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Thread: Lee .38/357 Factory Crimp Die

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    As with any thread that discusses Lee's FCDs, there is often confusion about what FCD is being discussed. Lee makes an FCD for handgun/straight sided calibers which F/L sizes the cartridge post crimp. Lee also makes a collet crimp FCD for rifle cartridges, that squeezes a small portion of the case mouth. A good tool. Lee also makes a few collet crimp style dies for handgun cartridges, also a good tool.
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    I use them loading 5.56 and I use them on 9mm, 40 and 45acp ammo. Ive never seen leading caused by them in those guns and have seen no degrading of accuracy. I have though in roll crimp versions for the 41,44,45 ect and in them if I want a 4th station crimp (which I allways do) I just buy a second lee bullet seating die and take the stem out and use it just to crimp.
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    ^^^ that is a good idea
    The price is right and that would work well as a stand alone crimping die
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    Hills of Georgia
    Using Hornady lead for my first try I found a very light crimp after seating was ok. Anything more crushed the lead. A push test on bathroom scale was always a good test for me. 8 lbs or more and bullet doesn't move your good to go.

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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check