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Lee LOadmaster question

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by hsiddall, Feb 9, 2007.

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  1. hsiddall

    hsiddall Member

    Jan 10, 2006
    Well just upgraded from the old turret press for my new .40sw so to lad my .45 what other Dies do I need. I hav a three hole turrett press set up for .45acp and I know that ineed the factory krimp die, but what else do i need for the fifth hole on the loadmaster turrett?
  2. FieroCDSP

    FieroCDSP Member

    Nov 12, 2006
    Wooster, Ohio
    I think that's there for other brands of dies. If I'm not mistaken, other brands have separate expander and charging dies. The Lee's only use the four. Resizer/decapper, powder through expander, bullet seating, and Factory Crimp die. From what I've seen, you just leave the fifth open (usually between the decapper and charging?), but I'm no expert, though I've been looking at the Loadmaster.
  3. bfox

    bfox Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Get a Universal decapping die for station 1 .
    Take the depriming pin out of sizing die put in station 2 .
    Station 3 expander die and powder measure .
    Station 4 seating die .
    Station 5 Factory crimp die .

    Look on Youtube for Loadmaster some good videos .
    Do a search on Glocktalk good thread on how to setup .

    Good Luck , Bill
  4. Shoney

    Shoney Member

    Jan 1, 2003
    Transplanted away from MT
    Unless you are loading hardcast lead or plated bullets, the seating die is sufficient for the seat/crimp operation. In station 3, I use the Hornady powder cop die so I can primarily determine if there is insufficient powder, and in that super rare instance, if there would be a double charge.

    Squib loads can be as dangerous as double charges, if the bullet lodges in the barrel and you put a regular load down the barrel behind it, KABOOM!!!
  5. DaveInFloweryBranchGA

    DaveInFloweryBranchGA Member

    Dec 7, 2005
    NE Georgia
    Both suggestions you've gotten so far as good suggestions. I lean slightly towards Shoney's suggestion, but I would use an RCBS Lockout die because if you get an over/under powder charge, it locks up the press and gets your attention. The Hornady die relies on you paying attention and visually catching the problem. Since attention spans are easily distracted, the RCBS Lockout is a bit better solution for powder charge safety.

    That said, it's awful hard to get an over charge on a automatic advance progressive. But an undercharge, just as dangerous, is always a possibility if you run out of powder and don't realize it.

    BTW, I'd hang onto that old three hole turret. You may find it comes in handy for inexpensive caliber changes on milsurp and other low volume cartridges you may decide to reload where you don't want to spend a lot of money to get reloading. Hard to beat the price of a die set and a single turret.


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