tick marks on press and die
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When testing new loads I like to make settings standard on like expanding or belling brass, amount of crimp, makes bullet seating much more plug and play going from one bullet style to another.
For example, bullet seating, I take a belled piece of brass place it on the stockholder, screw down the seating/crimp die until the die is two finger tight, back it off one half of a full rotation, lower the ram seat a bullet on the primed, belled, and charged case. Run the ram back up seating the bullet the appropriate depth, lower ram loosen the bullet stem a couple rotations, tighten the die to the initial setting for zero crimp, two additional tick marks for my medium crimp, snug the bullet stem to the freshly seated and crimped round. Rinse and repeat for 99 more rounds.
Short answer, easily repeatable settings on dies with reasonable tolerance. Verses using just a “tich” more or less adjustments when loading.
I suppose that makes sense. I've been using a turret press lately and just leave my dies set up. The ones I do have to take out, I have a series of washers I set on top of the shell holder and thread the die down to to set it the same every time.
That most certainly works. My brass is segregated by lots, headstamp and length. To do the extreme minimal trimming, I have lots of varying lengths of brass separated into different lots, variances of about .004". This gives a easy work around but still gives reasonable close settings across the different lengths.
I trim mine every firing. I like things to be exact.
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