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Gas Check Seater

Posted: Sat Jul 08, 2017 1:19 pm
by mtngun
99% of the time I have seated gas checks with my thumb, but the unsolved mystery of the occasional flying gas check has prompted me to be a little more careful, at least with "serious" loads.

Here's a homemade seater that I'm currently using on 30 caliber checks. Nothing fancy, just a disc that sits in the lubrisizer nut, and counterbored approximately 0.33". The counterbore is not absolutely necessary but it ensures that the base of the bullet is centered in the press. Set the bullet in the counterbore, then pull the handle down just hard enough to seat the check -- you can "feel" it seat. With a good fitting nose punch, this step also does double duty to "point" the tip of the nose.
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Looking at the bottom of the seater.
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Seating a check.
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This batch of bullets is getting sized in a push-thru die prior to oven treating. I like to apply checks before oven treating, though some people do it afterwards. Yes, the push-stem was made from 5/16-24 threaded rod. Sometimes I make push-stems from 5/16-24 bolts, other times I turn them from bar stock, just depending on what material I find laying around. :lol:
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Re: Gas Check Seater

Posted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:22 pm
by mtngun
Update: I learned the hard way that you can unintentionally "bump" up the nose of a soft (12 BHN) bullet while seating the gas check with the gas check seater, and it didn't require much force on the press handle, either. :?

Now I use less force on the press handle, just enough to seat the check -- which you can "feel" through the handle -- then maybe 10% more force for good measure. If in doubt, measure the bullet nose to verify that you are not bumping it up.