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Posted: 4/22/2014 7:55:40 PM EDT
Is it necessary to use a Lyman m die or similar for loading lead in a 45acp? Or will my Lee expander die work just fine?

Thanks in advance.
Link Posted: 4/22/2014 8:03:34 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/22/2014 8:03:55 PM EDT by angus6]
the Lee die always worked great for me when I was loading with the LCT
Link Posted: 4/22/2014 9:07:56 PM EDT
I load lead 230gr RN using a standard Lee 4-die set. It works fine and the rounds feed fine in my STI 1911.
Link Posted: 4/23/2014 10:42:29 AM EDT
Link Posted: 4/23/2014 11:42:32 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By dryflash3:
With pistol rounds, the standard belling die works fine.

M die is for rifle cases.
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and OH MY it works good.. Got one for the 300 blk and .223 and the bullets drop in really nice..

For pistol I'm using the Hornady powder through expander.. But I'm also using a bullet feeder on pistol so YMMV.
Link Posted: 4/23/2014 12:33:00 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By dryflash3:
With pistol rounds, the standard belling die works fine.

M die is for rifle cases.
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When using the M die with rifle brass, is a taper crimp die needed or will a LEE FCD or Roll Crimp work?
Link Posted: 4/23/2014 2:33:04 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By CWmechanic:


When using the M die with rifle brass, is a taper crimp die needed or will a LEE FCD or Roll Crimp work?
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Originally Posted By CWmechanic:
Originally Posted By dryflash3:
With pistol rounds, the standard belling die works fine.

M die is for rifle cases.


When using the M die with rifle brass, is a taper crimp die needed or will a LEE FCD or Roll Crimp work?


I use the M die on .223 and use the Lee FCD. Works beautifully.
Link Posted: 4/23/2014 3:57:43 PM EDT
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I use the M die on .223 and use the Lee FCD. Works beautifully.
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Originally Posted By memsu:
Originally Posted By CWmechanic:
Originally Posted By dryflash3:
With pistol rounds, the standard belling die works fine.

M die is for rifle cases.


When using the M die with rifle brass, is a taper crimp die needed or will a LEE FCD or Roll Crimp work?


I use the M die on .223 and use the Lee FCD. Works beautifully.

+10
Link Posted: 4/23/2014 5:04:33 PM EDT
nope
Link Posted: 4/23/2014 7:36:12 PM EDT
Thank you all for the responses. Time to get some work up loads going.
Link Posted: 4/25/2014 8:14:56 AM EDT
The Lyman M expander isn't essential for these pistol rounds, but I use one anyway. I found it helps reduce the off-center rounds I found with normal expanders. It creates a small "shelf" or rim of brass that the bullet base rests on and allows better alignment. Its only $20. If you use it, make sure that the expander mandrel is in securely and doesn't loosen on you, or else it'll cause some over expanded brass. Have fun!
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