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Beginner reloading # 2

Will a lee factory crimp die for 30-30 win, work for the 30 Rem ?


  • charliemeyer007charliemeyer007 Member Posts: 7,250 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1

    It might. I used 30-30 dies to load my 30 Rem ammo with the correct shell holder.

    Ask Lee

    I don't agree that crimping needs to be a separate process/stage. Doing it as a final step certainly doesn't reduce accuracy, the question is does it add any accuracy.

    I seat almost all my bullets in a 2 step process. About half way in I lower the ram, spin the case 180 degrees then finish seating and the crimp if I'm doing one.

    Proof is in the group size. Keep good notes.

    Meaning no offence But one of my buddies told me to "Do it the Navy way - Measure it with a micrometer - mark it with chalk and then whack it out with an ax."
  • AmbroseAmbrose Member Posts: 3,128 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Per the Lyman reloading book, the .30-30 max. case length is 2.039" and the .30 Rem., 2.050" so it should be close. That Lee die is somewhat tolerant of case length so I guess I'd try it with one cartridge and see what I get. An advantage with the Lee die is that there is very little chance of the case shoulder buckling since the collet moves with the case rather than the case mouth bumping against the crimping ridge as in a conventional seating die. My .30 Remington rifle is a bolt action so I've not had occasion to crimp.
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