Using Dies on different calibers

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by Trez, Dec 30, 2011.

  1. Trez

    Trez Well-Known Member

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    Can I use .38 special dies to reload .38 S&W or .38 Long Colt? Ive never seen those two sets of dies and would like to reload them for my Medusa...

    How about 9mm (9x19) dies on 9x21 or 9x23?

    Or do I have to continue my never ending search for the dies too?
     
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  2. willfully armed

    willfully armed New Member

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    38 spl is .358 , 38 s&w is .361. Short answer no.

    On the 9mm, yes.
     

  3. cottontop

    cottontop Guest

    I once knew a gunsmith who used to load 6mm Remington with.243 dies. Of course he could only neck size the brass and other than that, it worked. Not sure about the pistol dies.
    cottontop
     
  4. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Nope- not on the .38s. Research bullet diameter, not the name of the cartridge.
     
  5. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    you might not be able to fully resize the larger 9m/m's with the 9x19 dies. But it would still work. You can use your 38 special (or 357) dies for .38 short Colt or .38 Long Colt but you would not be able to crimp the shorter cases. With no crimp you might have to shoot them single shot as the bullets would maybe work forward from the recoil (might still work as these are very mild loadings).
     
  6. Trez

    Trez Well-Known Member

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    So where do they send the poor and insane?.. I have the feeling this guns going to make me both.... :p

    Found the dies.. looks like 9mm does 9x19, 9x21 and depending on the set 9x23... .38 short colt and long colt use the same dies.. and nothing shares with the .38 S&W..

    Looks like I may have to find some older books as well, I dont have any listings for .38 short/long colt, or .38 S&W

    So, the quest continues....... :)
     
  7. willfully armed

    willfully armed New Member

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    iirc, the lee second edition lists all.
     
  8. Trez

    Trez Well-Known Member

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    Looks like Mr. Phillips made a mistake... The .38 S&W IS listed in the acceptable calibers for the Medusa. But the Medusa has a bore size of .355-.357.. The .38 S&W is .361 wouldnt that be too big? Thats about the size of the 9mm Markarov (.363) and I know it doesnt shoot that...

    Well if anybody needs any .38 S&W brass, I have a ton of it.... :(
     
  9. Trez

    Trez Well-Known Member

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    Awesome, ill have to go get a copy.. Thanks!
     
  10. hmh

    hmh New Member

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    Got a question .380 on 9mm dies and cast bullets
     
  11. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    No and yes. The 9mm dies will only size a very small portion of the mouth of the .380. The .380 is a straight wall case and the 9mm has a pronounced taper. The bullets will work, but the .380 will work best with bullets lighter than 115 gr