Lee factory crimp die

Discussion in 'Ammo & Reloading' started by LCR-lover, Jan 31, 2013.

  1. LCR-lover

    LCR-lover Member

    I was wondering if you all use the factory crimp die? Since i started using one I dont think i could do without it, it greatly improved the quality of my rounds
  2. Seenya

    Seenya Once a Marine...

    I have them for every caliber I reload. I don't always use them but I use them a lot.

  3. JimA

    JimA New Member

    I also have them in every caliber that I load. Typically because I prefer to crimp seperately from seating. The Lee FCD is about the cheapest crimp die you can buy and they work fine. The pistol calibers have a taper crimp and the revolver calibers have a roll crimp. Both work great. If your load is set up right you will hardly feel any sizing at all. If you overcrimp and bulge the case you will feel it get sized on the way out.

    That being said there are times I do not use them. They work best with jacketed and plated bullets. I do not use them for lead with semi auto pistol dies.

    When I use a 250 grain lead bullet meant for a .45 Colt in a .45 auto case the sizing portion of the crimp die will squeeze the .452 bullet pretty hard. I need the full diameter of the bullet to work well in my .45 convertable revolvers so I use a Hornady taper crimp die to just take the flare out of the case and it works well. Same goes for a 200grain LSWC that I use in my 1911's, revolvers and XDM45.

    I do use them for lead in my standard revolver loads.
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2013
  4. JaPes

    JaPes New Member

    All my Lee deluxe carbide 4-die sets come with one, so I use it. I just make sure to properly adjust it. I also use a FCD for .223/5.56.
  5. rgriggs

    rgriggs New Member

    After I ruined a few .308 casings trying to crimp with the seater/crip die I ordered the FCD for my .223 and .308 and have been very happy with both.
  6. mrbroad1964

    mrbroad1964 New Member

    I have a factory crimp die for every die set that I own. I would not consider reloading without it. It is easy to install and easy to set. If you change bullet type i.e. .355 to .356 just pull one and check it.