I have a mixed relationship with crimping rifle rounds. When I first started reloading I decided to load a few boxes of 30-06 combined technology ballistic silvertips. I thought it would be cool to crimp them because my reloading manual talked about it. Well, I slightly over crimped (roll) about 150 rounds, slightly misshaped my brass. I couldn't tell until I tried to chamber a round and the bolt wouldn't turn over. That led me down the road of various bullet pulling devices. Man, thinking back I have made many many mistakes reloading...getting brass stuck in dies, using the wrong primer for the round, deforming brass/bullets and many other stupid mistakes, and I have yet to blow myself up--so lucky. Oh the fun!
Since ruining a bunch of rounds crimping rifle bullets I now follow the rule that I don't crimp unless the bullet has a cannelure. I only roll crimp as I am a revolver guy, but after the AR blew up thread maybe I need to buy a taper crimp die for my 223 rounds.
I would only have several thousand to run through it--sounds like an enjoyable day! :shock:
Being that most all of my 223 ammo is Hornady vmax without cannelure would it be a prudent investment of time and $ to get one of these?
I have never had an issue with ARs moving bullets in my reloads but neither did Al until his blew up.
Anyone every try to roll crimp plated lead handgun bullets without a cannelure--that's some fun! On a whim, I bought a bunch of plated rounds for my 44 mag and regardless of my aggressive roll crimping they still work themselves out even with 44 special power loadings. Stupid bullets, I can only load three at a time, otherwise they work themselves out and jam my cylinder. Sorry for the derailment, this thread is about rifles.
So is it worth buying taper crimp dies for your rifles to use when no cannelure is present or maybe you want to take the bullet out to the lands and can't use the cannelure (bullets look dumb this way)? or just roll crimp super lightly--I don't want to try that again to tell ya the truth.