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Old 03-19-2017, 06:56 PM
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Rounds will not fully seat in Ruger vaquero .45acp Rounds will not fully seat in Ruger vaquero .45acp Rounds will not fully seat in Ruger vaquero .45acp Rounds will not fully seat in Ruger vaquero .45acp Rounds will not fully seat in Ruger vaquero .45acp  
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I just bought a Ruger birds head vaquero 45 ACP and I went to go shoot it for the first time with my hand loads and their semi wadcutters and the rounds won't fully see in the chambers. The bullets function fine in my Polymer guns and my 1911's. There's about a millimeter left that the bullets need to go into the chamber So it seems that the edge of the wadcutter is were the bullet is seating in the chamber. I hope that makes sense. Should I start messing with the crimp? Crimp is .043
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Old 03-19-2017, 07:04 PM
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Straight crimp is used for .45 ACP, so the likelihood of a bulged case is small. Probably what is happening is that the bullet is bumping up against the forcing cone of the chamber. Ruger is known for tight chambers,I understand, so that could be your problem. Crimp,seems tight, as well.
First make sure that your chambers are squeaky clean, because crud sometimes builds up in there, and if that's not your problem, try seating the bullets a few thousandths deeper.
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Old 03-19-2017, 07:37 PM
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See if factory new ammo chambers. If it doesn't the chambers are not machined deep enough. If it does then adjust bullet seating depth on reloads accordingly.
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Old 03-19-2017, 08:22 PM
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I've had the same thing with my Rugers with the 200gr SWC H&G type bullets. Seat em with just a wee bit of the bullet shoulder above the edge of the case. Taper crimp to .469" and all should be well.
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Old 03-19-2017, 08:25 PM
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Factory and my fmj ball chambers so I guess it's gotta be the depth of the bullet. Swc seat about a fingernail thickness above case mouth so pushing it down flush wouldn't mess with the pressure too much??? I'm kinda new to reloading.
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Old 03-19-2017, 08:38 PM
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Do you mean the round is too long for the cylinder or the entire case won't fit in the cylinder? If that is the case then it won't make any difference how deep you seat it.

Also, has this brass been sized? New, unsized brass fits fine in my Bisley, but if I want it to chamber correctly in my Old Model Blackhawk I have to size it.
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Old 03-19-2017, 08:55 PM
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I'm thinking since fmj works fine and has been reloaded the same amount of times as the swc it's not case length so it has to be something with the actual swc bullet. I'm gonna seat then down a bit more and see what happens. I'll post the results thanks
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I had this same problem with some of my .45 acp reloads...they'd fit fine in my S&W 1917 but not my Colt 1917. Problem seem to be with the roll crimp that I had put on them, so I ran the rounds through a Factory Crimp Die to resize and that fixed them.
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Old 03-20-2017, 10:01 AM
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I had a Ruger 45 convertible (45acp/45lc) and always had problems with the acps seating. The cylinder world often fail to rotate because of it. Very frustrating. As mentioned above, Ruger cylinders are very tight.
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The driving band on the bullet is bigger in diameter than the throat of the cylinder. That is a good thing it helps accuracy. The round is head spacing on the bullet. Seat the bullet deep enough so the round headspaces on the case like it is designed to.
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I have a revolver that will only fully chamber/ seat rounds loaded with cast bullets sized .451. Tight cylinder's !
Try sizing .451 or seating the bullet just a little deeper.
I had a box of Black Hills factory loads with .452 lead bullets , I had to add more taper crimp to get the bullet/case sized down .001 more before they would chamber.
AMT 1911 Hardballer has no problems with .452 , the revolver...no go , .451 was the maximum.
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