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What dies?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by fetch, Jan 8, 2013.

  1. fetch

    fetch Member

    I now have a Hornady lock n load ap press. I was wondering what dies you guys are using. I have lee pistol dies and it seems like they are too short. Any suggestions on which dies to use?
  2. MtnCreek

    MtnCreek Well-Known Member

    Using Lee dies on a Dillon, the lock ring needs to be replaced with the thinner dillon rings or some folks have said they put the ring on the under side of the toolhead. May work the same way with your red press.
  3. ranger335v

    ranger335v Well-Known Member

    Only die brands I've used successfully were Lee, Lyman, RCBS, Hornady, Redding and Forster. Never tried Dillon but the record suggests they must work pretty well too.
  4. James2

    James2 Well-Known Member

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  5. xxhaxx

    xxhaxx Member

    Lee pistol dies should work on your LnL if you reverse the locking ring
  6. Blue68f100

    Blue68f100 Well-Known Member

    I like the Hornady Pistol dies the best on the LNL-AP. The main reason is that the sizer uses a Large Radius. This large radius makes it easier for the brass to enter with out hanging on the mouth. I tried a set of Lee 9mm dies when I got my press. They were too short, had to flip the locking ring upside down. Also when I got my set of Hornady dies in they required 1/2 the force as the Lee. The Hornady will run a lot smoother than the Lee, less press shake. And the cheap locking ring setup it will not stay set, it does not secure to the die. RCBS dies are good except the locking ring needs to be replaces with the Hornady split ring.
  7. petrey10

    petrey10 Well-Known Member

    i got a LnL too and I prefer to use the nitride(sp?) Hornady dies.... they work well and since its from hornady you shouldn't see any compatibility issues with the LnL press
  8. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    That is true, I have seen them work well...
  9. dickttx

    dickttx Well-Known Member

    I moved my 45 ACP and 38 Super Lee 4-die sets to my new LnL, along with my Pro Auto Disk. They work as well as the did on the LCT (extremely well). True, they are close to running out of threads on the die bodies, but, as long as they adjust to where I want them, I don't care how many unused threads I have left.:)
    I haven't set up my 9mm yet, but don't anticipate any problem with them either.
    Since I am using the Lee expander/flare/powder through die with the PAD, I had room to add an RCBS Lock-out die also, without having to buy additional parts to change the Hornady powder measure/expander setup.

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