Originally Posted by SARDG
Do you have a kinetic bullet puller to check the plating on the bullet at your crimp?
Pay heed to the 'kinetic bullet puller'. The collet style works well for rifle bullets, doesn't work at all for semi-wadcutter pistol bullets and is only marginal for other pistol bullets.
Although I have the RCBS version, this one looks like it will work just as well and it's cheaper:
SARDG's point was that when you use a taper crimp die to close up the case mouth, you don't want to go so far that you dent the plating. The way to test the adjustment is to assemble a round and then pull the bullet. If there is no mark from the crimp, at least the round is not
over-crimped. But you need to crimp far enough that the case is straight and the mouth doesn't stick up.
Oh, and you really do want to use a taper crimp die even if it didn't come in the die set.