Can I reload colt 45s with my hornady 450 die set?

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Can I reload colt 45s with my hornady 450 die set?

Postby Tripplebeards » Fri Aug 11, 2017 4:50 pm

Will this work or are the dies too long?
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Re: Can I reload colt 45s with my hornady 450 die set?

Postby Bmt85 » Fri Aug 11, 2017 5:17 pm

Looking at the dimensions of both cartridges in the Hornady loading manual, I'm betting on no. It looks like it will get close, but not quite there. Big thing I'm seeing is that the 45 colt is over .4" shorter, yet both cartridges are suppose to sized to .480" O.D. at their case mouth. I have a feeling you won't get proper tension on the bullet if you do it. It's worth trying, but I'm thinking it won't work.
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Re: Can I reload colt 45s with my hornady 450 die set?

Postby coyote wacker » Wed Aug 23, 2017 6:58 am

In a pinch you could use 45 Colt dies for 450 Bushmaster not the other way.....I've used 458 Winchester dies to load 458 Lott....444 Marlin dies for 44 Mag....357 Maximum in 357/38 dies....

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Re: Can I reload colt 45s with my hornady 450 die set?

Postby Texas Sheepdawg » Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:46 am

DO NOT ROLL CRIMP THE 450 BUSHMASTER CARTRIDGE!!!!
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Re: Can I reload colt 45s with my hornady 450 die set?

Postby plant_one » Wed Aug 23, 2017 10:16 am

Texas Sheepdawg wrote:DO NOT ROLL CRIMP THE 450 BUSHMASTER CARTRIDGE!!!!



or any straight wall cartridge thats either rimless or rebated for that matter!

taper crimp only!

these calibers headspace off the case mouth and can cause all kinds of bad things to happen if crimped incorrectly!
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Re: Can I reload colt 45s with my hornady 450 die set?

Postby Texas Sheepdawg » Wed Aug 23, 2017 1:57 pm

Save yourself a lot of grief.
Just buy the proper dies for the proper cartridge. There's zero reason to be taking shortcuts.
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