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adam38654

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I bought a Lee 277wlv 2 die set and the shortest I can get the seating die to load the 100 gr nosler accu-bond is 2.236" bottomed out on the shell holder. That is only .001 off the lands and If i didn't want a roll crimp and backed it off any more the coal would be even longer and crammed in the lands. I'm afraid I won't be able to reach the shorter oal of 2.15 for sp and hp rounds.

Also my lee case trimmer length gauge cuts my brass to 1.507 when it should be 1.525-1.535. Will this represent a problem?
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What shellholder are you using?  Brass needs to be 1.530-1.535.
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Lee #4 shell holder.
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Something (or things) is very wrong.  I've never use trim dies, so I can't speak to what might be going wrong there. However, I uses lots of Lee dies and have never had a problem seating a bullet to proper depth.  Lee uses a floating seating stem inside a hollow adjusting piece.  The die body needs to be threaded deep enough into the press to work correctly. Typically, I put an empty sized case in the press/shell holder (no powder or bullet), run the case all the way to the top, then thread in the seating die until either it touches the shell holder or I feel the case neck hitting the roll crimp.  If your die is sitting too high, you won't be able to adjust the seating stem deep enough.  As a last resort, you can always put a spacer (e.g., washer, small nut, etc.) inside the hollow adjusting piece and the floating stem.
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Did you purchase the case length gauge from me? If so we can get that part straightened out. As far as the Lee seating die I've never used it so I can't help you there
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Is anyone else using the 100gr ab with the lee dies? When seated to 2.236 they would still be loaded shorter than my factory loaded 90gr TNT and Gold Dots if I pulled the ballistic tips of them. I just want to make sure im not crazy before I call LEE.

I was using the lee hand press just too test a few bullets and had the seating die bottomed out all the way against the shell holder plug 1/4 turn down. The bullet seating stem was also screwed all the way in. Perhaps they need to send me a longer one of the floating pieces inside the seating stem.
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I called LEE and they recommended a 3/8" steel ball or some type of spacer under the seating plug as it is still loose when the seating stem is screwed all the way in the die. Or a custom made plug.

They couldn't give me the stock length of the seating plug as this was a "custom" die but recommended I check it compared to someone else Lee seating die.
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As a quick fix, find a small nut or several washers that you can put inside the "cap" of the hollow adjusting piece - essentially making the seating plug longer.  Same idea as dropping a 3/8" steel ball bearing in.
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