Dies for loading 30-30 on Dillon 550B


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Grandpa Shooter
October 26, 2007, 02:01 AM
In the past I have always loaded rifle on an old rock chucker, one at a time. This time around I want to try loading 30-30 on my 550B since it will just be a fun shooter. (I hope anyway)

Anybody want to go out on a limb and make a definite suggestion for what dies are necessary, or desirable. I am not in a big hurry when I reload, so it's not quantity over quality. Guess I am just getting lazy and want to get more out of each stroke. (that way I can shoot more often, ssssh don't tell my Lady on me!)

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rborensr
October 26, 2007, 10:42 AM
You can use the dies you already have or do what I do, and get a set of lee dies with the factory crimp dies. That way you can save your other dies for working up loads and then set the dillon up for that load once you're done. I have had great luck with lee dies, and I have a set of just about every brand sitting on my bench. Your 550 will handle 30-30 just fine. I load 338 ultra mag on mine.

Linear Thinker
October 26, 2007, 10:47 AM
You don't need the new dies, as rborensr mentioned, unless you have a set of old Lee dies. Those tend to be too short in the body for Dillon presses, I had to make modifications to my 1050s to use Lee Factory Crimp dies. A couple of years ago, Lee increased the die body length, so that is no longer an issue.
LT

creekwalker
October 26, 2007, 11:57 AM
Gramp

I'm using a 550B mow myself and I'll be purchasing a set of RCBS die's for it. My only reason for the RCBS die's is I like their rifle die's better. But, in truth you've recieved excellent information already from the prior posts.

cw

pakmcc
November 24, 2007, 01:43 PM
I've got the dillon 550B and I love it. Most Lee dies work find. I like dillon dies better because they have a little curve in the case mouth and it makes the case go into the die better.(smoover)
The only die they make that I don't like it the 7.62X25. this one doesn't work. I had to got RCBS or redding to get a die that reloads 7.62X25.
I load 30-06, .308, 8mm mauser, 8x56R, 7.62X54R, 6.5x55, 7.5x55, 7.62x39, .223 plus most of the pistol cal. I also reload berdan brass,but can't use the dillon for decaping the berdan brass. And I use a Lee autoloader for berdan primers.
Pat

Bboomer
November 24, 2007, 10:52 PM
I concur with whats been said.

Any die set and definitely a Lee Factory Crimp Die. And of course RN Bullets. Hey which reminds me. Is there a source for those new leverevolution bullets? I'd like to locate some of them to load up.

Grandpa Shooter
November 24, 2007, 10:59 PM
Took the lever action 30-30 out today to make some brass for reloading. (isn't it wonderful how you have to go shoot to create brass to reload, and then have to reload to go shoot and....) What a wonderful hobby we have. Where do you guys buy prefired brass, or do you just go shoot, reload, buy more, go shoot, reload......?:D

Bboomer
November 24, 2007, 11:11 PM
Hey Gramps !

I have a friend who gave me a bunch. He had no use for it.

I don't know how much I have....may 3 or 400. just a guess. I hardly shoot the ole winchester much. I have to take it out once a year to the range to make sure its still on target. Then I usually take it hunting one time during deer season.

Huh yea... its just an endless cycle is it not. But then what would we do otherwise.

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