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Old 04-17-2009, 4:25 AM
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Slash, My Lee 45-70 FCD arrived today. How did you get the collet out of the die to shorten the crimping section?

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I chucked the end of the collet that sticks out of the housing up in my lathe so that the housing was smack up against the jaws of the chuck, then I screwed the nut that is on the housing tight against the chuck jaws. Further tightening will force the housing away from the chuck and off of the collet.

If you don't have a lathe you could use a vise with a couple of chunks of wood to protect the collet end. Or vise grips, a C clamp, somebody with a really string grip, you get the picture.
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