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9mm crimp die on .38spl. ?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by xd9, Apr 26, 2012.

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  1. xd9

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    Can I use my 9mm crimp die to crimp .38 spl as long as the dept is set right?
     
  2. Walkalong

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    It should work. I use a .45 ACP seater, sans the stem, to taper crimp plated bullets in .45 Colt. Works just fine.
     
  3. ranger335v

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    You have the die and cartridges, try it; even if it works poorly it won't blow anything up.
     
  4. kingmt

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    Yes. Why? Do you not have a crimp die for your 38?
     
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    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.
     
  6. mbopp

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    I take it you're trying to get a taper crimp on the 38 spl?
     
  7. Miata Mike

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    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.
     
  8. ranger335v

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    Unless your bullets are undersize even a hot .38 really doesn't need crimping, all we need to do is remove the flare.
     
  9. Bigdog57

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    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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