A very basic Question


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kwelz
January 1, 2009, 09:42 PM
Are dies specific to a manufacturer? If I have a set of Lee Dies will they work in an RCBS or Dillon Press?

I have been looking at a reloading press and strangely enough I found a set of .308 and .45 Dies that are for an old Lee I think.


Thanks for the help guys.

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ranger335v
January 1, 2009, 09:48 PM
Dies have a common 7/8" x 14 tpi thread and will intrechage in all modern presses except one odd-ball Dillion press, don't remember which one that is.

kwelz
January 1, 2009, 09:49 PM
I will check the threads. Not really sure though.

The Bushmaster
January 1, 2009, 10:26 PM
I have RCBS dies mixed in with my Lee dies in my turrets for several calibres...If that helps...Just check the threads for compatibility in your press.

Vacek
January 1, 2009, 11:12 PM
The Dillon press mentioned is the Square Deal which has proprietary dies.

SASS#23149
January 2, 2009, 11:02 AM
some older Lee dies were too short to fit Dillon presses,but that's been fixed I'm told.
Some old Lyman's had special dies.
for the most part,dies and presses interchange these days,exceplt the Dillon SDB.

cochise9424221
January 2, 2009, 11:24 AM
some old Lyman dies called 310 dies are smaller but can work with an adapter. On a progressive press it is better if the dies have a rounded bottom to allow the brass to enter easier. It isnt needed but nice.
I use mostly good equipment, Dillon RCBS Lyman but Lee Dies are fine and cheaper. I wont use a Lee press scale or measure though.

rfwobbly
January 2, 2009, 08:04 PM
Az -

Let me answer your question this way... I'm reloading 9mm using a Dillon 550 press with a die holder plate that's loaded with a Redding sizing die, a Dillon powder drop, a Hornady bullet seating die, and a Lee taper crimp die.

Follow? :rolleyes:

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