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help with seating bullet part of .40 reloading

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by pwoens, Mar 15, 2017.

  1. pwoens

    pwoens

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    Press is a Dillon XL650
    Die set is RCBS carbide .40 3 piece

    station 1 is sizing and de-cap
    station 2 primer feed & powder throw
    station 3 is safety check on powder load
    station 4 is bullet seat
    station 5 is crimp die

    I am having a brain lapse and not able to figure out my issue. After I size the case there is no flare to allow the bullet seat station to cradle the bullet as it lifts up to the bullet seat. The bullets are all falling off the brass before getting to the top. Is the powder funnel suppose to flare the opening of the brass a little to allow the bullet to feed into the brass better at the seating station? I have been reloading 223 for way too long and have lost my way on reloading .40....please help :)
     
  2. birda40

    birda40 Woody

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    Adjust station 2, bring her down for flare.
     

  3. pwoens

    pwoens

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    Is the powder funnel what provides the flare?
     
  4. biggen

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    Yes the powder funnel flares the brass. Turn the powder funnel die down until you get the flare your looking for.
     
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    WeeWilly

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    Question answered, don't over flare, just enough to set the bullet.

    Good luck.
     
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  6. pwoens

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    Makes sense - thanks everyone!!
     
  7. willie_pete

    willie_pete NRA Life Member

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    Do you have the correct conversion funnel in?

    wp
     
  8. Rusty Gun

    Rusty Gun Still learning to shoot

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    Very good question. You can adjust the powder die all day and if you are running the 9mm funnel on .40 S&W it just will not work. You can try everything from profanity to prayer and it will not work. Don't ask how I know this...
    I load on a 550B and went to the expense of getting a dedicated powder hopper assembly and dies mounted on a tool head for each caliber. Switching from 9mm to .40 and then to .38 is quick and easy.
    Mr Dillon was a genius, he built a marvelous piece of machinery and a great company to back it up. His legacy lives on in tens of thousands of reloading rooms around the country.
     
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    Did you leave your 223 funnel in the powder die? The 223 funnel will activate the powder dump; but will not flare the case mouth (ever).

    Rifle funnels are different from handgun funnels. The rifle funnels don't add flare (they fit around/over the case mouth); the handgun funnels fit into the case mouth. For handgun rounds, you adjust the powder funnel down until you get full travel of the powder bar, then adjust a bit further down to flare the case. For rifle rounds you just need full travel of the powder bar.
     
  10. ChrisJn

    ChrisJn "Old Bill"

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    I had RCBS dies some years ago for .40S&W but they would not size the case all the way down so I changed to Lee dies and the problem went away.
     
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    great question.....YEP, I have separate toolhead setups for 223 and .40. I will adjust the powder station this morning and report back. Definitely the correct funnel, confirmed that last night during setup.

     
  12. pwoens

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    minor adjustment on the powder feed station and back in business. Appreciate everyones help with dusting off the cobwebs :)
     
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  13. Uboofer

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    A .010 to .020 bell is all should need to hold the bullet until its seated. Then you will remove it when the round gets crimped.
     
  14. A6Gator

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    I had problems with 40's a while ago, also. A bud suggested I use the Lee U die and the problems went away. I still case check everything, but it's more of a primer check now, pretty uneventful. I went with the U die for sizing 9 and 45, too. Well worth $20.
     
  15. Uboofer

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    For 40 I use a bulge buster as well.