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What Rifle Dies Should I Get?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Average_Casey, Oct 7, 2012.

  1. Average_Casey

    Average_Casey New Member

    I finally got my first Left Handed Rifle a 7mm Magnum and now it's time to start loading some ammunition. I stopped at the local reloading shop but they didn't have the Lee Die set I wanted. So I now have to choose a different brand and I don't know which brand to get? My options are Redding, RCBS, Hornady, or Lyman. I'm wondering if I should go Lyman because it comes with the neck sizing die which the others don't. Does anyone have any suggestions? I can't mail order because the season starts next Saturday.
  2. GarySTL

    GarySTL Well-Known Member

    I went with redding for my 308 because I wanted both fl and neck sizing dies. I neck size for brass from my rifle and fl size anything I'm given or might buy.
  3. noylj

    noylj Well-Known Member

    Read your manuals.
    Every sizing die for a bottleneck case comes with a neck expander plug.
    The Lyman is more for loading lead bullets than any need for jacketed bullets.
    I love the Hornady die sets, but I don't see enough difference in the brands mentioned to make a difference, so I would probably buy on price.
    If looking for bench rest type dies, I would go with Wilson Hand-Made, Forster, or Redding Pro.
    You have, most likely, a hunting rifle in a magnum caliber, so benchrest dies and techniques won't get you any where except to "feel better."
    The place where different dies may be some aid would be for strictly target shooting, where you can use neck sized cases if your rifle is a bolt action. Then, you can look to get a Lee collet neck sizing die or a neck sizing die with inserts from Redding, RCBS, or Hornady (to name a few). However, to start with, start with the simple two-die set and learn as you go.
    Buy the least expensive die set and get a Lee case trimmer for your cases.
  4. Average_Casey

    Average_Casey New Member

    So I can adjust the full length die so it neck sizes only?
  5. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    I you really wanted the Lee dies whey not have your local dealer order them for you? Any time my local dealer doesn't have what I want on the shelf he orders it for me and I have it within the week.
  6. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    Yes you can but since the Lee dies are so inexpensive why not just order the dies you originally wanted?

    Welcome to the forum...
  7. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    I hate to disagree, but no you cannot really neck size only with the FL sizer. You can partial full length size, but the die will always size the body a hair if you are sizing enough of the neck to do any good. If you want to be able to neck size as well as FL size, get both, but why neck size for the 7MM Rem Mag.
  8. 45lcshooter

    45lcshooter Well-Known Member

    I had RCBS, noting wrong with them. But now i use LEE and Redding now. RCBS carbide for pistol. But i use Lee and Redding for my rifles. Mostly choice, their fairly cheap that you can try and experiment with them.
  9. Average_Casey

    Average_Casey New Member


    I already said that I don't have time to get them mail order because the season starts Saturday
  10. ranger335v

    ranger335v Well-Known Member

    "I already said that I don't have time to get them mail order because the season starts Saturday "

    So, you've waited to late to develop a reload and get zeroed. Go to Walmart and buy a box of factory ammo; you'll need the case anyway.

    There's no effective difference in the ammo from any brand of dies.
  11. snakeman

    snakeman Well-Known Member

    I personally would go with either the hornady or rcbs
  12. Kyle M.

    Kyle M. Well-Known Member

    I really like the rcbs dies the best.
  13. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    I didn't say anything about mail order, I said your local dealer should order them for you. If necessary my local dealer, and I'm guessing any dealer, could get them sent overnight if the supply house isn't near.

    I said above within the week because my local dealer goes to the supplier on Friday mornings but if necessary he could go any day. If it's from another supplier he can overnight the part if necessary. (at a slightly higher cost of course)
  14. kingmt

    kingmt Well-Known Member

    Just getting the rifle I'd use something else this year unless it was the only thing I had.
  15. Mac Attack

    Mac Attack Well-Known Member

    I think it should depend on the press your using. If using any press from Dillon then I would buy Dillons dies. Otherwise I prefer RCBS Green.

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