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Which dies for .45 ACP?

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  1. SQLGeek

    SQLGeek Vodak, The Choice of a New Generation TGT Supporter

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    I've decided on .45 ACP for my first caliber to reload and am putting my final list of equipment together to place my order.

    I'm still between a few different presses. I'm looking at either a single stage or turret from Lee or Lyman.

    If I go with a Lee turret and want to powder charge on press, going with the Lee die set might make the most sense. But I'm not sure which is why I ask.

    Which dies would you recommend looking at for .45 ACP? I'm trying to keep costs down where I can so I'm looking more at Lee, RCBS and the like as opposed to Redding competition dies and the like.

    As an aside, is the Lee Factory Crimp die really necessary or does it just make loading easier?

    Thanks in advance!
     


  2. Army 1911

    Army 1911 TGT Addict

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    Any of them will work get the four 3 dye set with separate crimp and seating and you don't use the Lee Factory crimp die for a straight wall pistol cartridge
     
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  3. SQLGeek

    SQLGeek Vodak, The Choice of a New Generation TGT Supporter

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    The Lee 4 die set in .45 ACP comes with the factory crimp die.
     
  4. Vaquero

    Vaquero Pre-ban

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    The 3 die set works fine.
     
  5. Charlie

    Charlie TGT Addict TGT Supporter

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    Either set will work OK. I use a 3 die set and have never had any issues.
     
  6. lonestardiver

    lonestardiver Well-Known

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    Lee dies are fine...been using them for over a decade. The lee factory crimp die for .45ACP is a taper crimp die since the cartridge head spaces on the mouth of the case.
     
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  7. robertc1024

    robertc1024 Moderator Staff Member Moderator TGT Supporter

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    I've got Hornady dies that work fine. If be really careful on a crimp die. Make sure and measure the OD of the case mouth when you're setting things up.
     
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  8. Brains

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    The Lee "factory crimp dies" are pretty easily adjusted, I use them for 9mm and .45ACP myself. Just put a micrometer on them while you're setting up and make sure you're in spec, and it's all good.
     
  9. Texasjack

    Texasjack TGT Addict TGT Supporter

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    The Lee dies are just fine - it's what I use. Technically, it's a taper crimp die, which is different from a roll crimp that people typically think of on a factory crimp die.
     
  10. diesel1959

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    With .45ACP, everybody dies . . .

    -TGT1911clique
     


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