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Old April 9, 2000, 02:59 PM   #1
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Has anyone loaded .45 Schofield on their Dillon 550B? If so, what shellplate is necessary? Thanks and God bless. Hugh
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Old April 9, 2000, 03:47 PM   #2
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Well, the proper name is .45 S&W...but that is neither here nor there. You have often seen the .45 Colt called the "Long Colt", which is not a proper name either. (We generally cause more confusion than necessary!)

The .45 Colt was nick-named the ".45 Long" and the .45 S&W was nick-named the ".45 Short" by the good old boys in blue, the US Horse Soldier.

The Smith version is of the same dimensions as the Colt version, except (guess what?) in length...

You can form .45 S&W from .45 Colt brass...

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Old April 9, 2000, 03:55 PM   #3
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SKR - Thanks for the information. I'm interested in the unprimed brass sold by Starline and identified by the manufacturer as ".45 S&W Schofield". I read on that this round required a different shellholder than the .45 Colt. I assumed that the author of the article was referring to convention metallic presses, and not a progressive Dillon with a shellplate. Thanks for clearing that up. God bless. Hugh
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Old April 10, 2000, 07:51 PM   #4
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The 45 Schofield has two dimensions different
from the .45 Colt - the length and the RIM diameter. S&W made the rim larger in diameter so the ejector star could work on the S&W revolvers. It's also the reason that there aren't any old lever action rifles in 45 Colt. After WWII, the 45 Colt rim was made a little larger also ( from .501 to .512), and now the lever action rifles work better, but the 45 Colt rim is still several hundreths smaller that the 45 S&W (.536). Call Dillon and ask if they have a shell plate for the 45 S&W, maybe the 44/40 shell plate would work; .536 rim, but the body diameter is smaller than the 45 Colt or 45 S&W.
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