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Interesting Quote from John Lee about the FCD.

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Colorado4Wheel, Oct 15, 2011.


  1. Colorado4Wheel

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    Someone over at cast bullets is starting a campaign to get Lee to make a FCD with out the carbide ring. At first he wanted a Lead Friendly FCD but it appears John Lee nixed that idea. Anyway. Supposedly the FCD has a special type of design for the crimper. I have read that for years. Anyway, Lee is basically saying what I have said for the last 4 years. FCD is sized .001-.002" smaller then sammi spec. I always thought it was .003" because that is what all mine actually measure at. To be fair it's really hard to measure a I.D. to .001" anyway with regular calipers. He also confirms the "spring back" that I have talked about for years. Basically, Na Na Na Na Na. :tongueout:

    For the record once again. Use one if you like. I could care less. To each his own. But I was right. The FCD is sized smaller then Sammi spec. Just like I have said all along.

    http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?t=130334
     

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    #1 Colorado4Wheel, Oct 15, 2011
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  4. Colorado4Wheel

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    Yep, anyone that has ever taekne the time to actually measure before & after w/ the LFCD knows this. Nice of Mr Lee to confirm it. Now if someone could explain what a LFCD w/o the sizer ring is? Woul that not just be a seating die w/ built in crimp ring like all other dies are made?
     
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    The last thing I want to do is start any kind of p**** match, but if I recall, your position was that the fcd sized the bullet down and therefore made it a product you had issue with. I held the position that it worked for me because it didn't size the bullet and simply put a crimp on the case. The post sizing ring per your letter is that it sizes .001 - .002 below MAXIMUM SAAMI. I contend that since my cases were already below that measurement, the ring did not effect it. We agreed to disagree.

    I actually do mix brass and even though I don't always use a fcd, I still haven't had an issue, but I size lead bullets so they probably don't cause the case to swell and create an issue.

    The letter doesn't surprise me a great deal because it says that the ring defacing bullet will only happen when the bullet is already oversize. If you take away that variable, you shouldn't have an issue. I will admit that for loaders who are not preparing ammo correctly, the fcd "fixes" things so that they will chamber and agree with those that make that contention.

    For me, the die is valuable because it allows me to easily adjust bullet depth with the seating die and not touch the fcd and it gives a proper crimp regardless of the small differences in case length.
     
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    My point always was that a perfectly good, in spec round was larger then the carbide ring on the FCD. That is pretty much it. And that is what Lee is saying as well.
     
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    When you say "in spec", you are talking about the Maximum SAAMI, correct? That is how I read the letter. If your round is say .002 under Max - are you saying that per the letter, the die would effect that round as well?
     
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    So using 10mm as a example. Max case O.D. at the end of the case is .423". If your round is .423" at the case mouth and the FCD is .421" (as Lee said) then the round is going to be sized in the FCD(your squeezing a .423" case into a .421" die). It's a sizer. That is what it does. Now the question you are asking is will it actually change the bullet. That is a huge "it depends". I found in 10mm it does a little bit. This is the EXACT scenario we discussed before. Only difference is I said the FCD is actually .420" not .421" as Lee said. That is only a .001" difference from his letter (assuming the .002" rather then the .001"). But we all know .001" in a bullet size can make a HUGE difference in accuracy. Personally, I think FMJ are less likely to be sized. Brass has more spring back then Lead alone. Lead is always .001" larger. In this situation the Lead is likely going to get sized down. I was just loading some 10mm on my LCT. Finished rounds at the case mouth measured no smaller then .421" and many were right at .423". Those are real numbers. All were in spec, all fit the case gauge easily.
     
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    Not if they are both .002" Under SAAMI. Of course not.
     
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    Then we are actually saying the same thing. My contention is that the die carbide ring wont effect the cartridge if it is below the maximum SAAMI spec. If it is Max - then it would. It would also explain why I haven't had an issue due to sized bullets and apparantly, a good sizing die.

    Even though I size bullets, I've said before that I tend not to use it for lead bullets simply because they are by nature .001 to .002 larger than a jacketed bullet and if time is an issue, I don't size the bullets. However, if sized only .001 beyond jacketed, they are either not effected, or you would feel a very slight bump from the bullet at the top which I don't belive effects accuracy in short range handgun shooting. (That is also assuming a thicker case)

    I'm glad you posted the letter, I think it helped alleviate our misunderstanding on the issue and hopefully, others as well.
     
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    The issue is the in between area of -.002 Under SAAMI SPEC, to right at SAAMI spec. Then if your die is just a smidge smaller (like nearly all of mine it seems). It expands that range a bit. BUT, if your round is .002" (give or take a little) under SAAMI and your die is also .002" (give or take) the FCD won't do much if anything. Metal and lead does spring back a little. So your probably safe.

    Glad we cleared the air.
     
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    I wonder if John Lee ever flagellated himself with a LNL?
     
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    :popcorn: so... are we for or against? this is a great thread
     
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    That .001 to .002 probably tightens up over time before JL replaces those reamers though. :supergrin:
     
  18. Uncle Don

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    I'm not a machinist, but it does't seem that a reamer would would work on carbide - they probably form those over a mandrel of some sort. I could be wrong as I certainly have before but it seems that only diamond would effect something as hard as carbide.
     
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    When the CFC die came out, they said it made use of the closet full of carbide rings they had accumulated that came out too large for a resizing die.

    If you use same lot number brass of medium or thin wall thickness and jacketed or hand cast and sized bullets, you don't need a CFC die. But if you are loading plinking ammo with mixed brass and cheap bulk bullets, then one will come in handy. And I doubt many of us use that type ammo for 50 yard slow fire. So it becomes a question of function more than accuracy.
     
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    A Lee sizing die is about .010" SMALLER then saami spec.
    All the Lee Carbide Factory Crimp Die I have measured are about .003" SMALLER then saami spec.
    Lee says his FCD is .002-.001" smaller then saami spec

    So I would guess that is a rumor.