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Old April 11, 2011, 05:09 AM   #1
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Help needed with creased cases

I loaded up some copper coated 158gr 38 specials last night. Most were fine but a few buckled and creased the cases when seated - see photographs below. I put a generous 'bell' on each case. What could have caused this and are they safe to shoot?

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Old April 11, 2011, 06:41 AM   #2
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Over crimp. Back off on your crimp. I load some pretty hot 357s and don’t put that much on them.
If you need a heavy crimp you need to size your cases all to the same length.
Longer cases will crimp harder and deeper than short cases.
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Old April 11, 2011, 06:50 AM   #3
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Way to much crimp, at the most you should crimp just enough to be able to see the crimp. I would shoot them in my 357 mag. though.
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Old April 11, 2011, 08:33 AM   #4
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Thanks guys
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Old April 11, 2011, 08:35 AM   #5
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+1 on too much crimp. The good news is, they'll straighten out when you shoot em.
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