Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Moved to Orygun!
I have no use for Lee's "post crimping sizing" dies for handguns. Yep I tried one and it now resides in a landfill somewhere in So. Oregon. Lee makes "Factory Crimp Dies" for handgun cartridges, and collet crimp dies for rifle and some handgun cartridges,. The collet dies have worked quite well for my .223, 30-06 and 44 magnum, the only ones I use (the rifle cartridges get a very light collet crimp). The FCD for handguns, will give an OK crimp, but it will also size the case down to what it thinks you need. I have reloaded revolver rounds since '69, and semi-auto since '90, and have never needed to size my handloads after they are finished. The one FDC I tried sized down my carefully cast and sized bullets and I got poor accuracy and barrel leading. I poked out the carbide ring, but the crimp was inferior to my Redding crimp, so I tossed it.
No, I'm not a Lee Hater as about 1/2-3/4 of my reloading tools/equipment is Lee, I just believe if one pays attention and fixes any problems in their handloads, they don't need to hide any defects with a post crimping sizing die...
I've learned how to stand on my own two knees...