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Hi,

I have been loading the .444 Marlin for years with 240g bullets. I started loading the 265g Hornady bullet some time ago and noticed I was getting a very slight "bulge" where the base of the bullet stops in the case. When I load 300g bullets the "bulge" is very noticable. The cases still chamber fine, but it "urks" me.

This problem is no where near as pronounced with "new" brass so I am suspecting that my dies are somewhat undersized.

Has anyone else seen this? BTW, it's not happening during the crimping process because I crimp them seperate from the seating process using a lee factory crimp die.
 

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Not uncommon with straight or nearly straight cases. If they chamber without any additional resistance (as compared to the 240gr. reloads) then don't worry about it.

I suspect that you can back your sizing die out of the press just a bit so that the case isn't resized so much, if it really bothers you.

It is really nothing to worry about. Very common with .44 mag, .45 Colt, etc., loads.
 
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Hi,

I have been loading the .444 Marlin for years with 240g bullets. I started loading the 265g Hornady bullet some time ago and noticed I was getting a very slight "bulge" where the base of the bullet stops in the case. When I load 300g bullets the "bulge" is very noticable. The cases still chamber fine, but it "urks" me.

This problem is no where near as pronounced with "new" brass so I am suspecting that my dies are somewhat undersized.

Has anyone else seen this? BTW, it's not happening during the crimping process because I crimp them seperate from the seating process using a lee factory crimp die.
brass is getting tired, use the new brass for heavy hitters & load your lighter ones in older, just keep an eye on it
 

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Actually, tend to rely on that bit of a bulge ....considering how they bounce back and forth in the mag. tube, just makes me a bit more comfortable to have that kind of a stop rather than hoping just the crimp holds the bullet in place.
 

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This is the second zombie thread you resurrected. Apparently there isn't much going on in Jersey at 2am....
Why don't you start with the rules in This sticky.

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