Originally Posted by tikkat3270wsm
I am adjusting the seating depth by turning the die down. that is the way I was shown. now that u say something , it only makes sense. I should be using the bolt on top. Sorry about this guys. I am really new to this
Yes you adjust seating depth by turning down the screw in the center (seating stem) turning down the die body you literally gave your case no choice but to crush.
Take and empty put in your press and run the ram all the way up, turn down your die body till you feel it contact the case and back the die out 1/2turn and set the locking ring, now you can start turning down your seating stem to change the bullets seating depth. As for where to start I usually find how far out my bullet will be to contact the lands and seat it 0.020" deeper (i.e.0.020" clearance away from the rifling). In some rifle this will be to long to fit in the magazine.
Keep asking questions, folks on here are glad to help and most know their $&%@ very well and would rather help you than have you get hurt or damage your rifle
Keep in mind the animals we shoot for food and display are not bullet proof. Contrary to popular belief, they bleed and die just like they did a hundred years ago. Being competent with a given rifle is far more important than impressive ballistics and poor shootability. High velocity misses never put a steak in the freezer.