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Thread: Dished vs. Flat Top Punch

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    Dished vs. Flat Top Punch

    I see that lathesmith makes both dished and flat top punches. What purpose is there for a dished top punch?

    Thanks in advance for the replies.

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    A dished punch will center on a bullet ogive or on a meplat but round it slightly. I use a round nose 374 to run lee 30 flat nosed through my 450.

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    A dished one also works well if putting bullets through the sizer nose first. Many cast bullets have minor imperfections near the sprue, with otherwise clean bases; the dished TP contacts the bullet at the periphery and the center hollow leaves the protruding sprue untouched, with better alignment of the bullet as it starts into the die.

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    Thanks for the answers!

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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check