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Lee or RCBS dies?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by TreyNC, Nov 25, 2007.

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  1. TreyNC

    TreyNC Member

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    I was thinking of getting some 9mm Lugar dies, my buddy tels me to get RCBS, all I have experience is with Lee pistol and rifle dies and have never had a problem. Are there any advantages for the extra 15$ for the RCBS? I will be reloading probably around 200-400 a month. Tell me your thoughts.

    Thanks Trey
     
  2. Pumpkinheaver

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    I have both. I don't see any advantage with the RCBS dies.
     
  3. fastattack

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    Quality is probably a wash.
    However, RCBS customer service is great. If your dies get damaged, they will replace them.
     
  4. rcmodel

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    I have used RCBS dies for going on 45 years, and 5 years ago would have bought nothing else. They are the best company in the business as far as I'm concerned.

    But now, I buy Lee dies.
    They have carbide pistol sizing dies down to a science!
    They are the Best in the Business, bar none.

    The only thing I hate about Lee dies is the stupid O-Ring lock nuts that don't lock. I trash them and replace them with clamp or set-screw nuts as soon I get home with them. Or else drill & tap them for my own set-screws.

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    rcmodel
     
  5. TreyNC

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    Thanks for the quick info, I'll stick with the Lee.
     
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    I never had a reason to buy a more expensive set of carbide dies than the lee sets I have. The decapper pins that lee uses also simply slide out if you encounter a berdan primed case, or a tightly crimped in primer in a progressive press. I have dealt with Lee customer service, and they are second to none, I called to buy a screw in cap for a collet neck sizing die that I broke (random 25acp case fell into an 8mmX57 case, pin jammed in the pistol case, but only the cap stripped and popped out) They not only insisted they send a replacement die for free, but also included a factory crimp die to thank me for my stupidity:D That is also the only lee die that I broke, basically 1 die broke, 62 dies still run flawless
     
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  7. lee n. field

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    My dies are about half and half Lee and RCBS. Either will work fine.

    Ditto. Dies that go on a single stage press get their lock rings replacee mine Forster lock rings. Alas, they're too big for the Lee Pro. [shrug].
     
  8. redneck2

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    Actually, I prefer Lee. The finish of Lee is significantly better. Just take a Lee and RCBS and lay them side by side. Lee collet dies are the program for bolt rifle. Also, RCBS dies always seem to rust. Never had a problem with Lee.

    Since Lee dies are short, you have to put the lock ring on the bottom side of the head of the press. I use a Dillon 550 with the slide in heads so it's no big deal.
     
  9. Linear Thinker

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    I highly recommend Lee pistol dies, especially the Deluxe sets. You get 4 dies including carbide sizer and Lee Factory Crimp die for the same/lower price others charge for just the sizing/seating dies.
    There's nothing better than Lee FCD to make sure your ammo will chamber, and have a proper crimp.

    Redneck - Lee dies do rust :(. If that is an issue, Hornady makes plated dies.

    RCBS rifle dies are better than Lee's, but I prefer Redding over the other makes.
    They are beautifully made, and I like the Redding Comp seaters.
    The other rifle dies I like are Forster and Lachmiller.
    LT
     
  10. The Bushmaster

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    Hot damn...rcmodel. You figured it out. Yup...drill and tap them. install an allen (hex) screw and yer set (don't forget the lead pellet)...Lee...Hard to beat. I have one set of RCBS .38 Special dies and other then the difference in adjusting I can't tell the difference that $15 to $20 makes...
     
  11. JonB

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    So where would a guy find the replacement nuts with the small hex screw? I don't have equipment to drill and tap the Lee nuts.....
     
  12. wally

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    I prefer Lee as I find the decapper more robust and the Lee Factory Crimp Die in the four die set makes for totally problem free ammo in autoloaders. I started with RCBS, then tried Lee and have been using Lee for all the new calibers I've added over the years.

    I believe RCBS sells them :)

    --wally.
     
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