Can you use non-dillon dies in a dillon?


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wacki
May 31, 2010, 05:59 PM
I have a bunch of lee and hornady dies and want to know if I can use any of them if I buy a dillon.

thanks,

W

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ReloaderFred
May 31, 2010, 06:06 PM
If the Dillon press you get has 7/8"x14 threads, then any common dies will work.

Hope this helps.

Fred

snuffy
May 31, 2010, 06:07 PM
The answer is yes on the Hornady dies, and maybe on the lee. Some of the earlier lee dies are too short to be used with the lock ring on/at the top of the die, where it's usually used. BUT you can, and many people do, put them on the bottom of the die, under the tool head. One of my tool heads is set up like that, it works fine.

dmazur
May 31, 2010, 06:27 PM
While it's a detail, it can cause trouble if the dies have a "square bottom".

If you're reloading pistol brass, the edge of the case mouth can catch on the square edge.

Dillon and Hornady dies (and probably others designed for progressive loading) have a beveled bottom opening that prevents this hang up.

zxcvbob
May 31, 2010, 06:29 PM
They won't fit a Dillon "Square Deal" press.

billybob44
May 31, 2010, 07:02 PM
The answer is yes on the Hornady dies, and maybe on the lee. Some of the earlier lee dies are too short to be used with the lock ring on/at the top of the die, where it's usually used. BUT you can, and many people do, put them on the bottom of the die, under the tool head. One of my tool heads is set up like that, it works fine.
Good idea Snuf. Never thought about it. When I had that problem with Lee dies in a Dillon, I called Dillon and they sent me a shim kit to raise the ram platform on my RL550 enough that the Lee dies would work.

hydraulicman
May 31, 2010, 07:21 PM
i use lee and rcbs on my dillon 550B with no problems

Tacoma
May 31, 2010, 09:32 PM
They won't fit a Dillon "Square Deal" press. x2!!

spoonbender
May 31, 2010, 09:46 PM
I use quite a few other mfg's other than Dillon on my 550B, but as mentioned, gotta be carefull about straight wall pistol case alignment without the lead bevel base dies. I kinda wiggle/rotate the head a bit when pulling the handle to encourage alignment. Tapered rifle casings are OK, have'nt had any issues to date.

GaryL
June 1, 2010, 08:54 PM
i use lee and rcbs on my dillon 550B with no problemsI have Lee, RCBS, Dillon, and Hornady dies. I've never caught them fighting with each other about it.

wmurphy
June 1, 2010, 10:02 PM
After using Dillon dies, I wouldn't use anything else.

jpdavis423
June 2, 2010, 09:35 PM
I often mix dies from different manufacturers on the same toolhead. As time goes by however I find myself using more and more Dillon. But I do use a Redding taper crimp die when I'm reloading wad cutters for my 52-2.

Jeff

billybob44
June 2, 2010, 09:47 PM
After using Dillon dies, I wouldn't use anything else.
++1-When I can afford the Dillons.

ReloaderFred
June 2, 2010, 10:12 PM
There are some dies that perform certain functions better than the Dillon dies, which is why I have dies from all the manufacturers, including some that are now out of business. By sticking with just one brand of dies, you may be depriving yourself of a better way of doing something, or of producing a better product.

Brand loyalty is fine for some people, but I prefer to use the tool that's best suited to a particular job, no matter who makes it.

Hope this helps.

Fred

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