March 4, 2009, 04:41 PM
Okay, I am getting into reloading, and am wondering how many dies need to come in a set for any given caliber. I am looking into buying 7.5x55 Swiss dies, and needed to know how many dies would have to come in the set. Also, I need to buy 9mm and .30 Tokarev sets. How many dies would have to come in those sets (are there different numbers of sets if your talking about a pistol or a rifle)?
March 4, 2009, 04:54 PM
As a general rule, bottle-neck calibers have two dies.
Sizing & Seating.
Straight-wall calibers have three.
Sizing, belling/neck expanding, and seating.
In some die sets it may be three & four.
(Lee for instance if a Factory Crimp die is also included)
March 4, 2009, 07:37 PM
Okay. Good to know, because I've seen sets that didn't follow that general rule. I still have alot of reading to do on reloading. So far, all I have is a press.
I still need all the other components.
March 4, 2009, 08:57 PM
Yep, like rcmodel posted.
Bottle necked rifle calibers generally have two dies. The sizer/decapper/neck expander die, and the seater die.
The straight walled rifle calibers will have three. The sizer/decapper, the expander, and the seater die.
The 9MM will use three, just like the straight walled rifle cases. The .30 Tok will use two or three, depending on the brand. Since it is bottle necked, it can be done with two.
The manual I know you ordered will cover it all.
March 4, 2009, 09:21 PM
One more thing to consider is that there are different dies from Hornady and RCBS for the K31 rifle vs the other Schmidt Rubins. The chambers are slightly different, I am told.