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Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by welshgrouser, Mar 12, 2008.

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  1. welshgrouser

    welshgrouser Member

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    Will hornandy dies fit in a 3 hole lee turret press?
     
  2. Steve C

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    Yes, the die thread size is the same as Lee dies.
     
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    Yes, they will.
     
  4. welshgrouser

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    Thanks guys for the quick anwser!
     
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    You might have problems with the Hornady lock rings. I've heard there's not much room between dies on Lee turret plates, but I think it was 4 holers.

    Andy
     
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    With the 4 hole turret I was not able to easily use Hornady lock rings, I did get them working though, just took some maneuvering.
     
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    Just thought of another question about the Hornady dies.. Will my powder dispenser just screw into there powder die? (I have the pro auto disk powder dispenser)
     
  8. BigJakeJ1s

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    No, the Hornady expander die (I'm assuming this is for pistol cartridge) is not hollow, and does not take a PM installed on top of it.

    If you are using this for rifle cartridges, you will need (if you don't already have one) a Lee rifle charging die to work with your PM.

    Hornady does sell, at considerable expense, a case activated linkage, with optional powder through expander dies, but it works with their PM (or RCBS). Total cost for linkage, expander, and PM would be probably more than you spent on your whole press, but it does work very well (it is the same setup they have in their progressive press).

    Andy
     
  9. DaveInFloweryBranchGA

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    IF I were you and was reloading pistol, I'd just sell the Hornady die sets and buy Lee sets. You'll have the stuff you need to use your Pro Auto Disk and the dies I've found to be better than Hornady pistol dies.
     
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    My only experience with Lee pistol die sets left me disappointed in their seater die (7.62x25) which would not consistently seat the bullet straight. I bought a Hornady 30 Lugar seating die, and it works on 7.62x25 much better than the Lee did. I also use Hornady 454 dies for 45 colt.

    I don't like lee lock-less rings.

    I do like Lee collet type FCDs; I don't like Lee carbide FCD (at least not roll crimp)

    Andy
     
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