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A very basic Question

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by kwelz, Jan 1, 2009.

  1. kwelz

    kwelz Well-Known Member

    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.
  2. ranger335v

    ranger335v Well-Known Member

    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.
  3. kwelz

    kwelz Well-Known Member

    I will check the threads. Not really sure though.
  4. The Bushmaster

    The Bushmaster Well-Known Member

    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.
  5. Vacek

    Vacek Well-Known Member

    The Dillon press mentioned is the Square Deal which has proprietary dies.
  6. SASS#23149

    SASS#23149 Well-Known Member

    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.
  7. cochise9424221

    cochise9424221 Well-Known Member

    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.
  8. rfwobbly

    rfwobbly Well-Known Member

    There are no stupid questions

    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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