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AUGUST 2016 NEWSLETTER
Robin and I are excited to announce that Titan Reloading will be moving during the month of August. Last fall we bought a building on the other side of Hartford and we are very close to having it ready for our move. The exact dates of the move are not known as yet due to the final work that needs to be done but we anticipate the middle of this month. We will be placing the website in maintenance mode while we move so we can take a complete inventory during the process. We hope to complete the move in two days and when done the website will be up and running as usual. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause but fear not, we will better than ever once we are done.
We are truly enjoying all the friends we have made through Titan Reloading and look forward to many more. Feel free to contact us. When possible, please email us rather than call. Due to our limited phone system and staff we are able to respond to your questions quicker via email. Please include your full name or order ID number with any order inquiries. Service and Support is our top priority. As always, you will find many answers to questions in the “FAQ” and “Help Videos” areas of our website www.titanreloading.com . Check us out on Google+ and Facebook .
Dennis / Titan Reloading
LEE CLASSIC CAST BREECH LOCK PRESS KIT
GET $20 OFF THIS KIT IN AUGUST
GO TO VIEW CART AND USE COUPON CODE 1608
If you are getting started or moving up to the best, this kit is for you. The kit is built around the rigid, cast iron Lee Breech Lock Classic Cast Press with a Breech Lock Quick Change Bushing.
The kit also includes the new Lee Classic Powder Measure and the new universal powder measure stand. Complete case preparation tools including the new Deluxe Quick Trim Case Trimmer, primer pocket cleaner, chamfer tool, and cutter and lock stud for Lee Case Length Gauge trimming system.
Check your loads with the included Lee Safety Powder Scale.
Priming is accomplished with the Lee Ergo-Prime tool. The kit includes a complete set of shell holders for hundreds of cartridges.
The kit is completed with Modern Reloading. The complete guide to reloading featuring 167 cartridges with over 28,000 loads. This kit and a set of Lee dies gives you everything you need to setup the finest reloading system. Purchased separately it would cost nearly $485.00.
Includes the Classic Cast Breech Lock Press and one Breech Lock quick-change bushing.
Press Type: Single Stage
Frame Material: Cast Iron
Frame Design: O Frame
Frame Offset: 30 Degrees
Frame Opening Size: 4-1/2″
Handle Location: Bottom Right or Left
Die Size Accepted: Standard 7/8″-14 Threaded Dies
Die Bushing Accepted: Yes
Die Bushing Brand Used: Lee Breech Lock Quick Change Bushings
Spent Primer Collection System: Yes
Ram Stroke: 4″
Ram Diameter: 1 1/8″
Priming Feature: LPS System
Number of Mounting Holes: 3
Mounting Hardware Included: No
Classic Cast Breech Lock single stage press
1 Breech Lock Die Bushing
Lee Safety Scale
Classic Powder Measure
Deluxe Quick Trim
Lock Stud and Cutter
Lee chamfer tool
Primer Pocket Cleaner
Set of Auto-Prime Shell Holders
Tube of Sizing Lube.
A Lee Case Length Gauge, sold on the Case Length Gauges page, will need to be purchased for each caliber being reloaded for the Lock Stud and Cutter.
A Lee Quick Trim Die, sold on the Quick Trim page, will need to be purchased for each caliber being reloaded for the Value Quick Trim.
INSIGHT OF THE MONTH:
Bullet Seating Die Adjustment
The trick is to set the bullet seating depth first, then the crimp. This is done as follows; With an empty, sized case in the shell holder, hold the ram at the top of its stroke. Turn the bullet seating die body down over the case until you feel it come to a stop. This will be when the case mouth contacts the crimp shoulder inside the die. Mark this position by turning the lock ring down against the turret or press frame. Now adjust your bullet seating depth. Once you have the bullet seated to the desired depth, back the bullet seater adjuster out about 1 turn. Now turn the bullet seating die body in to apply the desired crimp. Once this is established, hold the ram at the top of its stroke and spin the bullet seater adjuster down until it stops.
It is a good idea to carry this out with an empty case, so that after you have seated the bullet, you have a perfectly safe “dummy” cartridge (or gauge) to repetitively set seating depth and crimp on future occasions.
Once you have this “dummy” gauge, all you have to do is place it in the shell holder, raise the ram to the top of its stroke, turn the bullet seating body down until it stops, and then turn the bullet seating depth adjuster in until it stops. Since the crimp and the seating depth were already set, the die will return to very close to the same settings.
Seating Depth Variations
There are a number of possible causes for overall length variation. One is the way it is measured. If you measure overall length from the tip of the bullet to the base of the case, remember to subtract the variation due to bullet length tolerance. The bullets will vary in length due to manufacturing tolerances (bullets with exposed lead noses are the worst in this regard) and this will add to the overall cartridge length variation. Remember that the bullet seater plug does not (or shouldn’t) contact the tip of the bullet when seating, but contacts farther down the ogive. For a more accurate seating depth measurement, take the seater plug out of the bullet seating die, place it on top of the cartridge and measure from the base of the case to the top of the seater plug.
Another possible cause for bullet seating depth variation is seating and crimping at the same time when trying to apply a firm crimp to untrimmed cases. Variation in case length also causes variation in the amount of crimp applied. Long cases get a heavier crimp than short ones. When seating and crimping at the same time, the crimp is formed as the bullet is seated into the case. The crimp will form sooner on a long case, and therefore the bullet will not be seated as deeply. The solution is to seat and crimp in a separate step (the Lee Factory Crimp die is good for this) and/or trim cases to a uniform length.