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Old September 4, 2005, 06:52 PM   #1
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44 spl, 44 magnum dies interchangable?

I'm looking at a set of Lee dies (the 4 die set) for 44 Special and 44 Magnum. I'm wondering - in general are 44 spl dies always interchangable with 44 magnum?

What's the reason behind this - same diameter case, just different lengths?
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Old September 4, 2005, 08:19 PM   #2
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Yes, and yes.

Same with .357/.38 Spl.
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Old September 4, 2005, 10:48 PM   #3
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Rock on.

Side note : UMC and Federal 44 mag brass are an absolute breeze to prime with an auto-prime, as compared to my experiences with WWB .45 ACP.
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Old September 5, 2005, 10:51 AM   #4
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44 sp vs 44 MAG

The case height is the only difference. Most die manufacturers incclude a spacer that you place on before you screw in the die (or dies if you have a progressive press..
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Old September 5, 2005, 12:26 PM   #5
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RCBS used to include the spacer, but it drove me nuts, so I just readjusted the dies.

A few years ago I lucked into a spare set of .38/.357 Lee dies very cheap, and now have one set for .38 and one set for .357.
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