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tegemu
January 4, 2006, 01:54 PM
To achieve the smoothest, most positive feeding of my 45ACP rounds, which would be best, Taper Crimp or Factory Crimp? Or is there a crimp that this neophyte is unaware of? Thank You.

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BigSlick
January 4, 2006, 02:09 PM
To achieve the smoothest, most positive feeding of my 45ACP rounds, which would be best, Taper Crimp or Factory Crimp? Or is there a crimp that this neophyte is unaware of? Thank You.

Taper crimp, just enough to remove the belling.

Lot's of folks use the FCD, I have one but rarely use it. Only to iron out screw ups when I don't want to pull a bullet. If the FCD will allow a round to chamber that otherwise wouldn't, it tells me I need to properly adjust my dies or examine my components.

Millions upon millions of 45 ACP rounds were loaded and fired before the FCD was invented. A lot of people use them, with good success. If you're using a Lee 4 die set, I would definitely use the FCD as a crimp die rather than attempt to seat and crimp in one step.

The screw adjustment is a handy feature, not all crimp dies offer the same convenience. Redding does, but they cost twice as much as a Lee set.

BigSlick

JDGray
January 4, 2006, 04:25 PM
The Lee FCD is the way to go. I set mine at .469 JDGray

Lennyjoe
January 4, 2006, 06:10 PM
Lee FCD here as well. Just a pinch and thats all.

308win
January 4, 2006, 06:13 PM
I have used (and use) both RCBS taper crimp and Lee FCD. Both work fine. If you are using a taper crimp die you want to just remove the case mouth bell that the expander die creates to allow seating of the bullet. Set your expander die to just create a very slight case mouth bell. I shoot a lot of National Bullet 200gr lswc and have never had a failure to feed or malfunction attributable to the case/bullet. Don't ask about the couple of squibs because the case didn't get charged; now I eyeball every round before the bullet is seated.

The Bushmaster
January 4, 2006, 11:58 PM
No crimp here...I don't bell them anymore then is necessary to start jacketed bullets (I don't load lead unless it has a copper jacket). when finished seating the bullet the bell is gone...

Sunray
January 5, 2006, 05:19 AM
Taper. Nothing else works as reliably.

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