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Old December 3, 2000, 11:30 PM   #1
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For over 10 years all of my .45ACP practice loads have been:

4.6gr W231 behind a hard cast 200gr LSWC; a light, pleasant shooting but accurate load.

4.5gr W231 behind a hard cast 230gr LRN.

A couple of days ago I disassembled my Dillon for repair and maintenance and noticed that the crimping die was cranked all the way down for maximum crimp. Apparently, I have loaded and fired several thousand rounds with the die set to maximum. I never noticed any difference in the way the ammo performed.

I prefer a heavy crimp, but I gotta wonder... How much is TOO much?

I only reload the .45ACP for practice. For bidness I use Federal 230gr Hydra-Shok.
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Old December 3, 2000, 11:51 PM   #2
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Short of deforming the bullet past recognition, I don't think you can crimp too much. The US govmint ammo for 45 used a "sealant" that pretty much glued the bullet in place.

You can screw up the cases, too. But I loose them before I wear them out.
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Old December 4, 2000, 01:12 AM   #3
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Thanks Archie. That's a big relief. I have about 4200 rounds crimped that way. I had forgotten about the 'sealed' GI ammo.
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