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Post by Dcforman on 8/17/2019, 8:08 am

Hey all. I've been loading 38 special for revolvers only, but am going to start reloading for an autoloader. What's the best roll crimp die?

Thanks!

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Post by PhotoEscape on 8/17/2019, 8:39 am

You might want to consider taper crimp die for semi-auto as well, Dave.
I use both Redding Competition Micro-adjustable Taper (for 0.357"/0.358" bullets) and Profile (for Remington HBWC) crimp dies. 

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Post by Dcforman on 8/17/2019, 10:53 am

AP, how deep are you seating rounds for an autoloader with a taper crimp? I've been told to seat just below flush, and I'm not sure this would work with a taper crimp.

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Post by james r chapman on 8/17/2019, 12:38 pm

personally, as long as you crimp separately a roll is a roll...
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Post by JIMPGOV on 8/17/2019, 1:02 pm

THE BEST 3 CRIMP DIE I'VE FOUND FOR 38 WADCUTTERS IS THE REDDING PROFILE CRIMP DIE. GREAT IN 38 PPC GUNS AS WELL AS THE MDL 52. I SEAT JUST BELOW FLUSH . WITH REMINGTON BULLETS IT'S A NECESSITY. IT'S ALSO GREAT WITH STAR OR ZERO BULLETS. JP

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Post by PhotoEscape on 8/17/2019, 1:28 pm

Best Roll Crimp die for 38 special Img_4310
As a concept, I'm trying to load as long as I can for particular gun.  Picture represents four different loads for M52.  For P240 and Colt Special Midrange I can go a little bit longer.  I don't load specifically for revolver (yet), but I would experiment with longer round when I do.  None of the rounds loaded with bullets below top of the case.  I use stronger crimp on HBWC than on coated DEWC.  DEWCs are sized to 0.357" / 0.358". 
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Post by Wes Lorenz on 8/18/2019, 12:44 am

I used the same ammo loaded on my Square Deal for PPC/revolver and BE/S&W mdl 52.
I modified a Lee Factory Crimp Die by machining the proper OD and brazing on a washer at the top to fit in the Square Deal crimp station.
Shot some outstanding targets with both guns.
Hope this helps,
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