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Reloading dies compatibility (38LC)

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Mataham, Jan 16, 2020.

  1. Mataham

    Mataham Member

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    Hi,
    I would like to reload my old BP 38LC with a Lee breech loch hand press. I've read here and there that 38 short & long colt dies would allow me to reload some 38SP or 357 ammo. Could someone confirm or infirm this?

    Besides, how can I get a correct crimp for 38LC ammo? Would the standard 3-dies set work? I ask it cause no 4-dies set is available for 38LC for Lee press.

    Thanks for your attention.
     
  2. RealGun

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    My recently delivered 38 Colt (short or Long) die set by Lee has a unique seat/crimp die with the other two standard 38/357. I do not need a factory crimp die (4th die) and would be skeptical of anyone else's belief that they need one. However, a 38/357 FCD would smooth out any rounds that would not gauge. I just don't believe a skilled reloader would need to run every round through it, covering up problems in die settings or bullet size.
     
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  3. Mataham

    Mataham Member

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    Great! Thanks for sharing.
     
  4. ArchAngelCD

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    Lee and most other die manufacturers will usually not develop new dies for cartridge which don't have a hugh following. (FCD) The development costs are not warrened.
     
  5. RealGun

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    I should note that part of the die set is the expander plug size in the powder through expander. That is Lee part SE1699.
     
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