Why do we crimp the 45-70 with a heavy crimp? Any crimp that will prevent the bullet from moving back into the case should be adequate and that would be just enough to catch the crimp groove. A very light crimp that is nearly invisible. I have heard of a number of disadvantages to heavy roll crimp and the LFC on cast bullets.
I don't use a heavy crimp; moderate, to insure consistent ignition shot to shot. Higher velocities can be obtained from a moderate crimp vs no crimp, which we learned while taking those readings a couple of weeks ago.. BUT I agree a heavy crimp does nothing for you except build unneeded or unwanted higher pressures.
I agree completely JB
The bullet is held in place by neck-tension, not by the crimp. No matter how heavy the crimp may be, it can never hold the bullet in place without proper neck tension.
So, the answer to your question is – the crimp is just for looks and to keep the edges of the case mouth from hanging up in the action during cycling.
Oh – and I too despise that Lee FCD for use with cast bullets in the 45-70…
Never used a LFCD on 45-70................Or anything else for that matter, But I agree, only enough crimp to reliably keep the bullet from moving is all that is necessary...............
I think most Rest Shooters would agree....................
IF, you use a heavy crimp, and your die is biased to a stronger crimp on one side...........you'll not get repeatable POI accuracy unless you "Clock" each bullet into the chamber exactly as it comes out of the seating/crimping die............and even then, other parameters (varibles) come into play.
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I agree..I dont think a heavy crimp is needed.. Just enough to keep the bullet secure.. the only rifle rounds I do crimp is tube fed rounds.. my bolts, ar's, single shot's I dont crimp.
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I also agree that a light to moderate crimp is needed for tube fed rounds. This keeps the bullet secure and helps with consistent pressure.
I also put a light crimp on my 300 weatherby rounds to keep the bullets from being pushed back under recoil while in the magazine.
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What's the downside to a lfc die and cast bullets?
Another issue that I have found with a crimp is the very slight bulge that it causes at the case mouth where the crimp tool rolls the case over into the crimp. That makes crimped rounds hard to chamber on rifles with a tight chamber (38-55 CB). Several reloaders on this forum have complained of this, thinking that the cause is COAL or a bullet issue when it could be simply too much crimp. Since the chamber is tapered, shortening the case length moves the crimp roll back just enough to alleviate the issue and the reloader thinks the case length/COAL was the issue.
Think about it, then draw you own conclusions.
So your no worse off with a lfc than a roll crimp? They both distort the the cast bullet to a degree? Veral talks about loading a cast bullet on top of a compressed powder charge, with no crimp ,and it (cast bullet)not moving.
Last edited by rooterpig; 08-16-2012 at 04:09 PM.
Well Jim has a valid point, but there is more to play here. If we chose Brass with a consistent rim diameter and held trim length to .001 +/-, coupled with a a consistent bullet diameter; in other words play the PITA game the Bench rest shooters do, then yes Crimping doesn't mean anything. However I think the average reloader, buys a bag/box of Starline brass, maybe trims for OAL and does his thing.
I have found inconsistent diameters in bullets from all manufactures and the same with rim diameter on Brass. A change of +.001 at any one point on brass will change the crimp on any bullet.
I think for the average shooter our +/- .001 still provides reliable accuracy at most given distances for hunting purposes. Ringing the gong at 200 yards is not as critical as ringing it at 600 yards, assuming the targets are the same size.
I think when you factor in the type of Powder, coupled with the load density Bullet dynamics change from load to load.
I also think as reloaders we have to decide what is best for each of us. JBledsoes' loads, and I have shot them out of my Marlins, are very accurate. However, if I am hunting and the rounds may be exposed to environmental elements couple with my crawling around or falling down, (Lord Forbid), I wouldn't want a round to be pushed into a case creating excessive pressure that could prove to be a problem in the field.
If in Fact I was going to load some rounds for the Bench only, I would buy another seating die and mark it as such for NON CRIMPED loads, as I hate to mess with perfection....