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Old February 3, 2005, 09:31 PM   #1
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38/357 dies

Which way does it work? Will a 357 die load a 38 also? I know the 38 will load a 357 now that I'm home with them and have looked in the package.
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Old February 3, 2005, 09:45 PM   #2
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My Lee dies do both 38/357
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Old February 3, 2005, 10:09 PM   #3
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I have not seen dies specific to either case length. I have RCBS and Hornady and just need to adjust the die height when going from one to the other.
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Old February 3, 2005, 10:39 PM   #4
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A .357 seating and crimping die will not be able to crimp the shorter .38 case.

I can think of no reason to get a .357 only die set.
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Old February 4, 2005, 05:07 PM   #5
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LOL Lee N. Field

They are the same.
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Old February 4, 2005, 11:08 PM   #6
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Actually not.

I have an old RCBS .357 die set. The crimping die, as I said, cannot be adjusted low enough to crimp a .38 case. It is different.
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Old February 5, 2005, 12:36 AM   #7
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If the dies are marked .357 magnum, then they won't work for .38 Spl.
If the dies are marked .38 Spl., then you can reload both the .38 Spl. and .357 Mag. by adjusting the dies accordingly. However, to make it simple, I believe RCBS still sells spacers to use to eliminate the constant readjustment. Just set the dies up for .38 Spl. and when you want to do .357s, place the spacer between the die and the press. I made my own spacers from some delrin rings I had on hand. Had to file them down a bit as they were a bit too thick, but they worked just fine.
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Old February 5, 2005, 12:51 PM   #8
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My Lee 389/357 carbide dies puts a nice crimp on .38Spl cases.
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Old February 5, 2005, 09:03 PM   #9
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I went to exchange them and the guy who runs the reloading department was out and they didn't have any .38 special dies in. I got anxious and tired of waiting (I'm like a child with a new toy) and tried them. They won't flare the case mouth on a .38 and I only tried to crimp on 2 .38 bullets. The first bullet I seated flush with the case mouth oops. The second I went a little past the crimp groove so it wouldn't crimp either. I think tomorrow I'll go to Bass Pro and see what they have in stock. Last time I was in the only had 3 Lee sets and I'm not sure what they were and they had a whole stack of RCBS dies bellow that. After using the Lee I think I might like the RCBS better since they don't have the rubber washers to prevent them from moving.
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Old February 9, 2005, 03:09 PM   #10
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You could just get a Lee Factory Crimp die.
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