January 8, 2003, 06:31 PM
Anybody out there using these dies? I just picked up a .30-06 rifle and need dies. I saw Lee's Deluxe die set that has both full length resize and neck-size dies in it.
Most of my other dies are RCBS, along with one Dillon set. I use the Lee factory crimp dies on handguns and they work great.
Oh, and one more question while we're at it. Is it better to neck-size only on .30-06, or full size? The rifle will be used for deer hunting, not match shooting or anything like that. If it matters, it's a Remington 700BDL. Man, what a beautiful rifle, I'm more used to milsurp stuff and AR/AK/FNs. This is a thing of beauty, almost too nice to take out in the woods.
January 9, 2003, 03:59 PM
I am currently using Lee deluxe dies in .222 and .22-250 calibers, and Lee Pacesetter dies in .30-06 and .375 H&H mag., with a Lee collet die added for the .'06.
My experience has been very good with both types of dies. Many veteran handloaders/hunters will recommend full-length re-sizing for hunting loads, and crimping as well. The possibility is real that necksizing only could result in difficulty in chambering a second or third shot, or that a cartridge slammed into the chamber could result in a bullet jammed into the throat and fail to eject properly, resulting in a ruined hunting trip.
Having said that, I will say I've never had that experience with neck-sized only cases in the .30-06. I've never crimped cases for that caliber and can't attribute that to any lost game (poor shooting might possibly do the job).
January 9, 2003, 04:27 PM
cdbeaver, thanks for the response. Good information about neck sizing. I went to the store today and checked out both RCBS and the Lee Deluxe set. I wound up buying the RCBS since most of the rest of my dies are RCBS and I thought I'd stay with them.
I had heard after posting from several other sources about neck vs. full length and they agreed with you. So the RCBS is the FL set, and I should break them in tomorrow. My shooting buddy just gave me 125 pieces of once-fired .30-06 Winchester brass to get me started with my new caliber. Thanks again.
January 10, 2003, 11:51 PM
I've tried a few others, but I always come back to Lee, where I started. They seem to be tougher and easier to use.
happy old sailor
January 11, 2003, 01:15 PM
in an aside: i always cycle all hunting loads through my whatever to insure they wil work later. really need a second shot and can't get it ? grrrrrrr. do the same with defensive loads. ya never know. factories can mess up too.
now, if i could find a way to insure the primer will pop without actually popping it.