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Old January 11, 2013, 06:38 PM   #1
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Starlite brass

I bought unprimed starlite brass. Do they need sized and belled?
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Old January 11, 2013, 06:49 PM   #2
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I did on the StarLine I bought. I ran them thru my resizing die, checked and made uniform in length, de-burred, belled just enough to hold a bullet.
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Old January 11, 2013, 06:52 PM   #3
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I full-size all my new brass cases. If I'm loading with lead bullets or copper plated bullets (like Berry's) I bell the mouth just enough to accept the bullets without stripping the copper plate or lead. With regular FMJ and other jacketed bullets, I just champer the mouth of the case.
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Old January 11, 2013, 07:08 PM   #4
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Thank you. I just got done mounting my press. Have everything but powder. Got my primers today. I could try and make a couple dummy rounds and see if they cycle in my s&w compact m&p 40. But im chicken. Baby steps. Baby steps.
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Old January 11, 2013, 07:39 PM   #5
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Chicken of what? Dummy rounds won't blow up your gun. No powder.

If your following the steps your ammo will turn out fine. Check and double check.
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Old January 11, 2013, 07:47 PM   #6
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I do both, although with longer cartridges I usually size the top 1/3 to 1/2, mainly for uniform bullet tension - then bell and load.
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Old January 11, 2013, 07:56 PM   #7
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Chicken is the improper term, try intimidated. That's what I claim when working a new powder and charge that has no published data Glade I don't have to do that often.

Seriously, taking it slow and methodological (did I spell that right?), checking each step is the way to do it and do it well. Check each step including slipping the brass into the chamber to confirm fit. By the time you get a seated bullet, you will know you have it right.

Always error on the side of safety,

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Old January 11, 2013, 08:03 PM   #8
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Great responses. Gonna hunt some tree rats tomorrow. Im gonna try and get the seat/crimp die adjusted correctly after im done hunting and make some dummy rounds. If all goes well i will post a pic for input. Get a good nights sleep, gonna need some help tomorrow. . thank you
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Old January 11, 2013, 11:03 PM   #9
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The good thing about dummy loads is you can pull the bullet when you are done testing things and reuse the bullet and case for shooting. Nothing lost that way.
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Old January 12, 2013, 09:12 AM   #10
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good luck and just take it slow reloading is best done when you can focus and not be distracted.
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Old January 12, 2013, 09:34 AM   #11
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Making a dummy round or two won't hurt you a bit. Checking how they chamber is derigeur. You seem to have your head on straight. If you encounter issues not covered in your handbook, get right back on here.
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