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Old June 20, 2007, 04:27 PM   #1
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.380ACP with 9mm dies?

I'm dusting off my reloading bench & planning to start loading 9mm Luger soon d/t rising ammo costs. I'm also thinking about getting a .380ACP pistol as an alternate CCW.

Can you use 9mm dies to load .380ACP in the same way one uses .357Mag dies to load .38Special?

Many thanks in advance....
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Old June 20, 2007, 04:32 PM   #2
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.380 is a straight case of thinner brass than tapered 9mm P. The 9mm sizing die won't take it down small enough to grip a bullet.
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Old June 20, 2007, 10:16 PM   #3
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As Jim said, the case is thinner and shorter. Lowering the die to crimp will not work, and the seating will be lousy.
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Old June 20, 2007, 11:04 PM   #4
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I had the same idea and actually tried it. The answers above are correct, it just does'nt work.
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