Re: Should I crimp my .243 hunting bullets?
No need to crimp in a bolt gun. I worried about that same thing when I first started. I throw them in my pocket, in the cup holder, all over the place with no problems. I always measure them when I get home to see if they change, and they never do. I'm loading my bullets almost to the lands too. In fact when I worked up a round for my rifle, I had several loads made with gradual increases in powder trying to find my max load. Once I found my max load, I still had 4-5 rounds left over that had too much powder in them for me to use. I didn't have a bullet puller at the time, so I used a pair of pliers (I DO NOT recomend this one bit for the record. I was being stupid, and have since bought the correct tool). To my surprise it took a great deal of force to pull the bullets from the brass. I would say that you are fine as long as you don't completely abuse them. My 2 cents.
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BlackHawk 0 Moa Picatinny Rail & 30mm Rings
Rifle Basix Sav-2 Trigger
168gr Berger VLD Hunting, Remington Brass, WLRM Primers, H1000 69 grains, .010" off the lands
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Howa 1500 .243
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55gr Nosler BT, 2.610" COAL
Norma Brass, WLR Primer, 45.5 gr Varget
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