I am not sure how many questions I have. I have been reloading jacketed pistol bullets to the cannelure for years. I have a comparator so I can set rifle bullets with no cannelure wrt to the rifling rather than relying on COAL.
I got no idea what best practice is for cast bullets.
1. Where do I put the crimp? Down into one of the grooves? At the top of one of the shoulders? In the middle third of one of the shoulders? I just have no idea.
My first foray was 158gr LSWCs in .38Spec, 7.0 grains of HS-6 put me right in the middle of the .38Spec range, halfway from .38 "un" special to .38Special +P. Seated to COAL ~1.475" IIRC~ my roll crimp with virgin brass was right at the top of a groove or just barely into the primer end of a shoulder. Should I have seated a little deeper to get the crimp up onto a shoulder?
2. What about this lube? Most of the bullets in the box I bought have a string of lube completely filling one of the grooves near the bullet base. Some of them are 80-90% full; some of the are only 50% filled, the lube belt only reaches halfway around the bullet - and I found one with no lube in the groove at all. So how important is this stuff? I figure it is pretty important, because it sure is a pain the tuckus to deal with. We wouldn't be fooling with it if it didn't do something for us. What does it do? When is 90% good enough? Will my hand fall off if I let one fly every once in a while with no lube at all on it? Can I make my own lube at home to fill in whatever gaps are worth filling? Will mechanics hand cleaner clean this stuff off my hands or do I need something stouter.
Thanks. I am sure I will think of more questions.