Lee dies in .50 AE
Firearm & Gun Forum - FireArmsTalk.com > Gear & Accessories > Ammunition & Reloading > Lee dies in .50 AE

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-05-2012, 05:12 AM   #1
Moderator
FTF_MODERATOR.png
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
 
robocop10mm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Austin,Texas, by God!!
Posts: 10,177
Liked 2833 Times on 1481 Posts
Likes Given: 251

Default Lee dies in .50 AE

I picked up a set of Lee dies for the .50 AE for a buddy. I was going to load some Desert Eagle ammo for him. These are not carbide as Lee does not offer them in carbide.

I used my normal Frankfort Arsenal (MidwayUSA) spray on lube (formerly known as Minute Lube). The brass cases were no problem. I tried some of the nickle plated cases and things got bad. I stuck the first case and ripped the rim off. My trusty RCBS stuck case remover got it out.

I switched to my standby lube, Rig Lube +P. This stuff works on the tougest rifle cases so it should be fine, right? Wrong. Stuck the second case. Then I broke the tap off in the case. Now the brand new sizer die has to go back to Lee.

I ordered some Imperial sizing wax. When the die comes back, we will see if it is really is as good as they say it is.

__________________

In life, strive to take the high road....It offers a better field of fire.
"Robo is right" Fuzzball

robocop10mm is offline  
 
Reply With Quote

Join FirearmsTalk.com Today - It's Free!

Are you a firearms enthusiast? Then we hope you will join the community. You will gain access to post, create threads, private message, upload images, join groups and more.

Firearms Talk is owned and operated by fellow firearms enthusiasts. We strive to offer a non-commercial community to learn and share information.

Join FirearmsTalk.com Today! - Click Here


Old 10-06-2012, 01:17 AM   #2
Crazy Azz Redneck
FTF_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Txhillbilly's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 3,543
Liked 1220 Times on 697 Posts
Likes Given: 587

Default

That sucks,Robo!
Your gonna like the Imperial Sizing Wax.I've never had a stuck case with it,and 458 SOCOM cases are about as bad as it gets when it comes to a case wanting to get stuck in a die.
One little can will last you for years.

__________________
Txhillbilly is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2012, 01:47 AM   #3
Moderator
FTF_MODERATOR.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
JonM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Rochester WI,Rochester WI
Posts: 17,742
Liked 5795 Times on 3026 Posts
Likes Given: 394

Default

I just toss nickel cases unless im using carbide dies. They just suck to reload. Pretty but hard to work with.

__________________

"Gun control: The theory that a woman found dead in an alley, raped and strangled with her panty hose, is somehow morally superior to a woman explaining to police how her attacker got that fatal bullet wound." — L. Neil Smith

The problem with being stupid is you cannot simply decide to stop doing dumb things...

JonM is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2012, 01:58 PM   #4
Moderator
FTF_MODERATOR.png
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
 
robocop10mm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Austin,Texas, by God!!
Posts: 10,177
Liked 2833 Times on 1481 Posts
Likes Given: 251

Default

I like the Nickle cases in other calibers and my buddy has nothing but once fired Nickle cases to load. The stuff I was practicing on was assorted range pick up stuff. Yes it has been cleaned and polished. I think I will try a little polishing on the die before I tackle the cases again

__________________

In life, strive to take the high road....It offers a better field of fire.
"Robo is right" Fuzzball

robocop10mm is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-08-2012, 01:48 PM   #5
Moderator
FTF_MODERATOR.png
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
 
robocop10mm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Austin,Texas, by God!!
Posts: 10,177
Liked 2833 Times on 1481 Posts
Likes Given: 251

Default

Update: I tried something a little unconventional. I removed the decapping pin and collet. I slid a 1/4" ratchet extension into the case and tapped it with a hammer. The case popped out w/o much resistance. The huge gaping mouth of the AE case made that part easier.

Next, I cleaned the die and polished the interior with OOOO steel wool and light oil spun on a pice of drill stock. Spinning with the electric drill to get a decent polish to the die. I cleaned and degreased the die again. I took a cotton "bore mop", chucked on the end of a section of cleaning rod. Generous amounts of Flitz metal polish and buff some more. The die looks noticably smoother now.

Back to the press and try again. My order from Midwayusa had arrived and now I had some Imperial sizing wax. I ran the rest of the brass cases with out any drama. I moved to the nickle cases and was dissapointed. Ripped the rim off the first one, crap. I used the extension to knock it out. I then came up with the only answer possible...

I took out the decapping pin and collet and used the die for sizing only. I figured I could decap in a separate operation. I lubd the case with the Imperial sizing wax and ran the nickle case into the die with much effort (using an RCBS "RS" press). I then slid the extension into the case/die. Tapping on the extension with a hammer and applying slight pressure on the press handle worked. Viola! A PITA, but it worked.

I may still send the die back to Lee as this is not the best situation. $28 for a set of dies? I guess I cannot expect much.

__________________

In life, strive to take the high road....It offers a better field of fire.
"Robo is right" Fuzzball

robocop10mm is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Firearms Forum Replies Last Post
Dies? rferguson61 Ammunition & Reloading 19 04-14-2012 03:42 PM
Dies before the Buy? cottontop Ammunition & Reloading 1 02-26-2012 06:04 PM
Lee dies vs. everyone else 1982flh80 Ammunition & Reloading 3 09-16-2011 11:28 AM
.223 dies/ best for me moneymaker17 Ammunition & Reloading 4 08-20-2011 01:22 PM
.44-40 dies crossfire Competition Shooting 0 12-24-2007 03:12 AM