Great suggestions, all of which I appreciate. I guess a taper crimp die is needed. That's what I use on my 40 & 45 cases and I never have a problem with chambering. This gun hasn't been shot hardly at all and I can't see a ring in the chambers, but I'll run a brush through it anyway.
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You've received some good advice so far. Let me add I prefer a roll crimp for revolvers most of the time. However that requires well trimmed cases that are properly crimped into the cannelure. Otherwise you wind up with bulged cases. You might look at this.
1More Ford has nailed it.
Have shot a boat load of .38 Special. Occasionally have had to fiddle w/ loads, etc. Do give the charge holes in the cylinder a good look for gunk, etc. A thorough cleaning will be a good first step before any reloading/shooting. Taper crimp has been for me about ideal with both revolver and pistol reloads. Cannot ever recall a problem with chambering when using TC. As well it eliminates any concerns about case length except with the most extreme brass. Have had very good results w/ RCBS and Lee dies. As a side note, RCBS and Redding have been my go to dies for rifles. Again, problem free. One final thought. This is important. Take a Sharpie and carefully draw a little smiley face on the primer of each round. For special reloads to be used in matches, etc., add eyes and eyebrows. If these are for SD/HD, make the eyes red and add fangs hanging out of the mouth. For added confidence, draw a tongue sticking out of the mouth. This one final bit of attention to this important detail of reloading has probably had more to do with my success at the range than any other step in reloading. Sincerely. bruce.
if there isn't a " Canalure" taper crimp mate...
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The taper crimp die arrived Friday. Had time to run that "bad" batch of wadcutters through the taper crimp yesterday. Voila! Every one of them dropped smoothly into the cylinder! That was the answer (at least for my issue!) Thanks to all.