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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-28-2011, 05:01 PM Thread Starter
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Reloading Dies

This may seem like a simple question but I am completely new to reloading. I have a lee reloader, and im gonna purchase some different caliber dies here soon. So the question is will a die from rcbs or hornady or any other for that matter, fit into my lee reloader? Are all the dies interchangeable or do I have to purchase only lee dies?
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-28-2011, 05:50 PM
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Re: Reloading Dies

any brand die will work. I have a RCBS press and use RCBS, Lee, Hornady, and Herters dies. Good luck with your reloading.
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As noted, standard 7/8" diameter, 14 thread dies are pretty much universal.

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I wouldn't overlook Redding Dies. IMO the best die for the dollar.

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Re: Reloading Dies

I normally use RCBS dies. Not because they are the best, but is what most gun shops carry. I also have some LEE dies. They work fine, but I like being able to lock the adjustments. You can't do that with LEE. LEE dies are a lot cheaper, but if you reload more than a box a year you will wish you bought something else.

My grandfather has used Lyman and Hornady for many years without complaint.

I can't say anything as far as compitition dies go. I reload for only pump guns and revolvers.

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Lee dies are just fine and they do lock in place with a jam nut.I load for 30-06,308 win,30-30 win,243,22-250 and more.I have Lee's for these and other brands also.I like that the bullet seater,on Lee,sort of floats in the die and centers itself.
I could go on,but they are fine. I started out with Lee products,along time ago and still have it.

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Re: Reloading Dies

Getting a little off topic but most of my dies are Lee. I have a few RCBS dies for calibers Lee does not make or are harder to get. I have Lee handgun dies that have loaded well over 20,000 rounds and are going strong. I actually like Lee's "lock nuts" better than RCBS. I've replaced the RCBS set screw nuts on my RCBS dies with Lee's. I own 19 sets of lee dies and have only had a problem with a 270 neck sizer. It was not sizing the neck enough and when I would seat a bullet, I could push the bullet in by hand. I sent it back to lee and it was taken care of right away.
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Re: Reloading Dies

Over the years I have owned a number of different dies from various manufacturers. I like RCBS.

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I have 1 Lyman and rest I use regularly are RCBS.

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I have many rcbs but turned to redding. Very nice folks to work with. I stuck a case some time ago and destroyed the expander bal. I called reddding for the part explaining what i did. She asked for my address after i gave it i asked her about giving my credit card info. She replied no charge i told her again this was my own fault shen than said we all make mistakes and thanks for using redding products. nos i know this item wouldnt of cost that much but that was good service.
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