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Lee FCD vs Dillon taper crimp die

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by karnaaj, Mar 19, 2008.

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  1. karnaaj

    karnaaj Member

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    Having finally lost all patience waiting for Midway to restock the Lee FCD I went to the Dillon site to look at what they had. More expensive but at this point I don't care as long as it does the job. So what are the opinions on the Dillon as far as ease of use etc? Thanks
     
  2. mc223

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    I use 2 of the Dillon Taper crimp dies. 1 for 38 super/.38/357 and one for 223. Well worth the extra $. I also believe that the Dillons do less damage to the bullet.
     
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    In my opinion it depends on what you are loading. Resizing the brass because you belled it with a powder charging die and taking the bell out is different from actually crimping the case into the bullet or cannelure.

    38 and 357 require a good crimp into the bullet, as does 30-30 or any other tubular magazine rifle.

    Straight wall cases such as 380, 9, 40, 45 etc only require taking the bell out.

    I use the Dillon on straight wall cases to resize them, the LFCD to put a crimp into 30-30.
     
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    I just ordered FCD for 223 from Midway on Mar 19th and it will be here on Mar 21 and shipping was cheaper than Midway. Here's a link listing all their FC Dies.

    http://www.midsouthshooterssupply.c...mit=Find+it!&typ=All&mfg=00006&dept=RELOADING
     
  5. stubbicatt

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    For my rifle cartridges I prefer the FCD. For straight walled pistol cases, of which 40 cal is the one I load the most frequently, the Dillon is my choice.

    Since I mostly shoot coated lead bullets in my 40, they are a little larger in diameter than jacketed bullets. Consequently, the FCD's little carbide ring tends to size the case down a little smaller, and this in turn mashes the lead bullets enough to cause leading in my barrel. When I use the Dillon, it only touches the case mouth, and irons out the bell introduced at the charging/belling station on my press. I get no leading when I use the Dillon taper crimper on my 40.

    On both the 223 and the 308 where I often load bullets with a canellure, the Lee FCD works very well. I have not tried the Dillon taper crimper in this application as I haven't felt the need. Also the non canellured bullets don't receive a crimp in my rifle cartridges.
     
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    Do you want to drink cheap beer or champange? Dillon's are the best.
     
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