.   

Depending on the coating, very little of it comes off.  Some coatings are better than others.   I have had the best luck with the Penns.  A friend swears by Bear Creek, and says their coatings are also good.  

From the experiments of a number of very good shooters including Ed Masaki, the more uniform the bullet base, the more accurate the bullet.   
   Would like to add one more thing,  reloading is very important as well.   Especially an expander die which should be sized correctly to seat the bullet absolutely straight on the case mouth.  I use the Lyman M dies.  Others use a specially modified and sized powder through expander die.

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Post by jglenn21 Fri Oct 08, 2021 8:14 am

Everyone should keep in mind that the normal process for Hi-tek coating is to size the bullet after each coat has gone thru the heating process ( 2 cycles is normal) so I've never worried about sizing a finished bullet. I will totally agree about the base of a bullet being important. I reject poor bases as i load.
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Post by 10sandxs Fri Oct 08, 2021 9:10 am

This is how you size bullets...
https://www.youtube.com/shorts/ZeNVsa9VmRk?feature=share

https://www.youtube.com/shorts/isMNFwNgCk8?feature=share


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Post by Texasref Fri Oct 08, 2021 9:11 am

Thanks for the replies.
I was thinking the more variables you remove the better the result. Just wasn't sure if this step was worth it.

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Post by PhotoEscape Fri Oct 08, 2021 7:32 pm

When using cast bullets (coated or not coated) issue boils down to uniformity of mold's cavities.  It those are uniformed then you can load as cast.  If you do not cast your own bullets, or don't know how they were cast, - sizing is advisable.  More so, when sizing, the best would be not to push on base, IMO, but rather push base down.

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Post by Wobbley Fri Oct 08, 2021 8:15 pm

10sandxs wrote:This is how you size bullets...
https://www.youtube.com/shorts/ZeNVsa9VmRk?feature=share

https://www.youtube.com/shorts/isMNFwNgCk8?feature=share
Looks like a good way to remove a finger.

This is what I used.  https://youtu.be/9VggR95jxHI
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Post by 10sandxs Fri Oct 08, 2021 9:38 pm

Wobbley wrote:
10sandxs wrote:This is how you size bullets...
https://www.youtube.com/shorts/ZeNVsa9VmRk?feature=share

https://www.youtube.com/shorts/isMNFwNgCk8?feature=share
Looks like a good way to remove a finger.

This is what I used.  https://youtu.be/9VggR95jxHI
Can't get into the rod with fingers... thats why the "port" is high... and not all of us can afford fancy stuff... some of us are pretty good redneck engineers...

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