reloading cast bullets with lee loader

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by saggypants, Feb 12, 2010.

  1. saggypants

    saggypants New Member


    I'm just getting into reloading and I've found this forum to have a wealth of great information. My setup is the most basic of all; a $20 9mm Lee Loader. Here's my question:

    When I reload with cast bullets(147 grain, wax-ring, .356), upon pressing the bullet into the freshly sized and reamed case, I always get a ring of lead that gets shaved off the round. As a result, I have to scrape the lead ring off the completed cartridge. Should I continue doing this or should I somehow size/crimp the cartridge after I seat the bullet?

    If I just keep loading this way, could my accuracy be suffering?

    Thanks for your help
  2. m72law

    m72law New Member

    Chamfer much?

  3. jpattersonnh

    jpattersonnh Active Member

    +1. You need to chamfor the inside of the case mouth.
  4. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

    The mouth of the case is not getting belled enough. And, yes, this will adversely effect your accuracy.
  5. gandog56

    gandog56 Member

    You got to be kidding me. You actually use a Lee Loader for 9mm? As far as I know a Lee Loader neck sizes only and does not put a bell on the case. No wonder you're having a problem getting lead bullets in. Lead bullets are usually sized .001-.002" over a jacketed bullet. Do you have a press at all? Because then you could get the Lee Universal Expander die. Of course, if you had a press, it would just be easier to get a carbide die set for 9mm. And I'll bet you would reload them 10-20 times faster.
  6. Silvertip 44

    Silvertip 44 New Member

    I agree with gandog. The Lee handloader is a great way to start, but the ammo produced may at times give problems due to sizing.
    I started out in the middle 60's loading shotshells and then .30-06 rifle with these tools. The shotshells could only be pushed into a chamber such as my dbl barrel. The '06 gave a problem right off with the Remington 742 autoloader.
    Trying to load 9mm for an autoloading pistol and using cast bullets will give problems that only proper sizing and seating dies will eliminate. You really need a press and a set of carbide dies as well as a Lee factory finish sizing die for the autoloading pistol especially if you are using cast bullets.
    Also your cast bullets should be properly sized.
    Lee makes probably the most price reasonable equipment for reloading. You should check out what they have to offer.
    Get a good loading manual as well---Lyman.