I decided to make a FCD. Below is how it went:
Started with a LEE 22 Hornet FCD
http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct/?p ... ber=523023
Note that the midway stock photo shows a long unthreaded range under the knurl...
however, the one I received had threads all the up to the knurl (good thing, allows the room to keep a lock nut)
Keep in mind as well that other have reported QA issues with how deep the slots are cut into the insert and some have not been able to shorten them without ruining the insert... (I got Lucky)
Also to remove the insert I used MO's method of putting a deep socket on the insert(slid into the die sleeve from the top) and knocking it out with a hammer. (MO's sites a 10mm, but my 10mm was too thick to sit inside the sleeve and reach the top of the insert. I used a smaller one that fit)
Next, had to determine how much to shorten the insert and outer die sleeve. (I used a dremel cutting wheel to cut both die sleeve and insert I cut the insert to 1.023" and the sleeve to 1.90")
My thinking was that the casing needed to be near the top of the insert for maximum crimp WRONG)
see pic. (length of top of case to bevel is 1.02" and another thread here noted 1.02, so I thought that was safe...WRONG)
I had already cut my insert to a length 1.023" before finding out that is too short
In reality the case mouth needs to be a good bit lower than the top of the insert.
I used a washer to make up this difference (since I already cut my insert too short)
If I did this again, I would cut my insert to 1.10" The Sleeve I cut to 1.90"
To show how the depth of the case in the insert affects the crimp I crimped one round with the washer and one without it
see pic (right hand round is with out the washer and IMHO an incorrect crimp)
I have been very satisfied with the crimp this is making on my reloads.. I just have an extra step of dropping the washer over the round before i raise it into the crimp die
(may try to glue it to the bottom of the insert one of these days)
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