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Die Question

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by yotesmoker, Mar 5, 2008.

  1. yotesmoker

    yotesmoker Well-Known Member

    I reload with a dillon SDB.I am going to get a 55o this spring.Am going to start getting my dies now.I am going to order redding carbide 3 die set in 45auto rim.The question......is that set all I need or I also need the Lee crimp die ?
  2. SASS#23149

    SASS#23149 Well-Known Member

    You will only need a seperate crimp die IF you prefer to seat and crimp in 2 operations,as I have for years.
    I do it because it's easier to set the dies up,and you won't shave brass/lead with 2 seperate dies. Just makes like easier.
    btw,any seat/crimp die you happen to have around can be used as the crimp die,just remove the seater plug.
  3. redactor

    redactor Well-Known Member

    Be aware that Redding's die adjustment instructions specify that you should never use crimp on bullets that don't have a canalure.
  4. yotesmoker

    yotesmoker Well-Known Member

    redactor....I've always put a crimp on my swc 45 loads with my dillon SDB without any problems.
  5. jenrob

    jenrob Well-Known Member

    I would look into the Pro series.

    The pro series has no expander which you won't need and the mouth of the dies have a wider opening for progressive presses.
  6. Grandpa Shooter

    Grandpa Shooter Well-Known Member

    Do yourself a favor and spring for the Dillon dies. They are much better than the competition. All the pistol dies are chamfered at the mouth for ease of operation and work very smoothly in their presses.
  7. kansas45

    kansas45 Well-Known Member

    When you order your Dillon, it should come with a set of dies, you chose the calliber you want.
  8. cpttango30

    cpttango30 Well-Known Member

    I am using RCBS 45acp dies. They are a paine in the ares to adjust once you get that 550 head full. If you are going to use non-dillon dies use dillon lock rings. They make vrey good dies for pistol loading.
  9. Doug b

    Doug b Well-Known Member

    45 auto rim

    You'll probably need custom dies or as stated bullets with a crimp ring to load this brass more than 2 times as it will lose mouth tension.
  10. jenrob

    jenrob Well-Known Member

    Redding pro and competition pro seriers are the same way

    Redding comp pro has a ressetable mic on it that if you load 2 or 3 different bullets you can just mark the setting in you load book and change from one to the other in a matter of seconds.

    I can change from 200gr lswc to 230gr JHP, 185gr lswc, or 230gr FMJ in all of about 5 seconds and 15 sec. cause I measure just to double check my settings.

    It actuallly takes me around a full minute to change bullets cause I ussally have to change my powder charge also has a Micrometer.

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