Yes, they would. Of course the craziness has to die down and the backlog caught up which will be awhile (years?). I've picked up FCD's off their site over the years in .219 Zipper, 25-35 WCF, 6.5x54 MS, & .450 Ackley MagnumMaybe if we get enough people they will do a run?
Does anyone have a dimensioned drawing for the Lee .404J FCD?Group buy from someone else? Any ok machineshop can make this style of die.
I actually was kicking around making one this morning when I was out in the shop casting bullets. The collet is the part that's is going to be time consuming. I usually prototype on my hand crank lathe and mill before taking it to my friend's machine shop to be duplicated on the CNC. I've prototyped Stith style no drill scope mounts for Savage 99's, no drill sight mount brackets for Whitworth reproduction muzzleloaders, and a no drill scope mount for Winchester M71's. I just don't think I could do it reasonable enough price wise.It might be a good idea to have a machine shop make one, but I'm afraid it would be cost prohibitive. A FCD would not be the easiest thing to make from scratch.
No, the Lee design works with the cartridge length to apply the crimp. The .44 Mag collet is too short.Am I being dumb here but could you use modify something like a 44 rem mag FCD?
.44 Rem Mag cartridge diameter 0.4561"
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Neck diameter: 0.4520"
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Or maybe open out a 44-40 Lee FCD as it has a neck diameter of 0.443"?
I've never tried that combination but it might well work given the small neck diameter difference... at only .004-.007". The actual neck diameter difference will also depend somewhat on the brass thickness. I have modified FCDs for differences in length, but with the same neck diameters. But yes, it's possible, I think. I've reduced the length of the collet on a couple FCDs and it's fairly easy to do. Same theory but in "reverse" of adding spacer (washer) if FCD collet is too short... which also works.Exactly!.... but the rigby is too long so it could be cut shorter and then the bullet diameter is only .007" off
That's what I was thinking..... & to answer your question fourfive8 - the .416 Rigby FCD in the pictures with the calipers is mine, however I do not have the lathe/machining available or really care to risk damaging my own die for my first time modification.FourFive8 - no need to open the Rigby. The collet easily accommodates the 404 neck. You just don't need to turn the die down as far for crimping. Just shorten the Rigby to support Jeffery case length and go.
No mention of opening up the collet... simply shortening the collet by the difference in length between the 404 and Rigby.FourFive8 - no need to open the Rigby. The collet easily accommodates the 404 neck. You just don't need to turn the die down as far for crimping. Just shorten the Rigby to support Jeffery case length and go.