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50 AE shell holder

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by FAL_Freak, May 23, 2003.

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  1. FAL_Freak

    FAL_Freak Member

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    Anyone out there reload 50 AE? If so does a 44 Mag shellholder work alright? It seems kinda silly to buy a shell holder that only is usable for one caliber, but the expense isn't that bad I guess.
     
  2. Jeeper

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    I always used the same one. I thought they were the same but RCBS lists different ones. The dimesions on the rim are .5150 and .5140 for the 50 and 44. I dont understand the difference. The only difference I could tell is the height of the gap above the rim. I have never had a problem but like you said the cost is small to buy the correct one.
     
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    Thanks Jeeper. Yeah the cost is minimal but if I was to get the Lee shell holder set. ( a good deal at 14 bucks or so for 11 shell holders) all I'd have would be the 44 mag one. There is the option of getting the Lee 50 AE dies that come with the sell holder, but I'm not sure I like the rubber O-Ring "locking ring" on those dies. Any experience with Lee's O-ring locking system?
     
  4. KP95DAO

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    With my Lee dies I make a mark with a magic marker on the die body so that I set it at the same spot each time. I also do this on other dies that I don't have the lock ring tightened down (because sometimes I change the setting).
     
  5. CARSON

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    I have a set of Lee Carbide dies for 9mm and I found the O-ring lock was not that great. RCBS sells the locking rings seperately that work well, I happened to have a set from a die set I sold the rifle for.
     
  6. FAL_Freak

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    I've done the magic marker trick on a set of RCBS dies before I figured out how to use the lock rings. (Hey I was a newbie, and still am) But I would have never thought of puting some real lock rings on the Lee dies. I love the idea, simple and not horribly expensive. :D

    Thanks guys for the great tips for a newbie. :D
     
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