LFCD vs Dillon rifle crimp die

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  1. uofaengr

    uofaengr

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    I don't want this to be a thread about whether crimping is desired, but I'm using a Dillon 3 die set for .223 in a 650, and for now am using the crimp die since these rounds are being used in ARs and AKs. I'm using exclusively bullets with a cannelure, and am applying a light crimp.

    A lot of people rave about the Lee Factory Crimp rifle die, and I was wondering for those who have used both, is one better than the other, or are they roughly the same in use?
     
  2. Hoser

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    Most all of my 223 ammo gets used in AR-15s, a few of my 223 AKs and my M-16.

    I dont crimp even though I am mainly using Hornady 55 FMJs with a cannelure.

    If I was going to start crimping I would go with the Dillon taper crimp as it is more simple with fewer moving parts to break or wear out.

    The last die on my 223 toolhead is a Redding body die which sizes the base and bumps the shoulder. I do that just to be 100% sure my ammo fits in the chamber.
     
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    Forgive my ignorance on the Redding die because I may be asking a stupid question here lol, but is that not accomplished well enough during full length sizing?
     
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    It is just a CYA step. Just in case the case didnt get 100% FL resized back to spec for some reason, the body die catches any errors on my part.
     
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    I have tried both and prefer the Dillon product.
     
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    I dont crimp, ar15 ammo either. Neck tendion holds the bullet, even if you have a slight setback, isnt affecting much.