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    made a stupid mistake

    So I am loading some 44 magnum on my Lee classic turret. For some reason I wanted the case mouth open a little more. Never remeasured the cases. So I am at the range today the first half of 100 rounds I loaded is perfect. When I reach the point where I changed the case mouth none of the bullets will fit in the chamber of my revolver. So I have a little dilemma do I pull all 50 bullets and resize or does some one think it is wise to remove the decapping pin from the sizeing die. I tried to remove pin to resize but it won't budge . Any Ideas or should I just chuck the 50 rounds and have it be a lesson learned.
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    Safety.

    Is the slight chance of catastrophic failure worth the amount of 50 reloads?
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    don't. do. it.
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    There's a reason someone invented an eraser for reloading. Time to use it.

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    When you speak of removing the de-capping pin are you suggesting resizing the already loaded rounds? If so, you should make that clear. There are problems with doing that. Check your manual.

    I suggest pulling the bullets from those rounds and starting over. Check a few cases for size and fit before you reload them all and note that changing the crimp of the case mouth can change your pressure curve. I suggest measuring the diameter of your known good rounds (if you have any left) so you can duplicate those final dimensions. You should be OK. Otherwise, I would treat it as a new loading and work back up to a safe pressure.

    Some may not consider that necessary but I like to stay with a known proceedure

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    Sounds like you need to adjust your crimp die down,if your seating and crimping with the same die,back the seating part out so you won't seat the bullet any lower,raise the ram up with the loaded cartridge and turn the crimp die down until it touches,lower the ram and turn the crimp die down 1/2 turn run the ram up and after recrimping then see if the round will fit in the chamber,if not turn it down in 1/2 turn increments until it does.
    Or you could get rid of the problem by buying a LEE Factory Crimp Die,and after adjusting the die run the cartridges thru it,not only does it crimp without buckling the case,but it also sizes the case while doing it.after numerous problems over the years I have them for all my pistol calibers
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    I would buy a wilson case gauge for 19.00 an use it from now on. I use one for each caliber I reload I try about every tenth round they work great if round fits it will chamber. For the fifty I would pull bullet remove decapping pin resize. Just soak die in some coco cola for 30 minutes should break free.

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    Not a mistake, it's a learning opportunity.
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    A Lee FCD is wonderful for fixing mistakes. Otherwise, I haven't found it to be necessary. This sounds like a good time to try it. Otherwise it's time to break them down.

    Always chamber-check a loaded round after adjustments are die made. It helps prevent loaded a box of bad rounds.
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    I feel your pain. Ran into the same problem when I first started reloading 357 mag ammo, and ended up with about 40 rounds I spent some time pulling.

    And that was the beginning of my appreciation of the Lee Factory Crimp Die.

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    44 magnum should use a roll crimp into the bullet cannelure to ensure a good solid bullet to case fit. This is required in magnum handgun loads to ensure proper ignition and to keep the bullet from moving under heavy recoil. Pull them re-size the cases then reload them making sure you're seating die is set properly to apply the roll crimp to the bullet cannelure and life should be good.
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    I just ordered the factory carbide crimp die, if It doesn't help then I guess I will pull all the bullets hope it works :)

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