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Crimp or not?

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Unread 08-04-2011, 11:13 PM
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Crimp or not?

I have loaded shot gun and pistol shells for years but am new to rifle loading. I picked up everything to load for my new Savage FVSS 22-250. I bought 55 gr Hornady V-Max bullets, they have no cannelure. Do I need any crinp?

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    Unread 08-05-2011, 05:34 AM
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    Re: Crimp or not?

    No need to crimp for a bolt action rifle, especially a 22-250. Many Thousands of rounds loaded for 22 centerfires and I've never ever crimped a round.

    Some people do with semi-auto's but I don't know that it's absolutely necessary. Some do it on hard kicking guns too.?

    You'll most likely get better accuracy and more consistent neck tension by not crimping.
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    Re: Crimp or not?

    +1 I do not crimp either.
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    Re: Crimp or not?

    no need
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    Re: Crimp or not?

    Thanks, guys.
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    Re: Crimp or not?

    I have done some testing and have found that with "normal" bolt rifle chambers where you can get the bullets closer to the lands crimping is not necessary for best accuracy. But I have discovered in most of the old military rifles that have looooooooog throats and generous chambers the use of a Lee Factory Crimp Die has improved accuracy greatly for me. It has also improved accuracy in the loads that I use in my M1 Garand and my AR15 with certain loads.
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    Unread 08-06-2011, 07:11 PM
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    Re: Crimp or not?

    Agree with what RT2506 has written. I recently polled gents I shoot with about crimping their reloads. These guys have been reloading centerfire rifles much longer than I and are much more serious about accuracy than I and certainly have much more invested in their rifles and equipment than me. General consensus on criimping....don't do it unless ammo is for some semi auto rifle.
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