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    310 Question

    Can one use a set of pistol dies in a "large" handle?

    I have a "large" aluminum handle with 45-70 dies and adapter. I was wondering if I could use the small dies for pistol cartridges with it?


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    Boolit Buddy

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    I have used my 38 super dies in the large handles. Shorter cartridge dies may not thread in far enough to to be usable.

    Last edited by dsh1106; 08-07-2018 at 09:42 PM.

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    Thank you!

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    Boolit Master
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    Central VA
    Some listings for die sets used to say they could be used with either type handle. I think you will probably run into difficulty when you try your dies in calibers such as 9 mm, 380, 32 S&W and other short cases. I'm going to say flatly, you won't be able to load 32 or 25 ACP with large handles. OTOH, I would be pretty optimistic about 45 Colt, 357 Mag, etc.

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    I’ll give the 357 dies a try tonight. I believe I have a full set of dies with the adapter

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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
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