A friend is getting into reloading. He has a 9mm die set. Can it be used to reload my 380?
You know thats an interesting question and i can't say for positive so we may need to wait for some 100% certian answers but!A friend is getting into reloading. He has a 9mm die set. Can it be used to reload my 380?
I agree.Nope. The 9mm is a more tapered case and longer. The .380 is straighter-walled and ever so slightly smaller in diameter. The 9mm sizing die will be too big. I load for both, with separate dies.
Do you mind explaining the problem with Lee's seating/crimping dies?Well I thought I bought a Lee .380 4-die set but when I checked my receipts I see I bought the FCD separately. I don't normally use my FCD much, I use a Hornady taper crimp die most of the time in .380. But I quit using the Lee seating die and my problems went away. Sometimes I wonder if the Lee FCD was invented to correct deficiencies in the Lee seating dies. Really not sure about that though.
I don't mean to be bad-mouthing Lee, just my experience. I use them, but I always seem to end up replacing their seating dies. I really like Redding's stuff, but it is a lot more expensive.
I keep getting excessive runout, or to be more technical, da bullets is catywampus, not sitting straight in the case. This tends to be much worse with the shorter, lighter weight bullets. It was especially bad with the .380. You could see they were crooked. I had the proper seating punch. Switched to a Redding .380 die and it worked perfectly.I'd like to know too.