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Carbide Reloading Dies

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Tamitch, Feb 12, 2013.

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  1. jjjitters

    jjjitters Member

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    I have die sets from all of the majors(mostly RCBS though), The pricier ones are generally nicer, smoother ID. Of all the dies I've boughten I only bought 1 Lee set (because I wanted to save money), and that was the only die set that I had to return due to mfg defect. I traded for another brand. After driving back to return them (gas costs), it would have been cheaper to have just gotten one of the others in the first place. I will never do that again. I prefer the Hornady seater die and Dillon crimpers, but the others are a toss up.
     
  2. fguffey

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    I have 11+ sets of Lee dies, I do not use them, I took a pile of Lee equipment to the last gun show at Mrket Hll, no interest. I decided I would set up a set of 45 ACP dies and load complete with the factor crip die, no way, someone cleaned the dies, what ever they used was not compatable with the 'O'rings (brake degreaser?, something like adding engine oil to the brake master cylinder)), the 'O' rings came out but stuffing the ring back into the top of the die could not be done with 4 hands, seems someong would have removed one thread to facilitate a starter jump when gtting the die back together.

    I had the oppertunity to get ahead of the curv on equipment, before the well went dry I purchases 40 pounds of dies, gages, case holders, trimmers etc for $20.00. again, as I said when attempting a good gesture, I dug out the Lee dies in an attempt to return them to the dealer, he would have no part of it, he made me a one better deal, he claimed I did not pay for the Lee equipment, he claimed he threw the Lee dies etc., in for free.

    F. Guffey
     
  3. HighExpert

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    I guess I will be the oddball here. I use Dillon exclusively and have been very happy. I have loaded many thousands of rounds over a 20 year span and have never had Dillon die let me down. The removable stems without loss of adjustment on the newer dies are fantastic. They allow you to clean or change seating stems without losing your adjustment. Good stuff.
     
  4. jjjitters

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    Almost all of my crimp dies that I currently use steady are Dillon, they are good. Definitely pricey, but good.
     
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