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Old June 5, 2013, 07:25 PM   #1
baddarryl
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Are different dies required for Spl vs. Magnum Loads

I saw some 44spl die for sale locally today and wondered if they would work for magnum cases.

Also brings up the question about .38 and .357 dies. Thank you.
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Old June 5, 2013, 07:38 PM   #2
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Yup.

Ya just gotta back the expanding, seating and crimp functions when going from Special to Magnum.

UNLESS you do what I did in college. I bought a bud's Redding .357 dies, and they were truly .357. Had another bud at the summer job huck the seater/crimper in a lathe and turn off the mouth end so I could reload .38 Specials on it.

Then I bought a Magnum.

But I am shooting .38 Specials again now.
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Old June 5, 2013, 10:21 PM   #3
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Most but not all .357 Magnum die sets work with .38 specials. The same the other way around. Most dies sets I have seen in LGS have been for both.
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