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#3161914 - 02/12/13 10:32 PM Old RCBS 45 acp die questions...
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Registered: 11/16/06
Posts: 160
Loc: Knoxville, TN

So I picked up an old set of RCBS 45 acp dies today. I have a couple of questions. I've been reloading rifle cartridges for about 10 years, this will be my first attempt at pistol reloading, I hope these questions aren't too silly. All my rifle dies are Lee. I'm pretty sure these are old, but I don't care. I think they are steel, so I'll have to lube the cases. The question I have is this set complete? It appears the decap die is also the expander die, not the resize die like I'm used to. Is the die that is labeled "size #1" missing a piece, it is threaded at the top. I will not be using a progressive press. Another question is does the bullet seat die also crimp?


#3164667 - 02/15/13 07:20 AM Re: Old RCBS 45 acp die questions... [Re: snaildarter]

Registered: 09/20/10
Posts: 44
Loc: On The MTN.

Looks like the sizer is missing the decapper and yes the seater will crimp.
#3164748 - 02/15/13 08:58 AM Re: Old RCBS 45 acp die questions... [Re: mtnrooter]
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Registered: 10/13/10
Posts: 1264
Loc: Rutherford County

I came across an old set of 38 special dies just like yours. The only thing I could figure out was to size the cases first then decap and neck expand in one step next.

Just loaded up a 100 rounds that way and it seemed to work out fine.
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#3167090 - 02/17/13 10:00 AM Re: Old RCBS 45 acp die questions... [Re: Wobblyshot1]
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I figured it out, now that my rock chucker arrived I can dedicate my old lee turret for .45 reloading.
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