I don't have an outside one and did stop by sportsman's for lunch to upgrade (the lee one is small in my hand) but they didn't have one. I'll get one ordered.
I have yet to find a truly good outside reamer. They make VLD reamers which provide a very nice taper for the inside, but what is needed is a very shallow angle outside reamer, as we do not need a 45º bevel on the outside. That still leaves a burr protruding. Still, any outside deburring is better than none.I don't have an outside one and did stop by sportsman's for lunch to upgrade (the lee one is small in my hand) but they didn't have one. I'll get one ordered.
yes he needs the factory crimp die but trying to find one right now is like finding a female virgin at the mustang ranch.......aint gonna happen.
In the pictures it looks like there’s a small bit o space between the case wall and the boolet. Then again it could just be picture angle/lighting.
Slides in and out just fine, no resistance. Did it to the factory ammo to get a feel for it then my ammo, was the same. The crimp feels the same also although I see what you're saying. I might do a 1/16th of a turn down for just a hair more.In the pictures it looks like there’s a small bit o space between the case wall and the boolet. Then again it could just be picture angle/lighting.
The real question is, will it pass the plunk test? Taking the barrel out, drop the round in the chamber. Does it slide right in? Is there resistance? That’ll tell you if you’ve got enough crimp for sure.
Sizing die is touching, I believe I did it right.
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I am not using any lube as I read that I didn't need to because I have carbide dies. These are deprimed and sized and then put in the tumbler as directed by Lee's tumber instructions.
(The pics above are from a dirty casing that I've been using for testing before I use my cleaned brass)
I'll be rereading your posts tonight after work . Thanks everyone so far for your insight and suggestions.
You can go to Midway, look up the Lee 9mm factory crimp die, and put yourself on the "notify me" list. When they get a batch in, and they still do from time to time, people on the list are notified and if you follow up quickly, you can get one. I'm on the list for a Lee .45 ACP U die at present.
Good eye. Those are not the H&K chamber flutes, and it does not seem to be a brass defect, so it must be a dirty size die or dirty crimping die.Late to the thread but the vertical bright scratches after resizing are not normal. I have never seen anything like it.
Have you ever inspected and cleaned the inside of your sizing die?
Well, he shows it after sizing so I am thinking it's a dirty sizing die. I will start to see something very similar (but much less pronounced) on my 9mm brass after a lot of usage however since I have started a basic pre-cleaning of my brass prior to resizing I have not seen it return.so it must be a dirty size die or dirty crimping die.
Good point, I’ve not experienced this in many thousands of rounds reloaded, but all brass goes through a pre-clean tumbling before touching the dies. Thus the reason I’ve never encountered. Darn good advice!If his die AND brass are clean he should not need lube since he mentioned using carbide dies.
When I size 9mm (carbide & no lube) I hardly feel any resistance. I think it's a combo of dirty brass & die.
You need to polish the sizing die because it has brass galled in it.