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I made and shot about 500 rds of 3b spc without a hitch. Life was great! Then I decided to move onto 45 ACP. Fired 6 rounds and have a FMJ 230gr bullet stuck an inch down the barrel.

1) How do I get it out?

2) Got any clues as to what went wrong? I'm using a Lee Turret Press with the Factory Crimp Die and the Auto Pro disc powder feeder. ( I know, I know..... I should have bought the Dillon!! )
 

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Looks to me like a "squib" load. A load that is primer only, no powder. The primer has just enough power to get the bullet a inch or two down the barrel and then it sticks. Take a rod a little smaller than the barrel and stick it in the end, tap it with a hammer and it will knock it out through the chamber end. Use a wooden dowel rod or brass rod so you don't damage the barrel. I actually use an old screwdriver that I ground off the slot end and rounded so it would not hurt the barrel. I have to say "wood or brass rod" so your lawyer cannot sue me if you damage your barrel.
I am glad that you caught the fact that you had bullet stuck. The next round would have gone Kaboom.
 

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I had the exact same thing happen to me, using the exact same equipment. You had what is called a "squib" round, or round that didn't get charged with powder.

First to get the bullet out:

Get a rounded off socket extension, or some solid metal object(no edges, rounded) that will fit in the barrel. Secure the barrel in a vice and tap out the bullet. It will take a few taps, but it will come out. You can use a wood dowel rod, but it will take much longer to tap out since the wood absorbs the kinetic energy.

Inspect equipment:

Don't go blamming your equipment just yet, as with my situation it was purely operator error that resulted when I was reloading late at night and tired. The next day, after the bullet stick, I inspected my equipment and found that the night before I hadn't paid attention to the hopper on the dispenser and it went dry on me without me realizing it. Since that day, I have kept a full hopper and haven't had another "squib" since.

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I have produced a squib on my Dillon, so don't get buyers remorse over that.

There are two kinds of reloaders: those that have produced a squib, and those that will produce a squib.

You've been promoted to the first kind.


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Thanks guys, got the bullet out. I went back to the bench and figured out what I did wrong while loading some 38's. I still check every 10-15 loads to be sure the powder is metering correctly. I took the round off the press, poured the powder on the scale, then put it right back in the same rotation without starting over! I caught myself this time. I need to remeber to always start at the start!!!
 

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The most important lessons come after you already know everything!

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I have loaded a squib myself, however, using the taper spec'd by Bill Wilson (was it .469"??), the bullet never made it out of the case, and I have chrono'ed loads and found them very close to published data. So other than goofing and failing to charge that one round, am I crimping too tightly?
 
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