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Thread: Cowboy Dies for .45 Long Colt

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    Boolit Master Drew P's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by onelight View Post
    The sizing ring is in the bottom of the die so will size them both for modern colt or acp specs the other dies are adjusted up for the long case. Depending on you gun and bullet choice you may want a different neck expander and crimp die and possibly sizer , 45 colt has had a long life and there are many variables in the guns
    but the crimp design is totally different.

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    Thank you, Onelight.

    I'll spell it out;

    .45Colt - Lyman Carbide set. Adjusted for .45Colt, I use this die set exclusively for .45Colt. Except the Sizing die is used for .45S&W too.
    .45S&W ( called Schofield ) this RCBS steel set is used for expanding, seating and roll crimping, it has a Lyman M-die added.
    .45ACP - this Redding carbide set has a separate die for Taper Crimping.
    .45AutoRim - I use the .45ACP Die set to load this cartridge, I have an old Lachmiller Roll Crimp die, made specifically to roll crimp .45Auto Rim.

    I've run .45Colt cases all the way into the Redding .45ACP size die, it goes all the way in.

    You can always use a shorter straight wall die set to reload a longer case if the size die will completely accept the longer cartridge case.

    And a taper crimp die works just as well as a roll crimp in most cases.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew P View Post
    but the crimp design is totally different.
    Yes I have a Hornady 3. Die set that marked for 45 win mag , 45 AR and 45 long colt
    I don’t know what kind of crimp it does I have always used a separate crimp die.

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