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I've been using a lot of plated bullets lately because frankly, they're cheap. Berry's and Ranier are good but I'm never using X-Treme plated bullets again. The plating is X-tremely soft and I've been stripping a lot of them during bullet seating. I'd say a good 10% have been ruined. I've not had this issue with Berry's or Ranier. Just a heads up. FMJ is by far better but expensive.
 

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Been using Berry's plated bullets for a couple of years now, without a single hiccup! Love the brand, except sometimes you hit on a lot with large variations in bullet weight (up to 3 grains difference sometimes). But 250 bullets, 9mm 124-gr Flat Point Hollow Bottom, for $21 is hard to beat!
 

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Sounds like not enough Bell put in the case before seating the bullet. I've been loading xtreme for a couple of years, without issue. I've peeled a couple back on the case mouth, but he case didn't have enough bell in it.
 

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Sounds like not enough Bell put in the case before seating the bullet. I've been loading xtreme for a couple of years, without issue. I've peeled a couple back on the case mouth, but he case didn't have enough bell in it.
Like I said, this only happens with one particular brand of plated bullet and it has happened with 45 ACP and .40 S&W. I just loaded over 1000 rounds of 40 S&W using Ranier 180 gr and i didn't peel a single bullet.
 

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Probably softer lead used in the xtreme brand. My only explanation then.
Let's say it is the Bell. How do I make it larger? Been doing this a little over a year and never knew i could do it. Never had to.
 

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Let's say it is the Bell. How do I make it larger? Been doing this a little over a year and never knew i could do it. Never had to.
What brand of Dies are you using? Should just be able to adjust the center of the expanding die down a turn or so. It won't take much.

So you have this problem with thin wall bullets (plated)



Here is the expander inside that die, just adjust it down a turn. (shown on the left in this photo)



Here is an example of how they should look. Right to Left - straight to flared.

 

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Lee Precision dies
Been a long time since I used any Lee equipment, but I'd think they are ok. The Lee die is probably a powder through die and should be adjustable for seating depth by just turning the die clockwise (tighten) to increase the flare of the case.
 

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I'v heard more than a few people complain about Xtreme bullets, I use Berrys' not complains at all except the price is creeping up.
 
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