Step 5 - Seating the Bullet and Crimping
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You are now ready to seat and crimp your bullets into the cases. Use the information for over all length of the cartridge that you did for the powder charge, you can play some with the depth at which you seat the bullet, but be wary of seating it to deep as this raises pressure drastically, also do not exeed the maximum loaded cartridge length, as this may lead to chambering problems.
Set up your seating die so that the bullet seater is fairly far out of the die and the die itself is fairly out of your press
Place a bullet into the neck and pull the handle forcing the ram up.
Screw your seater into the die until you can feel tension from the bullet, if you reach the end of the threads, back it out and thread in the die a bit.
In small increments, screw in the seater and then bring the ram to the top of its cycle, after each adjustment, stop and check the overall case length, until you have the correct seating depth.
Now screw out the seater and with the cartridge in the press and the press fully up, screw in the die until you feel it stop on the cartridge, pull the ram down and screw the die in 1/8th of a turn at a time until you get the desired amount of crimp.
Once you have the desired amount of crimp, screw the seater die down so that it is stopped by the bullet. You are now ready to seat all your bullets.
Once you have all your rounds finished, place them in an appropriate container, and label it with; caliber, powder and weight, overall length, brass length, date, bullet and weight, this way if the round proves to be accurate, you can always go back and duplicate it.
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