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45 ACP dies

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by chris in va, Mar 2, 2010.

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  1. chris in va

    chris in va Member

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    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.
     
  2. Randy1911

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    I don't use the FCD with my 45's and have no feeding problems.
     
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    Same as Randy here.
     
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    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
     
  5. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

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    Me either.
     
  6. TonyAngel

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    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.
     
  7. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    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
     
  8. ranger335v

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    "Is the (Lee) FCD really necessary for the 45? "

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

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    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.
     
  10. Walkalong

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    I don't own a bullet puller either. I just use pliers to pull one if I need to. :)
     
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