Originally Posted by JayR
It is a slightly compressed load, but I was thinking the problem might be a combination of bullet inconsistencies and and the regular stem hitting above the ogive.
It sure could be bullet inconsistancies or stem problems but I would try the following first.
IMHO on "any" compressed load you have to take extra precautions with "any" bullet to maintain consistant base to ojive dimensions.
A couple of things you might try:
- Use an extented tube on your powder funnel
- If you do not have an extended tube you can fill your brass with powder, then take brass with powder in it and tap "lightly" on your reloading table.
The purpose of both above suggestions is to allow the kernels of powder to align themselves within the brass rather than just stacking one on top of the other.
Another thing you can do is seat your bullet 1/3 the way down, lift your ram slightly and rotate your brass 120 degrees, push ram down to seat to 2/3 way home, lift ram rotate brass final seat, lift ram and repeat final stroke 2-3 times.
Keep in mind - and I do not know your bullet seating procedure - but if you just seat a bullet on a compressed charge with one stroke you will be smashing or crushing kernels of powder and it will not be consistant oal more than likely.