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    have any of you 375 ruger reloaders used a lee factory crimper? i e-mailed lee asking if they made one and they wanted me to send in a dummy cartridge so they can custom build one for me. i am wondering if i could use a 375 h&h crimper instead? the rounds i am loading don't align with any crimp grooves. for load work up i am just going to single load so i won't have to worry about recoil shoving the bullet back. i also tried to use the roll crimp in the seating die and didn't have any luck there either. thanks

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    Lee factory crimper

    The Lee factoy crimpers work off the length of the case so you you would be SOL with a .375 H&H crimper. It would appear that you could use a .375 Ruger for a .375 H&H IF you made a cylindrical spacer to make the difference in length between the two cartridges.

    Check ou the diagrams in the Lee catalog and you can see how the factory crimpers work. I did had a friend have a custom one made up for a .500 NE and he says it works very well.


    Originally posted by kobuk View Post
    have any of you 375 ruger reloaders used a lee factory crimper? i e-mailed lee asking if they made one and they wanted me to send in a dummy cartridge so they can custom build one for me. i am wondering if i could use a 375 h&h crimper instead? the rounds i am loading don't align with any crimp grooves. for load work up i am just going to single load so i won't have to worry about recoil shoving the bullet back. i also tried to use the roll crimp in the seating die and didn't have any luck there either. thanks
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    • #3
      I have been using a Hornady die set for reloading the .375 Ruger and they do a great job of crimping the case. I have been reloading with Barnes X bullets that have rings for crimping the case into but i think it would work even without the rings. I use RCBS dies for my 300 win mag and the hornady dies seem to work much better for crimping and adjustability.

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      • #4
        i am also using the hornady dies and where the bullet is seated it doesn't align with any of the grooves, i tried to crimp it but it didn't look like it did anything until it bulged the case. i wasn't sure if the outer case mouth needed to be chamfered more for it to work or if it just isn't made to crimp without a cannelure groove. i did send off a dummy round yesterday but it looks like i have 6 weeks or so to wait for my custom factory crimp die from lee.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by bushmaster223 View Post
          I have been using a Hornady die set for reloading the .375 Ruger and they do a great job of crimping the case. I have been reloading with Barnes X bullets that have rings for crimping the case into but i think it would work even without the rings. I use RCBS dies for my 300 win mag and the hornady dies seem to work much better for crimping and adjustability.
          I think that the 'rings' on Barnes bullets are not for crimping into. They perform a relief function where copper can flow into as the bullet travels through the barrel that is supposed to reduce drag and pressure, so you don't have to seat or crimp to a groove.

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          • #6
            i agree with what you are saying, but it does give you a place to roll crimp if it did align up with one of the grooves. my bullets don't align up with any grooves and the roll crimp didn't work for me so i had to order the crimper from lee.

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            • #7
              on a different note, after i bulged my case, are you able to put it back through the fl sizer and salvage the case? i wasn't sure and didn't want to see how fun it would be to remove a stuck case from a sizer die?!

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              • #8
                Roger on that kobuk, that's how I came to be using the Lee factory crimp. When I first loaded TSX's I was trying to seat to a groove as if it were a cannelure. Then I got a Barnes manual.

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                • #9
                  I can see why you'd wanna crimp a 375 Ruger.

                  I wouldn't try crimping a Barnes Bulllet at a place where there is no groove, because I'm bettin, there wouldn't be enough give to the solid copper bullet.

                  I think that if the roll crimp didn't work, the Lee FC, wouldn't either.

                  Maybe, you could seat the bullet a little deeper to align the neck to a groove.

                  Let us know if the Lee FC die works like you hope it does.

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                  • #10
                    Interesting article on Barnes website. Search for crimping.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by ytlogger View Post
                      Interesting article on Barnes website. Search for crimping.
                      i tried the search but didn't find the article you are talking about, where exactly did you locate it?
                      Last edited by kobuk; 02-25-2011, 11:32. Reason: spelling

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                      • #12
                        It went to a page that seemed to have nothing to do with crimping... until I scrolled down after the third time.

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                        • #13
                          Well, that was something of an odyssey. I searched their site just now and couldn't find it, so I googled "crimping Barnes bullets" and one of the results was on the Barnes site, barnes newsletters September 2007 and scroll down to an article titles Ty's tips.

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                          • #14
                            Also April 2010. You have to click on the month/year.

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                            • #15
                              I use the LEE FCD in the 375 Ruger and love it. You can crimp without a cannelure. I like them so much that I have one for everything I reload as I prefer to crimp as a seperate process. For the 375 Ruger just send LEE a dummy cartridge and in about a week they send it back with your FCD.
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