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chris in va
March 2, 2010, 04:28 AM
Is the FCD really necessary for the 45? I've used it in my 9mm with mixed results, but it definitely makes the reloaded ammo reliable with feeding. Midway has the 3 die set for $25.

This will be for my older Sig 220, possibly a carbine later on.

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Randy1911
March 2, 2010, 04:53 AM
I don't use the FCD with my 45's and have no feeding problems.

sourdough44
March 2, 2010, 08:04 AM
Same as Randy here.

Quoheleth
March 2, 2010, 08:17 AM
I use it with no problems. I shoot .45 in my Rock Island 1911 and Springer Loaded 1911.

If you want it, "just in case," Midway has the 4-die set on sale this month about $3 or 4 off regular price.

Q

Walkalong
March 2, 2010, 09:34 AM
I don't use the FCD with my 45's and have no feeding problemsMe either.

TonyAngel
March 2, 2010, 02:27 PM
I like the FCD just because they are so easy to adjust, not so much because of the full length sizing. I think that if you need to use the FCD to get your ammo to reliably feed, it's just curing a symptom of another problem. I had the FCD in .45 and quite using it. Things are much smoother using a Hornady taper crimp die.

The only caliber I'm still using the FCD for is .38/.357 because I don't have a standard load and the loads I do use required differing amounts of crimp.

rcmodel
March 2, 2010, 03:10 PM
Reloaded my first .45 ACP in 1962 using Herters dies.
Bought my RCBS carbide dies in 1970 and I am still using them.

Still have never seen a need for a Lee FCD in handgun calibers yet.

I do use the Lee FCD collet crimp die in rifle calibers for lever-actions.

Bottom line is, your standard .45 ACP seater die does a perfect taper crimp and returns the case to factory dimensions.
(if you adjust it right & tighten the lock-ring set screw when you buy the die set.)

What more do you need it to do?

rc

ranger335v
March 2, 2010, 03:55 PM
"Is the (Lee) FCD really necessary for the 45? "

Certainly not. We were reloading long before Lee made anything at all.

running iron
March 4, 2010, 05:27 PM
Saying you don't need a Lee FCD is right, and so is saying you don't need a bullet puller. The FCD is good for fixing mistakes, just like a bullet puller. Of course you don't need one, but it's a great tool to have. IMO, you can never have too many tools. If you put a bullet in crooked of have crummy brass, the FCD will iron out the round. It is by far not a solution, just a fast fix. Like using a dillon case gauge that shows min. specs as opposed to a wilson gauge that shows max. specs. You don't need either one and can get all messed up using the dillon. But they have their place in a re-loaders tool chest. Just like any thing, it all depends on your outlook. I've seen lots of guys get by with a crescent wrench, hammer and vise grips.

Walkalong
March 4, 2010, 05:46 PM
I don't own a bullet puller either. I just use pliers to pull one if I need to. :)

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