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Old 01-06-2013, 08:49 AM   #11
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You can use any 45 caliber pistol bullet. As mentioned above, the rifle bullets will be too large.

If the bullet doesn't have a cannelure I wouldn't try pushing it too hard or the others in the gun may try to walk out.

I think you'll find most bullets with an appropriate weight for the cartridge will have a cannelure or crimping groove.


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You can use any 45 caliber pistol bullet. As mentioned above, the rifle bullets will be too large.

If the bullet doesn't have a cannelure I wouldn't try pushing it too hard or the others in the gun may try to walk out.

I think you'll find most bullets with an appropriate weight for the cartridge will have a cannelure or crimping groove.
And if there is no cannelure, use a LEE factory crimp die,


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Locutus, So true. I was having problems with .45 Colt loads in a light revolver. I put a LEE FC die in the Dillion. Not only are the loads working without slip they look and fit very nice.
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Locutus, So true. I was having problems with .45 Colt loads in a light revolver. I put a LEE FC die in the Dillion. Not only are the loads working without slip they look and fit very nice.
That's sure been my experience.
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I load .452 diameter bullets when I load up some .45 colts.
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I load .452 diameter bullets when I load up some .45 colts.
If your weapon was manufactured after WW2 that is the correct diameter. Most Pre-WW2 had .454 bores. .452 bullets will work in these, but you lose accuracy and velocity.
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And if that is not bad enough? Some post war Colt SAA revolvers have .454 chambers and .452 bores.
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its a ruger redhawk so im assuming .451 and .452
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Yep, you are OK.
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And if that is not bad enough? Some post war Colt SAA revolvers have .454 chambers and .452 bores.
That's much better than the other way around.

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And if there is no cannelure, use a LEE factory crimp die,
For .45 Colt the Lee FCD doesn't crimp differently than any other pistol roll crimp die.

You're probably thinking of the FCD for rifle cartridges. It might be used to crimp into a bullet without a cannelure, but I wouldn't advise using the Carbide FCD for that. By squeezing more of the bullet down you could actually wind up with less neck tension.


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