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What dies do you use ver 2.0?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by WhoKnowsWho, Aug 25, 2003.

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What dies do you use?

  1. Dillon

    20 vote(s)
    24.4%
  2. Hornady

    16 vote(s)
    19.5%
  3. Lee

    52 vote(s)
    63.4%
  4. Lyman

    14 vote(s)
    17.1%
  5. Redding

    16 vote(s)
    19.5%
  6. RCBS

    35 vote(s)
    42.7%
  7. Forster

    6 vote(s)
    7.3%
  8. Other

    4 vote(s)
    4.9%
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  1. WhoKnowsWho

    WhoKnowsWho Member

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    Just wondering what everyone uses, I get dirty looks whenever I ask about Lee dies around town, so just trying to get a snap shot.
     
  2. Steve Smith

    Steve Smith Moderator Emeritus

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    Probably the first locked thread in H&R history.
     
  3. Jason Demond

    Jason Demond Member

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    For the most part I use Lyman dies, but also own 2 RCBS and 3 Lee die sets.
     
  4. Dave R

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    I have Redding and RCBS. I like the Redding better.
     
  5. bogie

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    Carstensen
    Harrell
    Redding
    RCBS
    Hammond
    Lee
    Wilson

    Not ranked in any particular order of preference
     
  6. ocabj

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    RCBS for pistols, Lee for rifles.
     
  7. caz223

    caz223 Member

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    Despite the fact that they're a real pain to use in a dillon press, I use Lee Factory crimp dies as much as possible.
    I guess almost any dies will work.
    I like RCBS but they seem to break more often.
    Lee's carbide FC dies ROCK!!
    Dillon dies+lee FC dies is a great combo, IMHO.
     
  8. Edward429451

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    RCBS
    Dillon
    Lyman
    Lee (Crimp)
     
  9. mwithers72

    mwithers72 Member

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    I use lee dies and a lee FC.
     
  10. GooseGestapo

    GooseGestapo Member

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    How about a choice of "all of the above" ?
    Have all listed and in no particular order: (except Dillon)
    Thompson/Center
    Herters (long defunct)
    Ideal (predecessor of Lyman)
    Star
    Custom (No-name)
    Home-made, by ME!
    and others I can't think of right now
     
  11. Turk

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    Since reloading dies last a life time I buy what I consider the best and that is Redding of the 26 Calibers I reload all but a couple are Redding 2 RCBS and 1 Hornady.

    I've often wondered if Lee dies and Redding RCBS etc were the same price would people still buy the Lee? sort of like my thoughts on AK type rifles if they were the same cost as an AR would you buy one other than just to have one?

    Have a good day and remember to pray for our troops.

    Turl
     
  12. LIProgun

    LIProgun Member

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    My first dies were a set from RCBS that I bought almost 20 years ago, and they still work fine. Since then, I've bought more RCBS dies than any other brand, and have been very satisfied. I have over a dozen full sets of RCBS dies plus various accessory dies (e.g., trim dies, added crimp dies, etc.).

    I have a few sets of Lyman dies, and a few Lyman accessory dies, and as far as I can tell, they are every bit as good as RCBS.

    I have one set of Hornady dies, and I like it. The sliding sleeve in the seating die (to align the bullet with the case mouth) is a nice feature.

    I have a few complete Lee sets, and numerous single dies from Lee. They are not bad, but I generally prefer the others, all things considered. The Lee taper crimp dies that I added to several older sets (so I could seat and crimp in separate stations on a progressive loader) work great. I have a Lee "universal decapping" die that I use regularly and it works very well. I have had some problems with their "factory crimp" dies, though they serve a purpose.
     
  13. kudu
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    kudu Moderator Staff Member

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    Started with Lee dies and progressed to RCBS and Lyman and now I am stuck on Hornady New Dimension dies. I particularly like the microjust seating dies available, very accurate for precision loading IMHO. Still use them all but am phasing out the Lee dies but have heard good things about the factory crimp dies but never bothered to buy any.
     
  14. Art Eatman

    Art Eatman Administrator Staff Member

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    I'm still using some Pacific and some C&H that might have been new sometime before 1950...

    :), Art
     
  15. Kamicosmos

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    I'm at 50/50 right now with RCBS and Lee.

    I like the RCBS more, but the Lee's are cheaper, and as hard as I try, I can't tell any difference between them as far as loaded rounds go.

    And Lees come with the powder scoop and shell holder which is very convient when setting up for a new caliber...which is why I started ordering Lee's. I'm just lazy enough that not having to go get the shell holder seperately is good. :)
     
  16. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

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    I keep buying R.C.B.S. dies because I've always bought R.C.B.S. dies—but I'm not brand-loyal.
     
  17. Poodleshooter

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    I have one Redding set, which I'm quite impressed with, however, I usually opt for Lee's due to price. I've never really been disappointed with them.
     
  18. uglymofo

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    For slammin' out short-range pistol plinking (25yd), RCBS w/ Lee crimp dies.

    Silhouette pistol and all rifle shooting, Redding Comp seating die, and either X-die (.308) or RCBS FL dies, and then Lee crimp dies.
     
  19. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

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    I voted for RCBS, but

    I have used LYMAN with a tungsten carbide
    sizing die, with excellent result's.

    Best Wishes,
    Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member
     
  20. lee n. field

    lee n. field Member

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    Mostly RCBS. That's most of what I've seen available off the shelf around here. I have a Lee .45 carbide sizing die that works just fine.
     
  21. Lancel

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    RCBS mostly but also have
    2 x Lee
    1 x Redding
    1 x Hornady (forgot to include in vote)
    1 x Lyman (new set that I've haven't tried yet)


    (Add another Lee if a Lee Loader counts. :D)

    Larry
     
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