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    .350 Legend loading issue

    Is there a trick to this? I swear I'm banging my head against the wall trying to sort this out, Lee Dies, including FCD, new Star-Line brass, Hornady .355 170gr bullets. the brass gauges perfectly before loading with a Lyman case gauge....yet when I drop the powder, seat the bullet, and lightly crimp it, it fails the case gauge. I have tried adjusting my dies time and again....There is something I'm missing here...is it possible there is something unique to the .350 Legend in terms of loading?

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    It could be too much crimp, and it is buckling the front shoulder of the case.
    I would try one in the gun itself, and see if they chamber.
    If so, it could be just a tight case gauge, and you may have a bigger chamber.


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    The rifle runs perfect on factory loads...no issues, I am seeing a bit of a bulge in the case where the bullet is seated.


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    Just spent a little time with a set of calipers.....my reload versus a factory load, the only area I'm seeing any real measurable difference is at the base of the case, just above the head, I measured .485 for the factory load and .492 for the reload. rifle will not chamber the reload.


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    I use the same brass with RCBS dies and havenít had any issues. I canít speak to setting up Lee but I could do a video this weekend on how I set my dies up if you think that would help. Let me know.


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    that would be helpful, thanks.


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    Cool Iíll do it this weekend. Itíll end up being something simple. I had same issues with 30.06 and it ended up being something simple.


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    I guess you are seating and crimping in different steps with a FCD? Can you chamber a case in your gun just before you add powder? If the brass chambers nice then, it has to be something in the neck area that changes with seating and crimping.

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    After playing with it for a while....I've just come to the conclusion that a small base resizing die is probably what is going to solve this issue, anything I ran through the Lee die will not chamber.


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    That is strange. I load for the 350 Legend as well and use Lee dies. I have no issues with chambering. What gun are you using? I have the Ruger American bolt and it run fine.

    Currently reloading for .380 ACP, 9MM,327 Federal Mag, 38 Special, .357 Mag, 40 S&W, 44 Mag, 45 ACP, .458 Socom, .223 Remington, 22-250,7MM Remington Mag, 30-06 and 340 Weatherby Mag, 50 Beowolf

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