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Old February 21, 2013, 10:23 PM   #1
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First Time Reloader...First Load

Been doing tons of reading on this site the last few months, as well as reading a few manuals. Finally worked up my first loads and wanted to get everyone's blessing before I go and shoot them for the first time.

I'm reloading .38 with PowerBond 125 gr. FP on top of 4.4 grs. of Universal and a CCI #500 SPP.

COL is 1.448'' with a variance of about .003 from round to round.

I'm using a Dillon XL650 with Dillon Dies.

I will be firing out of a .357 GP100 4''.

Does anyone see any glaring issues or concerns? I've only made 10 so far as a test batch before I start working up the load to the point where I am comfortable cranking out a few hundred at a time.

Thanks in advance for any and all feedback, so far this site has been a wealth of knowledge and I look forward to learning as much as I can.
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Old February 21, 2013, 10:57 PM   #2
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As long as the load came from a reloading manual you should be fine.
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Old February 21, 2013, 11:10 PM   #3
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First Time Reloader...First Load

Looks to me like you're in between Hodgdon's starting loads for lead and jacketed 125gr bullets and also in between their published OAL for those two.

You should be golden, if a bit on the low side.
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Old February 22, 2013, 12:08 AM   #4
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Roll crimp them?
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Old February 22, 2013, 09:22 AM   #5
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They were all roll crimped. I'm going to pull a couple to see how much it is cutting into the plating on the bullet. One concern I had is that the crimp is just barely touching the bottom of the cannelure.

Should I be worried about that?
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Old February 22, 2013, 09:24 AM   #6
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Don't worry about pulling them. You're not going to hurt anything at that load level.
As long as the crimp is in the cannelure it doesn't matter WHERE it is.

edit:
Is it actually IN the cannelure?
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Old February 22, 2013, 09:34 AM   #7
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Looking really close it seems that it is like .001 below the cannelure. If I went much deeper with the bullet then I would be below the posted COL. So I guess my issue is what is more important, the crimp in the cannelure or the COL?
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Old February 22, 2013, 09:40 AM   #8
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Well, you can't really have a proper roll crimp unless it's in the cannelure.

Seat the bullet so you can crimp in the cannelure. Part of the reason you "start low and work up" is variance between bullets/seating depth, within reason.

You can sort of roll crimp outside the cannelure but it will require squishing the bullet pretty badly.

Those 10 you already have will be fine.
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Old February 22, 2013, 09:44 AM   #9
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Good to know, I'll make the adjustments.
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