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Thread: My first 44 mag crimp: Please advise

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    My first 44 mag crimp: Please advise

    I defer to my mentors with 3 photos of the same round:



    Last edited by kwesi; 06-26-2018 at 06:44 PM. Reason: photo added

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    It looks fine. If it chambers easily and there is no bullet movement when you tap the bullet nose on a piece of wood you are OK. Your goal is as little crimp as is needed. You might back off your die a touch until your bullet starts to move with a heavy tap. Then tighten 1/8-1/16th turn. Brass life will be better.
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    I deleted the above pics because a concensus of other more experienced was that I should go a tad deeper. Here is my third attempt:



    The round drops right in each cylinder. The COL is 1.589. No movement!

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    If those are the same picture, then the angle is changed from the upper to the lower. If the pictures are of different crimps, then the bottom one is perfect.
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    One bullet.

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    The crimps on those cartridges look good. Also, (and at least as important) it appears that the cases were sized correctly, as I can see just a trace of bulge around the bullet.

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    Thanks again!

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