Bullet Seating Depth
Extensive experiment has shown that the best possible results are obtained with rifle, powder and bullet when the bullet is seated into the barrel about 1-32 of an inch ahead of the shell. The bullet is thus well in the rifling before the explosion takes place, obviating any possible chance of its being started in a tipping or crosswise manner. The shell is then filled with powder (a wad on top or not as desired), and inserted in the chamber after the bullet. The Ideal bullet seater has an adjustable plunger that can be set with a check nut to seat the ball any depth desired, and they will be absolutely the same depth, which must be, to insure uniform shooting. The implement weighs but four ounces, and is made for all calibers from .22 up.
Farrow, Edward S. American Small Arms; a Veritable Encyclopedia of Knowledge for Sportsmen and Military Men. New York: Bradford, 1904. Print.
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