rcbs vs redding dies


June 24, 2013, 08:16 PM
I h=got some redding dies for my 30-06 when I ordered my kit.Id like to start loading for my sons 270.My gunstore has Redding dies for 45.00,or Wally World has RCBS for 31.97. Is the Reddings worth that much more

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June 24, 2013, 08:23 PM
RCBS and Redding are just about the same quality, with Redding on the higher end of the scale. Both of companies have great customer service.

Between RCBS and Redding it just matters what you want to spend your money on. Not really any super difference between the brands.

i use both, and have no complaints for either brand.

Sorry couldnt be much help

June 24, 2013, 08:34 PM
I actually use Lee, Redding, Lyman and RCBS depending on the caliber. For example I use RCBS Cowboy expander and bullet seating dies in both 45 Colt and 45-70 while 454 Casull I use Lyman M die for expander and use Redding Profile crimp die on all three. I use Lee sizing and powder through dies for the rest of my setup with a Lee Classic Turret. 9mm and 45 ACP are all being done with Lee dies 4 die sets. I use the die combinations due to using cast bullets in the 45 Colt and 45-70. For the Casull I use the Lyman M die as I don't care for the way the Lee expander works with it but love the Redding profile crimp dies for the cast bullets since I like to crimp as a separate step. So basically I pick the die for the best results for a given step, no longer buying sets but individual dies other than standard auto loaders.

June 24, 2013, 09:04 PM
Fair and objective, I have a few pieces of Redding equipment, nice. Would I pay $15.00 dollars extra for a set of 270 Winchester dies? No. I have more than one set of 270 Winchester dies that include a small base die and a neck sizer die, if there was a difference in cases sized with different dies I could measure the difference.

F. Guffey

June 24, 2013, 09:18 PM
I have some of each brand, and they both make very nice dies.

June 24, 2013, 09:29 PM
I'm not going to be much help, either. I have both brands, and a few others, and they all work fine. Most of them have great customer service, too! I recommend not letting the price drive your decision, you will be happy with either brand. Lightman

June 25, 2013, 12:01 AM
RCBS is what I prefer.

Redding FL rifle dies don't have an air vent hole like RCBS does and the Redd. dies may dent some bottlenecked cases.

Also RCBS has been known for polite positive service.

June 25, 2013, 07:36 AM
My experience with RCBS customer service has definitely been better than Reddings, but they stand by their stuff as well. CS is a toss up in choosing, but I usually choose RCBS these days.

June 25, 2013, 08:26 AM
For "standard" dies, I like the RCBS ones. I'm thinking about getting a Redding competition seating die for my .308.

June 25, 2013, 08:41 AM
Impressed with the RCBS die that i just started using for 380 auto

Other then that one set i have been using hornady for everything else.

June 25, 2013, 08:55 AM
I think I would have to load a lot of bullets for a long time and crunch a lot of data to ever see a difference between brands.

June 25, 2013, 09:03 AM
You'd be hard put to see any differences in performance between RCBS and Redding.
I think I have about equal numbers of both.

June 25, 2013, 09:55 AM
Wrong thread

June 25, 2013, 10:05 AM
EBAY has .270 RCBS FL dies for about $14 (9:30 EST Tuesday)

I got both my rcbs sets from ebay, both work fine.

June 25, 2013, 10:33 AM
There are often certain features of one manufacturer's dies that make them more desireable than the dies of another. But as far as the quality of the ammunition which they produce, it is my opinion that you will not be able to tell the difference... until you get into neck turning and all of that.

Ferinstance, I like the Lee seating die that you can set seating depth with thumb and forefinger, rather than resorting to a screwdriver and a wrench as on the RCBS. I think that the RCBS sizing dies are a little "slicker" than the Lees, and offer less resistance to sizing. The Redding die is comparable to the RCBS in every way, unless you factor in the micrometer seating die. If the prices were the same, I wouldn't have a preference. That the RCBS is $15 less, I would buy those dies.

June 25, 2013, 08:13 PM
I didn't like Redding so I bought RCBS I like the set screw they have on the ring.

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