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Old December 27, 2011, 09:14 AM   #1
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Reloading the .327 Federal on a Pro 1000 press

Hi, I searched but couldn't find anything specific to my situation. I have a Lee Pro 1000 that I use to reload 9mm, 9x18 mak, 40 and .223, but am interested in reloading the 327 Federal cartridge as well and am at a loss on how to proceed.

I have seen several articles online stating that I can use "the RCBS" dies but the articles don't specify on which set of dies (I assume they mean the standard .32 dies?)

Also, even if I were to use the RCBS dies, I believe I would need to hand-charge each round, sincethe RCBS dies don't do through-die charging?

Does anyone have any experience reloading this round that could let me know which part numbers to order and any major pitfalls to be aware of?

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Old December 27, 2011, 01:00 PM   #2
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The RCBS part number for their carbide 3-die set is: 21412.
Hornady has now, officially, labelled their dies for .327 Federal (pn 546509).

.32 H&R dies from Redding (88261), and Lee (.32 S&W Long / .32 H&R - pn 90809) work as well.

If you want powder-through-expander case charging, just find a Lee .32 S&W Long expander die (pn 90490). I very much dislike the profile of their expanders, but most of that is due to personal preference, and the particular bullets I use.
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Old December 27, 2011, 03:26 PM   #3
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The Lee .32 H&R Magnum dies work perfectly well on a Lee Pro-1000 (and any other press) and include the powder-thru-expander you seek. For a shell plate, it's the same one that works for .380 Auto.

I use a Pro-1000 to great effect for all my brass prepping. (I size, deprime, reprime and mouth flare with it) while I continue to meter my own powder and seat each round with my single stage press. I obviously do exactly that for my .327 Federal loads. About the only difference in doing .327 on the Pro-1000 from all the others that I do is simply that .327 is long, thin & tall, which makes them a bit wobbly and top-heavy while moving them in to the Pro-1000. Not a big problem, but not quite as super-smooth and fast as, say, the squatty little 9mm.
Attention Brass rats and other reloaders: I really need .327 Federal Magnum brass, no lot size too small. Tell me what caliber you need and I'll see what I have to swap. PM me and we'll discuss.
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