Redding press, Lyman dies?


January 2, 2003, 07:01 PM
I'm considering a Redding T-7 turret press with their own brand of carbide pistol dies in .32acp and .38/.357. But they do not make 9mmMakarov dies in carbide (steel only). So I was thinking of getting a set of Lyman 9mmMakarov carbide dies for the Redding press.

Is there anyhting I should be considering when using another maker's dies on a press? I assume I'd buy the Redding 9mmMak shell holder to use with the Lyman dies set. Will this set up be compatible?

Pardon the rank beginner's question.

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Jim Watson
January 2, 2003, 08:23 PM
Dies have been pretty well standardized on the 7/8x14 thread introduced by Pacific many years ago; and on T-slot shellholders .125" deep originally from RCBS. There are a few odd and incompatible combinations, but not many.

January 2, 2003, 08:27 PM
Almost all dies are 7/8"x14 thread, which is standard. (Exception is Dillon`s 450 series, and 50 BMG dies) Any press can use any die, beautiful, isnt it?! Im not sure about shellholders being as standardized, but the Lyman shell holder will fit in Redding`s press. In my opinion, Redding makes the best dies, shellholders, and powder measures. Have a good time reloading!

January 2, 2003, 10:36 PM
Lyman dies, which are among the best in the world, will work just fine on your Redding press, which is also one of the best ever made.

My friend, you certainly know quality when you see it.

January 3, 2003, 06:12 AM
Thanks, folks. I was hoping they were compatible. I'm looking fwd to getting started. I want to wait until the new Redding primer feed system is out and available (Jan-Feb) before I buy the press and dies.

Meantime, I've got a chronograph and tumbler on order so I can get those parts of the process started and practiced.

January 3, 2003, 07:02 AM
Safety glasses.
Scale Weight Check set.
RCBS hand-priming tool (faster than the press set-up, I'll bet).
LEE chamfer tool.
To ask questions about anything, until you're satisfied you're safe.

If you are near me I'll come over and critique your arrangements............if not send a picture :D

January 3, 2003, 07:08 AM
Thanks Weshoot, those items are also on my list. I'm in Eastern Maine. You can't get here from there! May be offline for a couple of days...

January 3, 2003, 07:19 AM
I especially want to emphasize the scale weight set that Weshoot2 listed. Mine has saved my butt from "terminal brain lock" at least once. Tried my best to dial in 25.0 grains of H110 once, instead of 20.5 grains - the scale weight set had me scratching my head, but I finally figured out what I was doing wrong thanks to the weights. I use them to check the scale every time I set up a powder charge. Odessa

January 4, 2003, 04:56 AM
Frankly, if I use my scale (and I do) I first (and ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS) confirm its correct operation and veracity with a scale weight check set.
Bullet weight, too.

I can learn.
I have.
Know what I mean?

January 6, 2003, 06:04 AM
I have the scale weight check set on my list. I am very familiar with ballance beams. I used to be a printer. In printing one mixes ink to match colors by weight on a ballance beam, or other accurate scale. Reloading is more precise dealing in 1/10th grain vs ink mixing to the nearest gram. But I am comfortable with being careful and accurate when weighing.

Now I'm trying to imagine the priming process, and the best way to do it.

January 8, 2003, 07:32 PM

Good advice. But for priming, I think the RCBS bench mounted tool is superior to the hand tool by several orders of magnitude. I have the older model that uses primer tubes instead of the strips. It's one of the best reloading investments I ever made. (Except for the Dillon RL450 and the Dillon XL650, of course.)

One other note: Make sure your safety glasses met OSHA specs for industrial safety.

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