Gcdhunter wrote:Are you guys using the Gaep right after precrimp or are you pre crimping, final crimping on your reloading press then hitting it with the Gaep
I can only talk for myself, and i have gone from load /reloading the " american way " using a PW 375c duo matic singel stage press
From early -90. Until 2011 when the " Italian way of load and reload " hit me , short after that i sold my belowed PW
And bought an italian Gaep VS-1500 press .. And i never go back,
But thats no ansver for your question, if you have a mec or Pw press you stop after the 6-8 star pre crimp ,
Then you move the cartride to a gaep crimper in some bench drill/motor @900rpm, most important is you must have an adjustable
And now i apologise for using metric : Standard height of finished cartride is 58mm for a 2 3/4 hull , so 57,8-58mm is absolute
Perfect. Note : so little as 0,20 mm shorter cartridge raise pressure aprox 40 bar and in some loads even more, and i belive loading steel this can be more critical..
So when you have the shell under the gaep /bn2/omv sp2 crimp head give it a quick short stroke, dont HANG on the handle
There is not needed, and you only destroy the cartridge. Grease the crimper with some white vaseline or silicone spray , i use
Vaseline becouse i got headache from silicone spray ,
You can also go through all stations, and just crimp down without taper so there is NO hole in center, if you have a svirl raise star pre-crimper , then move shell to the crimp head in drill and give it a quick short stroke and check lenght of cartridge, 58 mm is standard.