View Full Version : How deep to seat/crimp? (pic)
02-14-2009, 06:11 PM
Just making sure this looks right since this mold is new to me. Should I run the slug down into the case a little more so that it crimps into the last band or leave it where it is?
(44mag & 240gr SWC gas check)
02-14-2009, 06:19 PM
I think it looks good to me. How I test I push down on the rond with the bullet on something solid like a work bench. I don't use all my strength but a reasonable amount of force. If you over crimp it causes the case to bulge a little just below the crip and then you have chambering issues.
02-14-2009, 06:43 PM
Should I leave the crimp grove unlubed?
02-14-2009, 07:03 PM
Usually you leave it unlubed, but I've done it successfully both ways.
02-14-2009, 07:05 PM
Looks fine. You don't want to crimp into the band, that's what the crimp groove is for. I leave the crimp groove empty - never gave much thought to lubing it.
02-14-2009, 07:19 PM
Yup, as I thought, I was over thinking things again. Thanks for the input guys!
02-15-2009, 11:27 AM
Really, the answer is to put it in a chamber and see if the cylinder will turn all the way around!
02-15-2009, 11:38 AM
I usually lube the crimp groove...
All things being equal I figure that a bit more lube certainly ain't gonna hurt anything. Sometimes I have to wipe the boolit a bit if the crimping forces the lube out of the case (I stop lubing the crimp groove if this happens).
02-15-2009, 11:39 AM
Very true. Or in a rifle, if it will function through the action and chamber. My Marlin 1894 won't feed a Keith boolit seated to the crimping groove. Works fine with the #429244 or Lee 429-255-SWC.
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