• .45 cal expander die

    From KU2S@VERT to ALL on Thu Sep 18 20:51:00 2014
    Question to all you reloaders out there (as I'm still somewhat of a
    novice). Regarding the use of .45 caliber expander dies. I recently was
    given a set of .45 ACP reloading dies, but upon examination, I find that
    the expander plug is missing from the expander die. Not being one to look
    a gift horse in the mouth, I accepted the set, as the decapping and seating dies are fine.

    Here's my question. Given that .45 ACP and .45 LC are the same diameter,
    has anyone out there used the expander die from a .45 LC die set to expand
    the mouth of .45 ACP cases? If so, what kind of luck did you have?

    I realize I can get expander dies for about $12 mail-order/web purchase,
    but wanted to load up some rounds this weekend so I figured I might give
    this a shot. The only thing I can imagine going wrong is if the pilot
    portion of the plug bottoms out in the case prior to expansion at the
    mouth.

    Anyway, just thought I would put that out there for discussion, maybe stir
    up some activity in the forum...

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  • From KU2S@VERT to KU2S on Mon Mar 16 12:27:06 2015
    Question to all you reloaders out there (as I'm still somewhat of a
    novice). Regarding the use of .45 caliber expander dies. I recently was given a set of .45 ACP reloading dies, but upon examination, I find that
    the expander plug is missing from the expander die. Not being one to look
    a gift horse in the mouth, I accepted the set, as the decapping and seating dies are fine.

    Here's my question. Given that .45 ACP and .45 LC are the same diameter, has anyone out there used the expander die from a .45 LC die set to expand the mouth of .45 ACP cases? If so, what kind of luck did you have?

    I realize I can get expander dies for about $12 mail-order/web purchase,
    but wanted to load up some rounds this weekend so I figured I might give this a shot. The only thing I can imagine going wrong is if the pilot portion of the plug bottoms out in the case prior to expansion at the
    mouth.

    Anyway, just thought I would put that out there for discussion, maybe stir up some activity in the forum...

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    Okay... so here's the scoop... Ran into a decent deal on .45 ACP dies, so picked them up and am using them. Looking at the .45 LC expander die, it looked like it might actually bottom out in the case before expanding the case mouth, so I figured I'd just buy a whole new set - especially considering the fact that the seating die I had for .45 ACP was FUBAR...

    Regards,
    KU2S

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