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Old 12-19-2012, 10:16 PM   #11
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OK, the next time I load up a batch of .458 w/ 510 grain bullets, I'll keep that in mind.
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my point is that not all dies are perfect for any application. every maker has their idiosynchrosies. the thing i hate the most about rcbs dies and like about some other makers is rcbs incorporates the crimp step in the seating dies. to get seperate crimping i have to buy yet another die.
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Jon, look into Redding dies. Many calibers are available in 4 die sets.

I usually buy Redding 3 die sets, and a LEE factory crimp die.
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I will agree that the Lee factory crimp die is a good one. I use the Lee crimp die with my .35 Remington loads, the only cartridges I crimp. However, the other Lee dies, like I explained above are just not worth the trouble for me. Redding and Lyman seem to have the highest quality to me, followed by RCBS and Hornady. That is just my opinion based on my experience. Your opinions and experiences may be different and I am fine with that.
BTW, I have an old set of Herters dies for the .222 Remington (I believe made by CH) that I bought off ebay. The full length sizer works great, but the adjustment ring on the bullet seater is stuck and I cannot move it at all. So, after sizing the brass, I use the bullet seater from my set of .223 Lyman dies to seat the bullets in my .222 cartridges and it works perfectly fine.
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I will agree that the Lee factory crimp die is a good one. I use the Lee crimp die with my .35 Remington loads, the only cartridges I crimp. However, the other Lee dies, like I explained above are just not worth the trouble for me. Redding and Lyman seem to have the highest quality to me, followed by RCBS and Hornady. That is just my opinion based on my experience. Your opinions and experiences may be different and I am fine with that.
BTW, I have an old set of Herters dies for the .222 Remington (I believe made by CH) that I bought off ebay. The full length sizer works great, but the adjustment ring on the bullet seater is stuck and I cannot move it at all. So, after sizing the brass, I use the bullet seater from my set of .223 Lyman dies to seat the bullets in my .222 cartridges and it works perfectly fine.
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What do you bullets measure and what does the expander on the Lee die
measure?
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