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factory crimp 45 colt=460 S&W?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by welshgrouser, Mar 15, 2008.

  1. welshgrouser

    welshgrouser New Member

    Jan 11, 2008
    SW Michigan
    Does anybody out there (using lee dies) reloading the 460 S&W use there factory crimp die from the 45 colt/454 cassul on the 460?

    I guess the question doesnt necessarily have to be from lee dies. I would probably think its the same w/any die manufact.

    I was wondering if the case length on the 460 was to much and required a new die?
  2. BigJakeJ1s

    BigJakeJ1s Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    Arlington TX
    The Lee CFCD for 45 colt is a roll crimp die with a post-sizing ring at the bottom. If the cartridge is longer than what it was designed for, it can still be used OK, but the post sizing ring may not get all the way to the bottom of the brass. This would likely not be a problem anyway, since it is there to iron out buckles in the case caused by the crimping, which tend to be located up higher on the brass.

    BTW, I'm not a particular fan of my CFCD in 45 colt. I like the crimp from my Hornady seating die better, and it does it while I seat the bullet.

    The FCD has its place for progressive loading large volumes of cartridges that are not trimmed to uniform length, which is usually the cause of the buckling that the CFCD irons out.


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