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Old June 1, 2013, 05:42 AM   #1
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Crimp 45ACP with Lee 45LC FCD?

I was just wondering: could I use the Lee FCD in .45 Colt to crimp a .45 ACP cartridge somehow? I know it's probably a long shot, seeing as how I have no idea how to get a shorter case into the longer die shaft, but I can't find a FCD in .45 ACP, and I already have the .45 Colt FCD.

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Old June 1, 2013, 06:28 AM   #2
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It might be possible to insert a spacer between the die adjustment screw and the die shaft, however the two cases have neck diameters of .480 (Colt) and .473 (ACP) so that might present another problem.

A bigger issue perhaps is that the crimp applied to the .45Colt is normally a roll crimp, whereas the .45ACP requires a taper crimp.
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Old June 1, 2013, 02:34 PM   #3
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No. The 45 Colt FCD applies a roll crimp, a very good one I might add. The 45 Auto requires a taper crimp for proper headspacing. Even if you could get a 45 Auto cartridge to contact the crimping portion of a 45 Colt FCD you would just end up ruining the cartridge.
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Old June 1, 2013, 02:35 PM   #4
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No. The 45acp case is too short to reach the crimping portion of the taller 45 Colt. Different kind of crimp too.
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