45 ACP out of Spec

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45 ACP out of Spec

Postby killian6pk » 29 Jul 2022 15:39

I reloaded about 100 45 ACP maybe 2-3 years ago and forgot about them (old age). I found them yesterday and started checking them to make sure they were ok (spec wise). Mainly because I had loaded them when I first got started with reloading. I got out my calipers and most of them were over the 1.275 max oal. Can I just seat them a little further in the case (worried about the primers)? They do not need a lot of additional seating.
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Re: 45 ACP out of Spec

Postby wilecoyote » 29 Jul 2022 16:14

... if it were my stuff I would do it without any problem.
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Re: 45 ACP out of Spec

Postby Macd » 29 Jul 2022 17:07

Make sure you remove primer stem/seater on press if so equipped. Other than that not much to worry about especially as you note it is only a small amount needed.
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Re: 45 ACP out of Spec

Postby mr surveyor » 29 Jul 2022 20:34

before you start screwing with them see if they will properly fit your pistol's magazine. If so, see if they will cycle in the gun.

Some guns are different.


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ETA: forgot to mention the number 1 test - remove the barrel from the gun and use it for a cartridge test gage ... the "plunk test! If they will drop into the barrel and properly headspace on the case mouth (you can tell when they do), and they will cycle through the action, you're probably good to go.

It's always been my understanding that a little long in oal isn't going to create "mini-bombs", so I wouldn't sweat that. The concern is cycling and proper headspacing.

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Re: 45 ACP out of Spec

Postby GasGuzzler » 30 Jul 2022 04:14

Exactly. Check fit in magazine then chamber. Pass both tests then shoot as is.

Not sure what stem to remove in the suggestions above. There's no difference running those through again than when they went through the dies the first time if all you're doing is the last step...especially on a non-roll crimp AUTO round.
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Re: 45 ACP out of Spec

Postby killian6pk » 30 Jul 2022 10:06

As usual I posted this question while in a hurry. I left out the most important part. When I checked the rounds in a cartridge gauge Most of them will not fall flush they stick out about 1/4 to 3/8" out of the gauge. This probably means I did not run the cases through the sizing die or did not have it properly adjusted. So now I am faced with pulling the bullets and powder and running the cases back through the die with the primers in them. Is this going to cause a big boom. I plan on taking the deprimeing rod out before doing this of course. Then I can put powder and bullets in them and seat them to the correct depth.
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Re: 45 ACP out of Spec

Postby Ohio3Wheels » 30 Jul 2022 12:29

Yes, to all of the above. Pull them down, save the powder and bullets, take the deprime rod out of the sizing die, resize and reload. I've had to do it a few times for various reson.

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Re: 45 ACP out of Spec

Postby killian6pk » 30 Jul 2022 14:12

Thanks guys, figured that was what needed to be done.
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Re: 45 ACP out of Spec

Postby mikld » 01 Aug 2022 11:58

I'd plunk test them in the barrel of the intended gun. (I have no use for "cartridge gauges"). If they plunk OK, shoot 'em...
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Re: 45 ACP out of Spec

Postby killian6pk » 06 Aug 2022 13:02

I'll try that. I believe after taking a few of these apart and resizing and seating (without powder) to set up my dies, that what happened was these were never taper crimped. When I checked the dummies I made they also would not fit into the gauge. I was under the impression that you did not need to crimp .45 and 9's. Was I wrong?
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