Redding or Dillon dies for .223 in a 550B?


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Citadel99
November 30, 2005, 09:44 AM
I've got a NIB set of Redding deluxe dies as well as a slightly used set of Dillon dies for .223. Any thoughts as to which I should use. I'll be reloading this caliber in a 550. I'll probably hang on to both at least for awhile but want to see which ones yall would recommend.

Mark

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Tory
November 30, 2005, 10:15 AM
Not that you won't want to give the cases a shot of lube anyway, but I bought the Dillon carbide die. EXPEN$IVE, but worth it, given how much easier it is to resize the cases compared to my standard die. ;)

halvey
November 30, 2005, 10:16 AM
Do you want precision of blasting ammo?

Blasting = Dillon
Precision = Redding competition die set - but then you may as well get a single stage. Too much play in the Dillon toolhead and shellplate for me, but I'm picky.

Citadel99
November 30, 2005, 10:36 AM
Well, I'm definitely not picking up another set of dies. I've got the standard Dillon and the Redding deluxe on hand...

Mark

halvey
November 30, 2005, 10:48 AM
What are you shooting the .223 in? You could sell both sets, add a bit of cash and get the competition dies.

Citadel99
November 30, 2005, 11:00 AM
It'll be shot from a Bushmaster carbine. I'm debating trading in the upper on a varminter barrel, though. Not sure if that'll happen, just something that's popped in my head lately.

Mark

P0832177
November 30, 2005, 11:17 AM
Just a heads up in loading on the 550. I would late out some ideas about loading rifle rounds on a 550.

First off, I would process the brass in batches. Meaning I would set up the FL sizer die and size all the brass. Here is where a carbide expander ball on the Redding FL sizer comes into play, and help you out. I then would make sure it did not need trimming and then trim as needed. Usually once fired mil spec brass is rather on the long side. I would then clean up the case mouth. Then deal with primer pocket if it needs swaging or reaming! Then I would clean the brass up!

Then in station #1 I would put a universal decapper to punch out any tumbling media. And, load as you want. I would stick to powders that have a good rep in the Dillon measure. TAC comes to mind. VV 140 works too! RL 15, another good choice. Remember that it is best to seat in one station and crimp if you must in another station!

rick_reno
November 30, 2005, 11:39 AM
I have Redding dies in my 650 - the work fine.

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