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Thank you @july19, but @fj40 is correct. I contacted Redding and asked that same question. Redding sent me a list of many of their dealers, all of whom did not have a 45acp taper crimp in stock. I feel lucky to have found one at Dillon. It was shipped 2 days ago and is supposed to be here Saturday. Danny
 

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Ok guys, this little jewel arrived today: I ran all 150 rounds I recently loaded through it, and was easily able to get them to .470". They now pass the plunk test with flying colors! Something that had been bothering me is why the rounds I loaded 30+ years ago with the same dies and equipment measured .470" at the neck... Well, I think I have the answer. First, the old loads were 200 gr. Speer JHPs. They measure .451" vs the new Berry's which are .452". But the biggest difference is the Speers have a rather wide cannelure that I crimped into. Just to test my measurements, I ran some of the old rounds loaded with the 200 Speers through the Dillon die without changing the settings. Those rounds didn't require any effort at all. The rounds I loaded a couple weeks ago with the Berry's took maybe a pound of force to crimp. Thanks to all who responded to this thread, and helped me find a taper crimp die! Now I need to go to the range to do some testing! Danny
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Very good sir! Are you just as happy with the Dillon as what you hoped to be with the Redding?
 

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Atta-boy, Danny!! Glad you are up and running!!
 

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Thank you @flechero! @Slow bullet guy, I cannot compare the quality of a Redding die to a Dillon, but will say this: The Dillon is well made. The machine work inside the die is not quite a polished finish, but very close. It did exactly what it is supposed to do and that is what matters. The fact that Dillon was ONLY manufacturer or distributer to have one in stock, and at a reasonable price made the decision to buy it easy. I am very happy with my purchase, and Dillon put it in the mail very quickly. Danny
 
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