To whomever can help, I just started reloading 45 acp and shot a few test loads today with not so good results. Nothing disastrous, but 3 out of 4 test loads wouldn't cycle properly. I have been reloading 9mm for about 3 months and 2500 rounds with great results using a variety of loads and bullets. Is 45 acp that different? I use Lyman's, Hogdon's, and loaddata.com for my references. Here's what I tried for the 45 acp reloads: Berry's 185 gr RN DS, CCI 300 large pistol primers, and various tumbled brass on all four lots. OAL = 1.275 on all lots. I loaded 10 rounds each for a total of 40 rounds. The only difference is two different powders with two different amounts for each. Lot 1 - Blue Dot 8.0 grain Lot 2 - Blue Dot 9.0 grain Lot 3 - Bullseye 4.5 grain Lot 4 - Bullseye 5.2 grain Lot 4 is the only one that cycled okay, no FTE, and no FTL; however, it only threw the brass about 1-2 foot high and 2-3 foot to the side whereas standard factory brass flies about 2-3 feet up and 3-4 feet to the side from a sitting/bench position. These reloads are for plinking and drill practice only so I do not need anything hot at all, but is this still too light of a load? After shooting, I made up another couple of test loads with Bullseye 5.3 gr and 5.6 gr that I will test fire tomorrow. I have one other powder on hand (HS-6) that I plan to create a test load or two tomorrow. One more thing, I noticed when I check the reloads in my case gage most are not completely flush and seem to sink just ever-so-slightly beyond the head side of the gage. Their OAL is good, just a very slight depression on the head side. When I raise my crimp die by only 1/8 of a turn they do not slide into the case gage without manual pressure, so I feel like I have the crimp die adjusted properly but, does this mean anything? I hope I don't sound too juvenile with these questions. I'm just looking some help from you veterans out there. Any advice would be appreciated?