Johnny Knight Posted March 22 Share Posted March 22 I know there have been quite a few threads on reloading 44-40, I've gone back through a bunch of them. I've been using a combination of the RCBS cowboy dies with the Lee Factory crimp die, but still having occasional issues where the rounds do not want to fully seat in the cylinder. To accommodate the .429 barrel on the Ruger vaquero I've been using epoxy coated .430 bullets. To ensure uniformity on the bullets, they have been run through a separate .430 sizing die. On the Rugers, the cylinders have already been reamed to address the known undersized throat issue. I'm using the Lee powder through expander die where I've swapped out the expander plug from a 44 spl/mag (.430) instead of the original expander plug from the 44-40 (.427). The issue is I have gotten inconsistent results. Some cases load just fine, while others are shaving lead and/or are bulging in the neck. It seems I'm getting inconsistent expansion on the case from the Lee expander die. In looking at other options for expansion dies, I ran across the Redding premium expansion die. I like the profile and it seems they prioritized getting the dimensions precise with a smoother coating to help prevent sticking. I'm wondering if anyone has used this die in reloading this cartridge? As an additional data point, the load is 15 gn of APP 3f, using the backer rod for a bit of compression. Any input would be appreciated. Regards, Johnny Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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