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Steel vs Carbide for rifle

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Woody3, Jan 3, 2012.

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  1. Woody3

    Woody3 Member

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    Hi all,

    I'm sure this has been discussed but I guess my searchkuando is weak today.

    Anyhow, what is the benefit of using carbide dies on rifle cases if you still have to lube? I like to save where I can and right now can't see any real benefit to having carbide dies.

    Right now I'm using RCBS steel dies for my .223 but I'm going to buy the Dillon 3 die set real soon. I'm just trying to figure out if it's worth the extra money for the Carbide set.
    I load around 500 rounds per month.

    Thanks,
    Woody


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  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    IMO: No.

    You still have to lube bottleneck rifle cases which is the only major benefit of carbide handgun dies..

    The Dillon carbide rifle dies are for commercial or high-volume reloaders that actually load enough to wear out steel dies on a regular basis.

    rc
     
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  3. ranger335v

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    "what is the benefit of using carbide dies on rifle cases"

    Well, if the cases are clean and properly lubed, the average life expectancy of a steel sizing die is maybe a half million rounds before it wears passed SAAMI tolerances; carbide can multiply that by 4 or 5. Do the math for your volume vs. the die prices and see if a carbide FL sizer vs. maybe a secnd steel sizer would help you better in this life time.
     
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  4. Woody3

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    Thanks guys. That's pretty much what I was thinking. I'll stick with my plan and buy the steel set.


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  5. jmorris

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    I have some carbide rifle dies as they require less effort to size. You must lube with bottle neck cases but I lube all cases, rifle and pistol, with both carbide and standard dies anyway. Again, its less work.
     
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