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fa35jsf 03-12-2013 12:41 PM

Favorite Dies?
What is y'alls favorite brand of dies? Right now I own some RCBS and Hornady dies but what about others. I am going to add a poll to this so check it out and post comments

JonM 03-12-2013 12:53 PM

I prefer dillon dies but only if im using em solely in my xl650. Otherwise i like lee redding and rcbs. I really really like the lee crimp dies a lot. The rcbs competition seater dies are really good for my precision needs. The dillon dies are just fantastic for making minor changes and stuck case removal or replacing broken decapping pins.

Lee decapping sucks terribly and should really be avoided if you need to decap military crimped primers or have a possibility of dealing with berdan cases. I just hate having to disassemble to slide the decap pin back down. They are fine on normal decapping needs but i find em annoying when having to process military surplus range pickups or mixed unknown source brass

cottontop 03-12-2013 09:25 PM

I own some of all of them, but RCBS are my favorite. I really don't care much for Lee dies, but will use them if there is nothing else. I've gotten some good deals on used RCBS dies from the bay.

rockratt 03-12-2013 10:49 PM

I have Hornady, RCBS and 1 Lee. I prefer the Hornady's but have more RCBS because I have been able to pick used ones up at good prices.

fa35jsf 03-14-2013 05:26 PM

Yeah I think both Hornady and RCBS are probably the best in my book. Then again I am pretty green to reloading

HOSSFLY 03-14-2013 05:54 PM

Guess Lee cause thats all i've ever used --

awaysaway 03-14-2013 06:06 PM

Really like the machining on the Redding dies. Just a step above the others.

AIKIJUTSU 03-14-2013 06:11 PM

I use Lee carbide dies. The only problem I've had is with decapping some brass, due to the way some really tight primers cause the pin to slip. It interrupts the rythm of the operation while readjusting the die.

locutus 03-14-2013 10:24 PM


Originally Posted by awaysaway (Post 1175905)
Really like the machining on the Redding dies. Just a step above the others.

Absolutely. For me, redding above all of the others.

Lyman and RCBS in 2nd place.

beaglesam 03-14-2013 10:27 PM

Lee dies have served me well.

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