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firelt 10-29-2013 07:48 PM

Switching from Lee to RCBS (maybe)
Hey all- I've been reloading for about 3 years now and I've strictly been a Lee guy. I have a Lee classic turret press that I have been (mostly) happy with. I does what I want with minimal problems, although it took me awhile to get used to it's little quirks, but that was admittedly just me my learning curve.
I'm thinking about switching to an RCBS Pro 2000 (or better) because I'm not getting the production volume I would like to make reloading worth my time. So anyhow, my question is this: Do Lee dies work in RCBS equipment, or will I be purchasing new EVERYTHING?

austin92 10-29-2013 09:20 PM

I don't reload yet but I will b starting soon and have read a lot. My understanding is horniday dies are the only oddballs out there so you should be fine to use your lee dies in a RCBS or any other press

Anna_Purna 10-29-2013 09:29 PM

Yes they will work just fine in the RCBS press. Same threads and all.

robocop10mm 10-29-2013 10:36 PM

If you are going to step up to a progressive loader, don't play with anything but DILLON! And yes, the Lee dies will work in the Dillon too.

JonM 10-30-2013 12:00 AM

the thing i hate the most about the lee dies are the el-cheapo lockrings. i typically just toss em and use dillon rings.

i would suggest looking at a dillon xl650.

firelt 10-30-2013 02:26 AM

Just watched the Dillon videos. Impressive. I might have to re-think my potential purchase, thanks guys.

JW357 10-30-2013 02:49 AM

My only problem with Dillon is it seems like a pain, and expensive, to switch calibers.

CamoToe1 10-30-2013 02:59 AM

Don't forget to compare the Hornady LNL AP. The Dillon has been the standard for progressives, but the reviews on the Hornady have been very good. Good luck.

DrumJunkie 10-30-2013 03:11 AM


Originally Posted by robocop10mm (Post 1417231)
If you are going to step up to a progressive loader, don't play with anything but DILLON! And yes, the Lee dies will work in the Dillon too.

Dillon will cost a good bit more but in this case I do believe you get what you pay for.
I've used a 550, 650, and square deal (<--only does pistol rounds) and would not even want to count the total made with out failures. Of course though I think moist problems arise fomr reloading has to do with people not paying enough attention to what is going on.

robocop10mm 10-30-2013 03:47 AM

I have used a Dillon RL 450 since 1984. I have broken a couple of things over the years and Dillon has ALWAYS happily replaced at NO COST to me. I venture to say I have loaded close to a 1/4 MILLION rounds on mine.

I use dies from Dillon, Lee, RCBS and Lyman w/o any issues.

You can save some money on the caliber conversions if you use "off label" parts. I use the .223 shell plate and 9mm Luger powder funnell for .380. The 7.62 X 39 or .38 Spl shell plate works for .40 S&W/10mm. The .308 powder funnel works with pretty much any .30 caliber rifle (including 7.62 X39). I use the .45 ACP seater die on .40/10mm and the included seat/crimp die to taper crimp both .40 and 10mm. And of course the .45 shell plate also works for all .308/.30-06 family of rifle cartridges. I have 7 cartridge conversions and load 13 different calibers using them

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