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Old 02-26-2012, 01:07 PM
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Hi Guy's. I am in need of some guidance.

I have been reloading for a few years now & I just picked up a S&W Stealth Hunter 44 mag. & want to start using gas checks on my lead bullets.

What is needed to add gas checks. Do they just snap on or do they have to be pressed on? I see Lyman makes a gas check seater but that looks like I would have to get another press (Lube-a-matic).

My current set up is a Dillon 550b & a RCBS Turret press. I also have a small RCBS press but, I'm not sure on what model it is. Would any of these work if a press is needed?

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It sounds like you are purchasing your Lead bullets, not casting them yourself, otherwise you wouldn't be asking this question.

Gas checks are not an accessory added to any bullet you want them on. Bullets to be gas-checked are specifically designed for them and have a gas check heel cast on the bullet. They are applied as part of the sizing and lubrication step of making cast bullets.

If you are not going to get into casting yourself you will have to purchase bullets that come from a commercial caster already gas-checked. Two I know of are "Cast-Performance" and "Beartooth Bullets". At least Beartooth also allows you to specify the Brinell hardness and sizing diameter you desire, as well as the lubricant (as I recall) that is applied.
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Ill take the liberty to expand upon this a little bit.
you may or may not want a gas checked bullet in this role.
if your pushing a 200 grain cast design to the limits .. it is probably a requirement due to the velocity involved. 240 grain is right on the edge of the speed limit and tends to be a case by case sort of thing ... heavier bullets often favored by the woodsman just cannot exceed 1450 FPS thus negate the primary purpose of the gas check.
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