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Old October 26th, 2013, 08:27 PM   #1
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Ruger alaskan 454 reloading trouble

Hello all,
New to the forum. I just bought a new alaskan in .454 and am having all sorts of trouble getting my hand loads to function properly. I am hoping that someone will be able to offer advice.

Problem#1: the rcbs reloading die scrapes along side the 360 gn cast lead bullet during the seating process even though the case mouth is adequately belled out. This takes a fine layer off the bullet as it is seated. I have fiddled with the die and cant get it to work properly.

Problem #2: bullets jump the rolled crimp to the extent that the cylinder can not rotate. Any advice is appreciated.

I apologize in advance if this is the wrong forum for this post, but I could not locate a better spot.

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Old October 27th, 2013, 08:58 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum. Someone will come along soon and answer your questions, I'm sure.
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Old October 27th, 2013, 11:43 AM   #3
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This thread should be moved to the reloading section, since it has nothing in particular to do with the gun you have.
A friend of mine had the same problem with a RCBS die, and we found a burr in the carbide (!) which he removed with a round stone. And, your bullets are jumping because of insufficient crimp.
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I've got a .454 Alaskan also and shoot primarily handloads.

Cant help with #1 without more info or pics.

As for #2, you really gotta use a hefty roll crimp to keep the bullets from jumping under recoil. Depending on the loads you're using and how you hold the thing when you shoot it, even with a proper crimp you may still see a little forward movement in the bullets. The gun is light enough that it accelerates pretty violently which only makes the problem worse, especially when you're using really heavy bullets like the 360gr. The heaviest I've shot out of mine are 300's and I've had good luck keeping the bullets in place with some max loads.

Experiment with havier crimps. If that doesnt work, you may have to either decrease your powder charge, change powders, or go with a lighter bullet.
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