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Old September 10, 2012, 09:55 AM   #1
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Issues with a top punch

According to the 'structions, the 311 top punch is called for if sizing/lubing the 358212 pill. This is th 145/147 gr for the 9mm. The ogive is a bit different than the other RN molds like the xxx242 or the xxx311, et al. I am getting a ring impressed into the side of the bullet about halfway down the ogive of the thing. Anyone else have this issue? I thought about taking the dremel and taking the edge off the 311 punch. Any other ideas, like a punch that fit it better.
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Old September 10, 2012, 01:04 PM   #2
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The Dremel usually works fine.
You can also put a dab of epoxy or jb weld in the top punch, lower it on the oiled bullet, and let it harden.
Then you have a custom fit.
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Old September 10, 2012, 06:01 PM   #3
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Thanks R28,

I had thought about the epoxy thing too, but I don't load too many of these heavy 9mm, and don't want to mess up my 311 punch. I have some other punches I made special nose patterns with, and that JB is hard to dig out. I could do the same thing here, but I'm fresh out of spare punches.

I might try knocking the edge off first. I did contact Lyman, and the asked me to send it in, and they would whittle me a new on if needed, send a few castings along. Every reference I see, it says 311 punch for this bullet, but it fo shizzle leaves a ring.
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Old September 11, 2012, 07:28 PM   #4
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Do the epoxy thing, it`ll be exactly fitted to your bullet.

Easy ,fast & cheap !
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Old September 12, 2012, 08:39 AM   #5
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If I have a ring on the boolit problem from an ill fitting top punch, I usually just use a flat point top punch. A teeny flat mark on the tip doesn't look as bad as a ring on the ojive.
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