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Interchangeable parts?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Demitrios, Sep 26, 2009.

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  1. Demitrios

    Demitrios Member

    Aug 12, 2008
    Northern NJ
    I recently found a set of dies for a 10mm for pretty cheap. The problem is that they're Hornady and my press is RCBS. I haven't had too much luck when it came to Lee products fitting in anything RCBS of mine so I was wondering if dies or anything else were interchangeable with or not. Any suggestions are always welcome.
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Sep 17, 2007
    Eastern KS
    All 7/8" x 14TPI dies are completely interchangeable in any standard press of any make.

    Shell holders are universal fit to if they were made in the last 30 years or so.

    However, Hornady Titanium Nitride pistol dies have somewhat of a reputation, as does the bullet seating set-up.

    If I were buying 10mm dies, and liked RCBS carbide dies, that's what I would get.

  3. GRIZ22

    GRIZ22 Member

    Nov 4, 2006
    Dies are a standard 7/8 x14 thread I believe. I've had no problem using Lee or RCBS dies in Lee or RCBS presses. I even have a set of Herter's dies I use. There is a problem when you try to do things like use a Lee shellholder in a RCBS priming tool but there should be no problem with dies in a press.
  4. ranger335v

    ranger335v Member

    Dec 3, 2006
    "...I haven't had too much luck when it came to Lee products fitting in anything RCBS "

    You don't say what products you refer to but, from what I read of some hide-bound green weinies, it's likely your press will crumble in humiliation rather than submit to such treatment. ( ;) )

    Lee/Hornady, etc, dies work as well, or better, in my RCBS press as any others.
  5. pinkymingeo

    pinkymingeo Member

    May 31, 2007
    My setup for most pistol calibers on my Hornady press is Dillon sizer, Hornady PTX, RCBS lock-out, Lee seater and RCBS crimp. It's all good.
  6. rfwobbly

    rfwobbly Member

    Nov 14, 2008
    Cornelia, GA
    Dies are "standardized"

    It's as everyone has said... the vast majority of modern (made in the last 20 years) reloading dies share a common thread. The only exceptions to this are the dies specially made for a couple of small hand-held presses and the Dillon "Square Deal".

    So "yes" you can usually use anybody's standard die in anyone else's press. The only minor iritation (I hesitate to call it an "issue") you might run into is that you can run out of threads and not be able to lower the die enough. This can usually be corrected by replacing the lock nut with a thinner version. For instance, when using Lee dies in a Dillon press you must replace the thick Lee lock nut with a thin Dillon version, and even then it's down on the last thread.
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