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  • Seating tiny bullets

    Does anyone have a trick? I've been playing with the Swift, and been getting great groups with Barnes, 30gr, .224, spires, running FAST, but my fingers are paying for it.

    There's almost no tail to these and it's difficult to get them to balance on the mouth. I end up holding them as the case rams into the die and pinching my fingers every time. There must be a better way to do this, or something clever I'm not thinking of.

    Has anyone ever heard of someone flairing a rifle case? What about wrapping thin paper around the neck?

    Im thinking I may have to make a tool for this. Maybe get some of those long, flimsy hemos, and heat and bend them vertically so I can hold the bullet as the case enters the die...?
    “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive." C.S. Lewis

  • #2
    Are you using a VLD chamfer at the case mouth?
    This has held some small bullets quite well for me.

    I have even chamfered the case with the standard angle chamfer and vld both ..kind of like a 2 angle valve job
    Now all my cases get chamfered with VLD

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    • #3
      I cut a straw down as aid to hold bullet. It sticks up past mouth enough to aid in balancing bullet and as bullet seats, it gets pushed off case, if it needs help, pull the tag in to remove it.
      Quote from the Rev. Martin Niemöller, a Holocaust survivor:

      First, they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out -- because I was not a Socialist.

      Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out -- because I was not a Trade Unionist.

      Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out -- because I was not a Jew.

      Then they came for me -- and there was no one left to speak for me.

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      • #4
        You could try a Lyman "M" die which is used to slightly flare the neck and make it easier to seat cast bullets. You'd then have to readjust your seating die slightly to remove the flare. That's probably how I'd do it if I was to use a bullet that small when loading .223's and the .22 Hornet.
        Paul B.

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        • #5
          I have small fingers, so it's hasn't been much of an issue for me, but I use RCBS Comp die's now days.

          The competition seating die (RCBS) will entirely eliminate this issue. You just raise the ram up until the mouth has contacted the bullet guide, drop the bullet in the window, then finish seating the bullet. I love my Comp die's, they make the process painless, and they also ensure proper alignment with the case mouth.

          HBC

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          • #6
            Thanks RobertMT. That's perfect!
            “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive." C.S. Lewis

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            • #7
              With my mitts, I had to come up with way to hold them bitty bullets.
              Quote from the Rev. Martin Niemöller, a Holocaust survivor:

              First, they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out -- because I was not a Socialist.

              Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out -- because I was not a Trade Unionist.

              Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out -- because I was not a Jew.

              Then they came for me -- and there was no one left to speak for me.

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              • #8
                RobertMT : your tool is nothing short of brilliant!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by JoeBUtah View Post
                  RobertMT : your tool is nothing short of brilliant!
                  Yeah it is. Robert is a charter member of The Northern Lights, doncha know.
                  Wimachtendienk, Wingolauchsik, Witahemui

                  He who knows not and knows not that he knows not, is a fool.
                  He who knows not and knows he knows not is wise.

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                  • #10
                    That's certainly an inexpensive alternative to a competition seating die. Cool!

                    HBC

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                    • #11
                      Tweezers....seriously.
                      The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity.

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