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    Hi,
    Sunday we had some folks over to shoot. Husbands & wives. Calbers were .38, 9mm, .40 and .45 acp. Everything was going fine except for a few ftfd. These were with the 9s and .45s. Those folks were shooting reloads. After some inspection of the unfired rnds. on the ground I noticed those rnds were not crimped. The case mouths were not belled but they weren't crimped.
    The guns used used were a s Sig, Glock, 1911, and an RIA. After much cussing I suggested they try my reloads for 9s, and .45s ( I have no use for .40s )
    From then on everything went on without a hitch.
    These folks there didn't reload together. They did their own things.

    So I no how I crimp my reloads ( 9mm, .38, .357, .44, & .45 ) I wonder how others crimp

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    I haven't loaded for quite a bit, probably a couple years. I load mainly 45 where I just taper crimp.
    Don't reload much revolver but used to do 38 and 357, 44 and 45 Colt. I roll crimp fairly positively on those.
    Like bullets with a cannelure to grab onto. Most ranges around here don't allow lead any more so I've got quite a few lead bullets just in limbo.
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    Here's what I do for all calibers, based on what Mike Dillon said


    "When I adjust a taper crimp die, no matter the caliber, the procedure is the same: Put a sized, unflared, empty case into the last postion. Pull the handle down. Let go of the handle. With my fingers only, screw the die down until I feel it contact the case mouth. Lift the handle up slightly, hold it there while I screw the die down an additional 1/4 turn. Push the handle down, running the case back up into the die. With the case up in the die, tighten the die lock ring.

    The Dillon seat die does not remove the flare completely. However, it will remove any excess flare :ie, if the case is excessively flared that it contacts the interior of the die body, it will be reduced. "


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    Also helps guard against bullet set back.......................................I NEVER shoot reloads and especially someone elses................................

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    Actually now that you wrote that down, that's pretty much exactly what I do in most cases.
    In some revolver loads back in the day I put a little heavier crimp.
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    Dietrich: For a fat girl you sure don't sweat much.
    Cue sound of Head slap.

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