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Need advice on dies

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by eastwood44mag, Jul 4, 2007.

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  1. eastwood44mag

    eastwood44mag Member

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    I'm looking into reloading some rifle rounds, but I want to know which dies to go with.

    The biggest concern right now is 8x56R Hungarian. Lee and Hornady make dies, but I don't know if anyone else does. Lee's are a limited run, and their warranty flat-out sucks. Hornady costs twice as much, but they guarantee for life.

    Am I likely to run into a problem? Is it worth the extra peace of mind to get the warranty?

    Thanks.
     
  2. buttrap

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    I prefer RCBS or Hornaday but for odd calibers I tend to go with the Lees,they cost a lot less and how much 8x56R does a person end up loading anyways..its not like a .223 or a 9mm. You are probably not going to load the stuff at 500 rounds a sitting. Only die have ever busted was a RCBS sizing die anyways. Some of my older sets of steel pistol dies I have replaced the sizeing dies with Lee carbides. Back then 12 bucks for a sizing die or new set of carbide dies for 30 bucks, they still work.
     
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    I’ve reloaded for 46 years, own dies made by (alphabetically): - Dillon, Herters, Hornady, Lee, Lyman, Pacific, RCBS, and Redding. I have never had a problem with any of them. Lee's may be cheap, but I have produced some extreemly accurate ammo with them.
     
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    What kind of warranty are you looking for and why does Lee's warranty suck? I've been using them since 1985 without any problem regardless of the amount of use. I haven't had to send one back for anything but some people have and they post that they are taken care of. I think all companies make decent dies, but as to wear and tear - it's case hardened bar steel, I'm not sure we can wear them out. My opinion is to get the ones that have the features you want.
     
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