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.45 ACP crimp or no crimp

This is a discussion on .45 ACP crimp or no crimp within the The Ammo Can forums, part of the Armory Talk category; i am getting ready to load my first batch of .45 acp . i have read that little to no crimp should be used. do ...


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Old 01-27-2009, 09:01 AM   #1
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.45 ACP crimp or no crimp

i am getting ready to load my first batch of .45 acp . i have read that little to no crimp should be used. do you guy use a lite on your .45 acp?
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Old 01-27-2009, 09:14 AM   #2
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I use a Hornady taper crimp die for .45 ACP. Not really sure how much crimp I use but I guess I could measure it later tonight if you'd like
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Old 01-27-2009, 10:38 AM   #3
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All you need to do is remove the bell from the case mouth unless you'll be shooting your reloads from a revolver, ie. S&W 25 or 625, then a roll crimp would be useful.
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Old 01-27-2009, 10:39 AM   #4
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ALL semiauto pistol rounds should have a light taper crimp, always. Despite what some guys will say about there ammo running fine w/o, it will run better with a taper crimp. They will chamber better, & accuracy often improves from consistant bullet pull.
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Old 01-27-2009, 02:50 PM   #5
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+1 to what Fred says.

I use a taper crimp of 0.005", maximum, measured at the case mouth. A crimp of 0.002" - 0.003" is enough. Too much crimp will damage the bullet and too little can result in feeding problems. I use the barrel from the pistol I'm reloading for as a gauge. The finished round should drop easily into the chamber with a definite "thunk" sound when it bottoms out. The case head should be flush with the end of the barrel hood.
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Old 01-27-2009, 04:48 PM   #6
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I use a Dillon taper crimp die for my .45's. I crimp them to .469, approximately .0015 per side. Visually, it's not much!
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I use a Dillon taper crimp die for my .45's. I crimp them to .469, approximately .0015 per side. Visually, it's not much!
+1, Just enough to show it is crimped.
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I do not understand what you mean by this question: "do you guy use a lite on your .45 acp?"
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Old 01-27-2009, 05:26 PM   #9
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I use a small taper crimp as well on all autoloading ammo.
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ALL semiauto pistol rounds should have a light taper crimp, always. Despite what some guys will say about there ammo running fine w/o, it will run better with a taper crimp. They will chamber better, & accuracy often improves from consistant bullet pull.
Bingo... I ran my loads for through the XD without a crimp up until I got my Sig, which needed crimped loads to not FTF. Its really a good idea to taper crimp em all.
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