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Forgive my ignorance, but what would one use a compression die like that for, in the 44/40 round? I'm using 4227 and getting around 1550fps...would this allow for better velocity, or is it meant for actual black powder loads?
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Cleaner burning is probably the biggest advantage of using good compression in a .44-40 cartridge. Magnum primers can help as well.

BTW, I reload .45 Colt, and plan to get the compression die for it. Here's why:
As is usual with black powder cartridge reloading, I use soft lead bullets. I load to get about 1/16" compression of the powder, even after using a drop tube. If I use the RCBS seating die to seat the RNFP bullet to compress the powder, the bullet nose will and does deform by quite a bit. Using a compression die beforehand will eliminate that deformity. And, FWIW, I never resize blackpowder cases, just as they didn't back then. No need.
 
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