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Thread: 9x18 Factory Crimp necessary?

  1. #21
    Boolit Buddy
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    Jul 2016
    I think we scared away the OP with all the bickering about a FCD.

  2. #22
    Quote Originally Posted by djryan13 View Post
    I think we scared away the OP with all the bickering about a FCD.
    Nah. Just overseas on client network that doesn’t allow access to firearms sites. Non-limited internet from room was spotty. Sitting in Istanbul in Turkish Air business lounge (HIGHLY recommend - best ever seen) and catching up.

    I bought one to be safe. That said, I’m going to teach myself to not depend on it, especially with cast boolits (still have to buy mold). If I decide need 100 percent reliability, for self defense load, then it seems FCD is wise.

    Thanks for all the advice. And the bickering? Compared to the model airplane guys this is nothing!

    Last edited by franklin_m; 02-22-2020 at 04:39 AM.

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    Boolit Grand Master

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    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    Quote Originally Posted by mdi View Post
    A new reloader using cast lead bullets and tries an FCD is more often than not falling into poor shooting loads, frustration, and just rotten performance. I know it doesn't happen every time a new reloader is talked into using an FCD, but often enough to see many questions in reloading forums. Why can't experienced reloaders just tell new reloaders to use the correct tools, adjusted correctly and not rely on band aid fixes?

    I just have a huge pet peeve about telling new reloaders "don't find your problem, just hide it"...
    Now that is well said and I must agree !!!
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  4. #24
    Boolit Master
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    Feb 2007
    South Western NC
    The idea of "adjusting your dies" to get good crimps is a great plan and works well - IF all of our cases are exactly the same length! Otherwise, ... not so much. But we can adjust a standard crimper so it works reasonably well most of the time.

    Sadly, few neck lengths are perfect and not many of us want to trim auto cases just so a conventional crimper can work good. Lee's FCD's work well on both bottleneck rifle and straight walled pistol cases even if the lengths aren't identicle.

    Pay your money and take your choice, it all goes BANG!

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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