9mm crimp die on .38spl. ?


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xd9
April 26, 2012, 07:09 AM
Can I use my 9mm crimp die to crimp .38 spl as long as the dept is set right?

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Walkalong
April 26, 2012, 07:23 AM
It should work. I use a .45 ACP seater, sans the stem, to taper crimp plated bullets in .45 Colt. Works just fine.

ranger335v
April 26, 2012, 09:36 AM
You have the die and cartridges, try it; even if it works poorly it won't blow anything up.

kingmt
April 26, 2012, 09:43 AM
Yes. Why? Do you not have a crimp die for your 38?

gamestalker
April 26, 2012, 09:45 PM
I think it should work as long as it doesn't reduce the mouth diameter too much to head space off the chamber ridge thingy. Can't remeber what that ridge is termed as being? Another old age thing I guess.

mbopp
April 26, 2012, 10:16 PM
I take it you're trying to get a taper crimp on the 38 spl?

Miata Mike
April 26, 2012, 11:22 PM
I just did 50 .38 special this afternoon. What is so hard about a light crimp over the cannelure of your bullet, unless you are using a bullet without. Maybe I just answered my own question as I have a pile of 158 grain Keith style bullets. A nice light crimp and good to go.

ranger335v
April 27, 2012, 06:30 PM
Unless your bullets are undersize even a hot .38 really doesn't need crimping, all we need to do is remove the flare.

Bigdog57
April 29, 2012, 04:53 PM
In twenty years of loading .38 Special, I have never needed more than the light crimp the Lee .38 seater die gives me. Never had setback, using a wide variety of bullets and cases.

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