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    I am thinking about loading for my glock model 22 in 40 S&W. Have loaded for all kinds of rifles and several revolvers but no semi-autos. I have a single stage press and about anything else that I would need. Is this a simple process to load for a semi-auto? How do you set the seating die to seat and crimp in one step? I can use some information on this. Thanks.

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    The .40 S&W is a fairly easy round to reload. My wife carries a G27 and likes to practice so she keeps me busy. I use a separate die for seating and crimping. It is possible to do both in one step but I've always preferred two steps. I run a Dillon 550B and if I get started early in the morning, I can do 1000 rounds before lunch. If you plan to reload for volume, you'll spend a lot of time at the bench trying to feed that G22 using a single stage press.
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    I use a single stage, but I seat and crimp in the same die. I may not pump out huge amounts of ammo but how often do you plan on using a thousand rounds?

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    Most reloading die sets come with instructions for seating and crimping in one step, as well as seating without crimping. I used to use my single stage to load for my 40 and my 9mm, 100 rounds at a time. Not as fast as my progressive, but not an all-day affair, either.
    If your dies don't have instructions, you can find and download them at the die manufacturer's website.
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    I've always seated and crimped in the same stroke using RCBS dies. Set your die up for it, load a couple, then try cycling them through your gun to make sure it is set up right (to be ultra safe, load them without primer and powder). Shouldn't be an issue.

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    Remember you want a 'tapered' crimp and not a rolled crimp like on a 44 mag. I use the seat/crimp die in one station. I am using RCBS die and a older Piggy back set up. I can not do as many as a Dillon but my gear is paid for. If you do not one already, I would also sugget getting acase gage. They come in handy when there might be an issue. Have fun loading for the 40.

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