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38 Magnum?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by BigN, Jan 15, 2011.

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  1. BigN

    BigN Member

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    In the Lee product catalog it lists a 38 Special carbide die set as capable of loading magnums also. Does this mean you can load 357 magnum ammo with a 38 Special die set?
     
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    Yes, you can load .357 mag with them.
     
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    Yes, you can load .357 with these dies, I loaded 200 this morning with the same dies.
    Good dies at a good price.:D
     
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    lee dies reload both. the only difference is how the dies are adjusted. (screw in for 38, out for 357)
     
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    You can use all .38 dies for .357. You just have to adjust the dies out. On most Lee seating dies, the instructions tell you to back the die out 3 turns, then adjust from there. If using a .357 shell, you'll have to back it out more, is all. Same goes for the expanding die. You'll ruin a .357 case if you screw a .38 expanding die all the way down.

    Conversely, a .38 shell will not reach the expanding ball or crimping ring in a .357-only die set.

    The resizing die is generally interchangeable, either way. Screw it all the way down.
     
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    Yep, RCBS used to supply a 1/10" spacer ring with their .38 Special dies so you could also reload .357 Magnum. Don't think they do that anymore(?).
     
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    Thanks, that's a handy piece of information to have. As luck would have it, I have the Lee set of 357 dies that cannot be used for 38 special. Go figure...
     
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