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Posted: 23 November 2017 at 2:59am | IP Logged Quote Dragon

As the discussion in handguns goes I've been toying with a seating die for HP bullets over the last decade or two ;)
A modified seating die worked wonders.

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Yes, it DOES make a difference. I'm not a HUGE fan of hollow-points in pistol-caliber rounds, but it's just personal preference.

I learned long ago that the best way to assure a very high failure rate with JHPs is to seat them with a seating plug that does not take their profile(s) into account.
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Kosh75287 wrote:
Yes, it DOES make a difference. I'm
not a HUGE fan of hollow-points in pistol-caliber
rounds, but it's just personal preference.

I learned long ago that the best way to assure a very
high failure rate with JHPs is to seat them with a
seating plug that does not take their profile(s) into
account.


Here is my method of curing that..
Over the years I've used lots of trick to match the
bullet nose to the seating stem. One of the easiest
methods I've used is to coat the bullet nose with a
liberal application of Johnson's Paste Wax and mix up
a small batch of JB weld. I press the nose into the
stem with JB weld in it and when it cures, it matches
the profile of the bullet I used quite well. After I
got my machine shop up and running I now just machine
a seating stem with a cup to hold the JB weld. Don't
do this with the seating stem in the die or you may
have a real tough time getting the stem to move
afterward.


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Posted: 03 December 2017 at 5:34am | IP Logged Quote Dragon

It seems a common problem. even with HP bullets designed for the pistols, most don't account for the fact that the rounds don't take into account the different barrel lengths in the same caliber.

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I've never liked HP bullets for the reason that it's difficult to find a
good seating die that matches them.   Seems odd to me that none of
the companies have come up with a better way of seating.



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Posted: 03 December 2017 at 10:03am | IP Logged Quote Dragon

I have tried to get RCBS interested, in a stemmed seating die for HP bullets, but no response as yet.
I had a die made up by a machinist that works well with the .38/.357 dies I have, I'd like to get a few more done in other calibers.

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I wonder when RCBS became uninterested? They used to offer different seating stems for different bullet styles and had specific ones based on Speer HPs.

My .41 mag dies are the older style and I have three different stems, WC, SWC and RN. I use the SWC stem for JHPs and it doesn't deform their noses.

One of these days I'll look at their latest PDF catalog. If it was in print I'd pay more attention to it.
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