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08-10-2019 11:15 PM
Apuesto Same issue here. I have no problem with jacketed bullets, but cast is killing me. I swage the down to 357" but they still won't seat. I'm at the point where I'm thinking to swage them down to .356".


My reloads works is all my other 357s, but their cylinder throats take a .358" plus pin gauge easily. My FA just barely takes a .357" plus pin gauge.
06-16-2019 10:16 AM
Nick B
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Originally Posted by lumpy grits View Post
Remove the cyl-Can you put the bullet end of the rnd up to the case in from the front of the cyl?
If no-It's the throat.
LG
I’ll check as soon as I get more cast bullets loaded .
Been away on vacation.
06-02-2019 10:30 AM
lumpy grits
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Originally Posted by Nick B View Post
My M97 in .357 is the same as the OP. Only ammunition that is loaded with .357 diameter cast or jacketed bullets will chamber .
.358 won’t chamber all the way .
Remove the cyl-Can you put the bullet end of the rnd up to the case in from the front of the cyl?
If no-It's the throat.
LG
06-01-2019 09:24 PM
Nick B My M97 in .357 is the same as the OP. Only ammunition that is loaded with .357 diameter cast or jacketed bullets will chamber .
.358 won’t chamber all the way .
06-01-2019 08:27 PM
lumpy grits FA chambers and throat are cut to min-specs.
First see if you can push just your bullet through the throat of the cylinder with a pencil or such.
Do this from the back side of the cylinder......
LG
05-28-2019 10:57 PM
stikshooter Try Getting a Lee push thru sizer. I have a MP 8cav 168 gr /360 mold and get a lot of use out of it with my new to me 357 maxi Handi rifle . The boolit drops at 360-362 I then run it thru my Lyman 450 lube sizer to 358/then powder coat which brings it up to 360 again and it goes again thru the sizer @359 which is what the maxi shoots best .Factory crimp is not going to change a boolit that"s to fat especially if the BHN is hard 16-20 . I PC mine because the BHN is 14 and it lets me push them a little faster without leading while making perfect mushrooms
05-28-2019 10:00 PM
parisite I always try to purchase flat base non beveled cast bullets. I've always thought they grouped better. The longer the distance the more noticeable it becomes.
02-07-2019 11:41 PM
biquer My new model 83, .44 magnum's chambers were a too tight fit for Moyers 240 grain/.430" cast SWC which worked well for many thousands that shot through Super Blackhawk and Vaquero. Seating them a bit deeper, just past the crimp groove and my usual roll crimp with Redding crimp die, fit well. The moderate charge of WW 296 and Federal LPM primers showed no signs of too much pressure with empty brass that easily fell out the chambers.
Perhaps there's something there to apply to .357?
02-06-2019 06:24 PM
lumpy grits Try more crimp. Turn the FCD thumb screw 1/4 turn to the right.
Also might flare the case mouth a tad more, to help guide the bullet.
Dillon has the case gauge you need--
LG
02-06-2019 04:25 PM
JayCee LG, here's a (not very good) pic of the round in question. It's not obvious from the picture, but the FCD scraped off a bit of the coating on the front driving band. I always set the FCD in accordance with Lee's instructions, i.e., lightly touching the shell holder at full extension of the ram.

I always check rounds that will be fired in automatic pistols with a Wilson case gauge, but I've never bothered to do so with revolver cartridges. Factory ammo fits fine, although I rarely if ever shoot factory cartridges out of any FA revolver. This is the first time I've encountered any problems with reloads, but evidently in this case it's because the MB bullets are ever so slightly larger in diameter than the ones I've used previously.

I'll take the gun out tomorrow for a shooting session and see what kind of accuracy I'm getting with these bullets.
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