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Taper or roll crinp on .38 special wadcutter for S&W 52?

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Post by ser2711 Sat May 15, 2021 1:33 am

For S&W 52-1 is it better have taper or roll crimping? commercial, like Winchester are roll but Gill Hobart hand load .38 special taper crimp ( see "The Pistol Shooter's Treasury")

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Post by OldShooter43 Sat May 15, 2021 5:45 am

I'd stick with the moderate roll crimp.

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Post by james r chapman Sat May 15, 2021 7:43 am

I suggest using the same roll crimp as the factory target loads used.
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Post by bruce martindale Sat May 15, 2021 8:16 am

Roll helps it feed. I had trouble with taper in mine

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Post by cdrt Sat May 15, 2021 8:25 am

Roll crimp. One of the guys here has one. I tried my taper crimped rounds in it, versus roll crimp. It definitely liked the roll crimped rounds better.
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Post by ric1911a1 Sat May 15, 2021 9:02 am

I like a roll crimp for my 1911A1 .38's. For the revolver I've tried both, and it doesn't seem to make any difference...........

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Post by BE Mike Sat May 15, 2021 9:16 am

I always used a taper crimp with my 52-1. I never had any problems. The old Winchester match ammo was taper crimped. I'm pretty sure that the roll crimp came about for PPC competitors for ease of loading the revolver cylinders. Either crimp works, so there is no wrong answer. See which one gets the best accuracy and feeds in your 52 and use that!
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Post by JIMPGOV Sat May 15, 2021 1:53 pm

REDDING MAKES A PROFILE CRIMP DIE. IT'S A COMBINATION TAPER & ROLL CRIMP. YEARS OF SHOOTING PPC I'VE FOUND THIS TO BE THE MOST ACCURATE ALMOST 100% OF THE TIME. IT ALSO AIDS IN FEEDING ON M52's. JP

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Post by Schaumannk Sat May 15, 2021 5:22 pm

JIMPGOV wrote:REDDING MAKES A PROFILE CRIMP DIE. IT'S A COMBINATION TAPER & ROLL CRIMP. YEARS OF SHOOTING PPC I'VE FOUND THIS TO BE THE MOST ACCURATE ALMOST 100% OF THE TIME. IT ALSO AIDS IN FEEDING ON M52's. JP

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From what I have heard, this may also be the best choice for 32S&W long.

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Post by jwax Thu May 27, 2021 6:03 pm

Ordered a Redding die. We shall see. My 52 is dandy at 25, but 50 yds, not so much.
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