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AJBarney
October 1, 2012, 07:33 PM
Are all vendor's dies interchangeable in each other's presses?

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NeuseRvrRat
October 1, 2012, 07:35 PM
for the most part, yes

AJBarney
October 1, 2012, 07:37 PM
Ok. I was looking at some Hornady dies, wondered if they would fit my Lee classic turret

greyling22
October 1, 2012, 07:40 PM
50 bmg dies are a different size, and the Dillon square deal press takes a special die, but other than that they arepretty much interchangeable

oneounceload
October 1, 2012, 07:42 PM
50 bmg dies are a different size,

So are the presses those dies fit in

rcmodel
October 1, 2012, 07:49 PM
All standard brass case reloading dies are 7/8" x 14 TPI thread and are interchangeable with any brand press due to industry standards.
Except .50 BMG dies and shotgun reloading dies.

Some presses, like the aforementioned Dillon SD, and the Forster Co-Ax press my use different die lock rings to allow room for, or snap-in / snap out die changes.

Same with shell holders.
They have been industry standard & interchangeable for at least 50 years.

The exception to that rule is Lee hand primer shell holders, which are nether industry standard size, or interchangeable with anything else.

rc

fol4321
October 1, 2012, 07:53 PM
yes hornady fit,i have a few set i use in my lee turret you just need the powder thrugh expander

BYJO4
October 1, 2012, 08:13 PM
Hornady dies will work fine for you.

Hondo 60
October 2, 2012, 12:13 AM
AJBarney -
No such thing as a dumb question.

The only DUMB question is the one NOT asked & someone gets injured or worse.

While there are exceptions, for the most part, yes, dies are interchangeable.

AJBarney
October 2, 2012, 11:32 AM
thanks guys! more dumb questions to come ;)

Certaindeaf
October 2, 2012, 11:40 AM
My RCBS dies and lockrings interfere with each other in my Lee classic (iron) turret.
Actually, maybe they are another brand (didn' really double check) but they won't all go in/seat.. lockrings too wide. doh!
I need to get some replacements.. for quite a while now..

danbowkley
October 2, 2012, 05:41 PM
The only issue I've ever run across with die brands is Lee dies on a Hornady LnL press; the Lee dies' threads just aren't quite long enough to be really happy when they're adjusted properly. But even that can be worked with if you use a Hornady or Forster clamp type lock ring, or turn the Lee lock ring upside down and tighten it on that way.

AJBarney
October 5, 2012, 09:44 AM
OK< next dumb question...

8mm Mauser is 8x57 Mauser, right? :o

jaguarxk120
October 5, 2012, 09:50 AM
Right , 8mm and 8x57 same.

PapaG
October 5, 2012, 10:07 AM
Actually it was a brilliant question. Now you have much more information than before. Adding to your knowledge, some old Herter's dies were also different. Most dies made since about 1970 should interchange....they are 7/8-14 thread as are most modern presses. I have a set of shotgun dies made for the Lyman All American turret which are much larger (the early presses had one big hole for them). Best bet, take along a die locknut when you are looking at dies (auctions, gunshows, yard sales) and see if it spins on the die.

AJBarney
October 5, 2012, 10:16 AM
Right , 8mm and 8x57 same.

*whew*

AJBarney
October 5, 2012, 10:17 AM
Actually it was a brilliant question. Now you have much more information than before. Adding to your knowledge, some old Herter's dies were also different. Most dies made since about 1970 should interchange....they are 7/8-14 thread as are most modern presses. I have a set of shotgun dies made for the Lyman All American turret which are much larger (the early presses had one big hole for them). Best bet, take along a die locknut when you are looking at dies (auctions, gunshows, yard sales) and see if it spins on the die.

Thanks, great info.

I'm trying to build up my supplies and dies and so on, good to know that most things are compatible. I have a Lee Classic Turret.

Hondo 60
October 5, 2012, 10:49 AM
I have a Lee Classic Turret.

IMHO that's the best press to learn on.
It allows you to go slow to start with, but has a very reasonable top speed.

Sorry, I forgot my manners.
Welcome to the hobby & the forum.

jcwit
October 5, 2012, 11:49 AM
AJBarney -
No such thing as a dumb question.

The only DUMB question is the one NOT asked & someone gets injured or worse.



Ever work in retail?

JLDickmon
October 6, 2012, 09:08 AM
Ever work in retail?

YES!

Hondo 60
October 6, 2012, 11:50 PM
Ever work in retail?
(hangs head in shame - yes I have) :o

OK, let me edit that.

No such thing as a dumb question - when you're asking about reloading issues.

splattergun
October 7, 2012, 11:38 AM
AJBarney -
No such thing as a dumb question.

The only DUMB question is the one NOT asked & someone gets injured or worse.


"The only dumb question is the one you're about to ask" said my 7th grade algebra teacher, looking directly at me.
Math phobe for life.

mcofboise
October 7, 2012, 11:49 AM
Ever work in retail?

I needed that laugh. I walked around the house giggling every time I thought about this thread. A couple years ago I experienced one of the best days of my life when I tossed my keys on the desk and left a 32 year career in retail behind.
Depending on my mood, I frequently replied to, "Can I ask you a stupid question?" with "Only if you don't mind a stupid answer," or, "You just did," or "42." The one thing I don't miss is the customers. The only thing I do miss is the customers.

mike

AJBarney
October 11, 2012, 01:17 PM
next one.....(at least I keep em to one thread! :D)

Ive read up on the differences b/w Boxer and Berdan primers. Has anyone reloaded Berdan-primed ammo? I guess one would need a specialized decapper and a supply of Berdan primers (duh).

Are there any other differences in reloading the two?

Is it worth it if you have a quantity of Berdan-primed brass, or better to just chuck it and get Boxer-primed ammo?

GCBurner
October 11, 2012, 01:28 PM
next one.....(at least I keep em to one thread! :D)

Ive read up on the differences b/w Boxer and Berdan primers. Has anyone reloaded Berdan-primed ammo? I guess one would need a specialized decapper and a supply of Berdan primers (duh).

Are there any other differences in reloading the two?

Is it worth it if you have a quantity of Berdan-primed brass, or better to just chuck it and get Boxer-primed ammo?
Unless it's a really rare cartridge that ONLY comes in a Berdan primed version, I wouldn't bother with reloading Berdan-primed cases. The primers aren't carried very many places, and the tools for depriming are specialized, and more of a hassle to use.

oneounceload
October 11, 2012, 01:38 PM
But I wouldn't just "chuck" the brass - metal recyclers pay good money for scrap brass

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