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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-05-2019, 01:14 PM Thread Starter
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Die recommendations

Have been reloading for 50+ years and want to start reloading for my Springfield Armory Saint AR .223 / 5.56 and need recommendations on dies. I have always stuck with RCBS gear but would like to see if there are other options to consider.
Among other things I wonder if I need a SBSD (small base sizer die) for the AR? On my M1 Garand I need to use SBSD or else the cartridges will not chamber.

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-05-2019, 01:26 PM
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Why would you need a SBSD for an AR? Not being smart just curious as I was think about reloading for my AR's too. I've always had good service with RCBS and Redding dies.
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I am thinking about getting a conversion kit for my Dillion 650 for 223. I have not purchased any .223 dies yet either, but have always purchased RCBS and some have been used for many many years with only bending a pin or two along the way. I do have some old 38/357 Lyman and Pacific dies which were given to me as used, but I have never had the need to use them.

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I had the same question a month or so ago, after I built my first AR. The research I did was typical, some said you need a small base die, some said you didnt. The route I am going is to load using a non-SB die. If I have chambering issues with my reload's then I will look at the SB die option. So far I have not have had any issues using the non-SB die. Personally I like to work the case as little as possible when resizing, so to me the SB die went against that. But; chamber dimensions and the amount of rounds being put through the firearm between cleanings could dictate the need for a SB die in a different firearm.

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I like RCBS dies honestly. I was on a bit of a Lee kick for a while, but I'm since gone back to RCBS. I tried some of the cheap Hornady dies too, but I didn't care for them.
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What about Redding?
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post #7 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-05-2019, 08:22 PM
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A small base die is $10 more.223 brass is as cheap as you can get.PGC range or club pick up is free.No need to worry about brass life.

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Guys, I appreciate all the replies. Really interesting stuff; lots to think about.

But for the sake of clarification -- it's not a question of brass life or the cost of die set. It is a question I have relative to the possibility of the re-loaded rounds NOT chambering in the weapon if they are not run through an SBSD. And in this case it is an AR .223 / 5.56.

And the question is based on the fact that I must use a SBSD of all the re-loads I put through my M1, or else they will not chamber and get stuck right there.

Let me put a finer point on this. Do re-loads for semi automatic rifles need to be processed through a SBSD to assure that they will chamber in the weapon?

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Originally Posted by ruger300 View Post
What about Redding?
I like RCBS but this is the best of the options.

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post #10 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-06-2019, 11:14 AM
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For a .223,I really like Hornady dies.Their bullet seating die has an internal aligner that keeps small bullets from going in the neck crooked.
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