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    Default Lee Carbide Factory Crimp Die 480 Ruger??

    In another thread some members said they have/use this die. I can not find where Lee makes such a die. I can find on their site where they will make the regular factory crimp die, but no mention of a carbide one. Have I not found the right place yet to get a carbide die or is there some confusion?

    For those with the regular factory crimp die for the 480 Ruger: Lee says to send in an empty case (no powder or primer) with a seated bullet so they can make the die. Is this the route you took to get one of these dies?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeonardC View Post
    In another thread some members said they have/use this die. I can not find where Lee makes such a die. I can find on their site where they will make the regular factory crimp die, but no mention of a carbide one. Have I not found the right place yet to get a carbide die or is there some confusion?

    For those with the regular factory crimp die for the 480 Ruger: Lee says to send in an empty case (no powder or primer) with a seated bullet so they can make the die. Is this the route you took to get one of these dies?

    Thank you.
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    I see Lee Carbide Factory Crimp Dies listed, but not for 480 or 500. There is 454, but not in a set.

    I dunno why they wouldn't make them for 480 or 500 . Were I you, I'd quiry them about it.

    The Deluxe 4 die sets include the FC die. That's what I have for 357, 44 mag, and 45 ACP . I didn't know they were Carbide. It looks like they are all carbide, at least, now.

    They do Roll Crimp. Cept the 45 ACP does a Taper Crimp. Lee also makes a Collet style FC die for rifles. That makes 3 types of FC dies. IIRC, they make another one .

    Clazy mon.

    Give them a holler. I've contacted Lee before, ordered from the website, always got a good reception.

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    It may have been me who chimed in because I have many Lee Factory Crimp Dies. However, I just ran out to my shop to double check and the crimp die I use for my .480 Ruger is a 'Redding 86380 Profile Crimp Series C .480 Ruger/.475 Linebaugh' die. Sorry if I added to the confusion. The Redding die works very well for me. I may have run into the same problem you are having when I set up for the .480 Ruger, just can't remember.
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    Thanks guys.

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    I have sent a 375 Ruger casing in to Lee to have them custom make me a crimp die. It was pretty fast and works great. I own several of their factory crimp dies and highly recommend giving them a try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kobuk View Post
    I have sent a 375 Ruger casing in to Lee to have them custom make me a crimp die. It was pretty fast and works great. I own several of their factory crimp dies and highly recommend giving them a try.
    I wonder why they want a case to make a Crimp Die, cept maybe they don't have one.

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    I can only speculate I guess if it isn't one of their normally stocked items they want to make sure they have the correct length, etc. I know that there are all sorts of wildcat cartridges out there and they can make a crimp for any combo. This was quite a few years ago and the 375 Ruger was fairly new, they may have a stock crimp today. I could also be a matter of how popular one is before they stock them.

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    I use the Lee Case Length Gauge/Holder for trimming cases and have had to send several cases to them before receiving the gauge. I think the last one I sent them was .22/250AI.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kobuk View Post
    I can only speculate I guess if it isn't one of their normally stocked items they want to make sure they have the correct length, etc. I know that there are all sorts of wildcat cartridges out there and they can make a crimp for any combo. This was quite a few years ago and the 375 Ruger was fairly new, they may have a stock crimp today. I could also be a matter of how popular one is before they stock them.
    I see.
    Probably just using the same procedure they'd do, if for a Wildcat.

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    I use the heavy crimp die that came with my Hornady die set. Works wonderfully. No bullet creep.

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    How close is it to the 475 Limbaugh? Maybe that die will work for the 480 Ruger too? Assuming Lee sells a 475 Limbaugh crimp die.

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    Just to wind this thread up: I didn't find what I wanted on Lee's site that I wanted to jump through the hoops to get. I poked around Midway's site and found "close enough" for me. I got a "Lee Collet-Style Crimp Die" for the 480 Ruger and 500 S&W. The Carbide would have been nice but I can live without it (both revolvers have a built in round checker) and the Lee dies make it easier for me to seat and crimp in 2 steps.

    Following up on Kobuk's advice I also found 375 Ruger and 32 WS Factory Crimp Dies in case I ever have the need to crimp those rounds.

    Thanks for the help.

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