I had a 'situation' while reloading .380 RN lead bullets. I thought I'd share my experience with those that someday just might have the same problem as I did and how to resolve it. I've only been reloading .38 spl rounds. So I decided to also reload .380 lead RN's for plinking. I bought a die set of RCBS .380 carb. I ordered and received a box of .95 Gr lead RN .380 bullets from a pvt dealer on the internet and was all set to start. The process was going smooth until I was at the bullet seating step. When I was seating the bullet slowly for depth, on the 3rd press, the shell came down minus the bullet. It was stuck inside the die. When I unscrewed the 'plunger, I saw that the 'cup' for seating was impacted into the soft lead.
This was a new unexpected situation for me. I haven't been reloading for too long
. After doing it a few times I came to the conclusion that the 'plunger cup' was too small for the head of the lead bullet. I called RCBS's 800 number and explained the situation. Couldn't have spoken to a nicer RCBS customer service person. She explained that the lead casted bullet was too big for the RCBS .380 cup. It can be corrected by sending in 3 lead bullets along with a small letter of explanation and a check for $21.45.
They will made a custom 'cup ' to the size of the lead bullet and send it back in about 2 weeks.
So I'll have two seaters now. I figured this might be a good thing, that if in the future, I order from other dealers or buy bullets from direct store, I'll have options if it happens again. I hope this will help those also new to reloading adventures.