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    reloading Problem

    I've got a 4 stage Lee Turret press, and I had a bullet get stuck in the 4th die today. I was loading .45 Colt rounds, and it was the first one with a new box of bullets. They are .452 diameter. Everything up to the fourth stage was fine, but it won't come out of the fourth die now. It's got some movement, but I think something is hung somewhere. Has this ever happened to anyone? Any ideas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ga9mm View Post
    I've got a 4 stage Lee Turret press, and I had a bullet get stuck in the 4th die today. I was loading .45 Colt rounds, and it was the first one with a new box of bullets. They are .452 diameter. Everything up to the fourth stage was fine, but it won't come out of the fourth die now. It's got some movement, but I think something is hung somewhere. Has this ever happened to anyone? Any ideas?
    So it got stuck in the factory crimp die? Are you also using Lee dies? Have you used these Dies before?

    I've loaded thousands of rounds on my lee turret press and never had an issue with the factory crimp die.
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    Yep - it's all Lee stuff. I've loaded about 200-250 with lead cast bullets in it without incident, save for two cases that got bent (I think that was an operator error). I just opened the box of bullets this morning to kill some time before work, and the first one hung in the crimp die.

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    I'd start buy measuring and making sure those new bullets are in spec. Then measure a resized case and make sure the sizing die is doing it's job. After you get that case out check and make sure you didn't get any lead build up from the lead rounds you loaded earlier.

    At what stage did you bend the other cases? How heavy of a crimp are you putting on the rounds?
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    I bent the other cases on the first stage. I think it was my fault, not making sure they were all the way in the shell holder. It was too inconsistent and rare for there to be a problem, I would think.

    Any suggestions on how to get the bullet out? I tried moving the arm back down, and couldn't do it. I was afraid to push down on it really hard, for fear of causing damage. I was able to turn the turret and get the bullet out of the shell holder, but it still didn't do anything for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ga9mm View Post
    I bent the other cases on the first stage. I think it was my fault, not making sure they were all the way in the shell holder. It was too inconsistent and rare for there to be a problem, I would think.

    Any suggestions on how to get the bullet out? I tried moving the arm back down, and couldn't do it. I was afraid to push down on it really hard, for fear of causing damage. I was able to turn the turret and get the bullet out of the shell holder, but it still didn't do anything for me.
    You should be able to unscrew the crimp adjuster and remove it. Backing it off some or removing it may free up the case. If not then you can try and slowly put more pressure on the arm. The worse that'll happen is it'll rip the rim off the case. You may want to take the priming ram rod out first. Just to make sure if it pops out quickly you don't come all the way down and slam the primer.

    Just be careful because you basically have a live chambered round in your crimp die. I would also avoid trying to tap it out from the top. That'll just keep seating the bullet back.
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    Thanks, I'll try that when I get home. I did take the priming rod out first, for that reason. It's a big bullet to accidentally hit the primer...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ga9mm View Post
    Thanks, I'll try that when I get home. I did take the priming rod out first, for that reason. It's a big bullet to accidentally hit the primer...
    Let me know what happens. I'd be curious to know whats causing your issue.

    When I get home I'll look at mine also and see if any other ideas pop into my head.

    Good luck!
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    Will do. Thanks!!

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    Hey guys I'm fIrly new here but not to guns. I'm humming of getting into
    doing my own reloads, I have a 9mm sigma I just nought, and a
    40 CAL. beretta vertec. How would you recomend me to go about
    doing this?

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