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Old 10-01-2020, 1:36 PM
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Default Is it important to use Expander die to reload 44mag?

Im using single stage press. Is it important to use Expander die? I am using jacketed bullets.
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Old 10-01-2020, 2:35 PM
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I dont use an expander with my jacketed .44. I definitely use it with my cast bullets though
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Old 10-01-2020, 2:49 PM
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Try one

If it’s easy to load, continue on

If difficult, open the brass just enough so you can load without messing up a case mouth and or shaving a projectile
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What hermosa said.
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Use a vld chamfer tool and put a slight chamfer on the inside of the case mouth. Then your jacketed and plated bullets won’t shave. Most have a beveled base and start pretty easy into the case.
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With jacketed bullets especially barnes tsx yes. I have fed up a couple cases not doing that.
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The purpose of the expander is to open the mouth of the cartridge so that a bullet can be inserted and then pressed into the case, without crushing the case. On all of my pistol cartridges, including .44 Magnum cases, I only open the mouth slightly.
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My quality of life greatly improved when I discovered expander dies for pistol cartridges.
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Yes, like everyone said. You shouldn't over flare or over crimp because that could eventually cause small cracks along the edge of the case mouth. If you see something suspicious run your finger nail around the edge to see if it is a crack.
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Agreed. Just a little bit of flare is all that you need. This goes for cast lead bullets, too, BTW, of which I reload and shoot plenty.
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Just loaded 30 lead free 44 mag for hunting. Takes only a few minutes to expand them all and they insert so much straighter, easier, and trouble free with just the slightest flare.

I have the Redding expander. Bullet slides in so straight with no fiddling around. Time and money well spent.


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I always flare the case for 44, 41 and 38 / 357. Just use the minimum amount needed to seat the bullet without crunching the case.
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Yes, because on the first die I already resized-squeeze the brass to smaller. On the second die I need to expande the brass so it fit the bullet easier.
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Thank you all for the advises.
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