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Lyman carbide dies: I have a question....

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by GrantCunningham, Nov 14, 2006.

  1. GrantCunningham

    GrantCunningham Well-Known Member

    I like the Redding Titanium Carbide dies a lot - but the mouth of the die has almost no bevel, making it a bit "touchy" on a progressive press. The RCBS carbide dies have the right amount of bevel, but I don't like their decapping assembly. (I'm picky, what can I say?)

    What about Lyman? None of the local dealers stock them, so I can't see for myself; anyone out there own Lyman dies, and can tell me how much the sizing die mouth is beveled? (Better yet, a picture??)

  2. loadedround

    loadedround Well-Known Member

    If you have a Dillon progressive press, use Dillon dies and you'll have no further problems. Don't like Lyman dies and have not used them in 20 years.
  3. ClarkEMyers

    ClarkEMyers Well-Known Member

    Can't get a Redding Pro Series for the cartridge you're loading?

    Given a liking for Redding what prevents the use of Redding Pro Series?

    emphasis added

    Redding Pro Series pretty well covers all the Dillon applications and more - see the Blue Press where Dillon pushes Redding for applications Dillon doesn't cover.

    My Lyman dies are from the middle of the last century so I can't say what the current production is like. Lyman does offer a nice 4 die set with Powder Through:

  4. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Well-Known Member

    I use a Lyman carbide sizing die in a Dillon 550 for .38s. No trouble with alignment, but it is an old die; I don't know what they are turning out nowadays.
  5. GrantCunningham

    GrantCunningham Well-Known Member

    I've looked at a Pro set in the store - and the size die looks exactly like the standard Redding Titanium Carbide die I already have. I too saw that copy on their website, but I sure can't see a difference! Just in case I'm mistaken, though, I've sent them an email - we'll see what they say.

    All I'm looking for is a size die - I prefer other brand dies for the other stations (love the Hornady seating dies, for instance.) I've owned Lee, RCBS, Hornady, Dillon, and Redding, but never Lyman. Heck, I don't think I've ever seen a Lyman in the flesh!

    Why am I going through this exercise? Well, I've found that there is always something about a size die that I don't like! Lees are too short and don't have knurling; I don't like the RCBS decap pin design; the Redding doesn't have enough bevel; the Hornady TiN coating isn't as durable as a carbide ring; and Dillon - well, let's just say that my experience with Dillon has not lived up to the hype.

    If all else fails, I'll default to the RCBS; it performs well enough, even if I'm not crazy about that pin!
  6. Ol` Joe

    Ol` Joe Well-Known Member

    I understand some of the other die quirks you don`t care for, but what is the problem with RCBS and their decapper? Just curious:)
  7. GrantCunningham

    GrantCunningham Well-Known Member

    Oh, I just prefer a one-piece decapping pin that doesn't have a protrusion on the top that catches and rips my shirt sleeve when I reach over the press instead of around.

    Ask me how I know...:fire:
  8. Ol` Joe

    Ol` Joe Well-Known Member

    Hmmmmm, You might want to avoid all these if that is a problem:D :D


  9. GrantCunningham

    GrantCunningham Well-Known Member

    Actually, the ones with the smooth decapping pin held in a collet are a bit better than the RCBS...those exposed threads grab clothing and just don't let go. At least with the smooth ones there's a chance the sleeve will slide off before it gets torn! :eek:

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