Carbide dies

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by opaww, Aug 4, 2010.

  1. opaww

    opaww New Member

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    My son ordered a set of carbide dies for .40 S&W, a RCBS shell holder, a complete set of Lee hand primer shell holders and a powder bushing so we can start reloading the .40 S&W. It all arrived today 2 days ahead of the projected arrivel date and I got to playing with it all.

    I can say without a doubt that carbide dies are great and I will be replacing the old dies I have a little at a time with carbide.
     
  2. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

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    Opaww,Those Carbide dies are the only way to go.I just wish they were made in rifle calibers.I know there are some made,but you have to be very rich to buy them from what I've read.
    All of my pistol caliber dies are carbide.
     

  3. Dzscubie

    Dzscubie New Member

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    opaww,

    Do you need any 40 brass? I can get you as much 1st fired as you need all you need to do is pay shipping. Let me know.

    Scubie
     
  4. opaww

    opaww New Member

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    Let me know how much shipping is on say 1000 pieces of .40 S&W brass. I got limited funds but if the cost is not to much I can handle it.
     
  5. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    Carbide is a wonderful thing.
     
  6. TXnorton

    TXnorton New Member

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    My RCBS carbide sizing dies have a rounded cross-section carbide "ring" in the lower section of the die to size the cases. Carbide dies are generally only applicable for straight walled pistol type cases, as the "ring" will not work for a tapered case which is the norm for most rifle cartridges.

    I think I saw a Dillon advert in their "Blue Press" magazine for a carbide sizing die for the .308/7.62x51, but I have not had time to research how they do that.

    Where they are available, they are a great investment as you can skip the whole case lubrication step (although tumble cleaning the cases is very helpful).

    I have bought carbide sizing dies for all of my straight walled pistol cartridges that I load in quantity.
     
  7. Dzscubie

    Dzscubie New Member

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    Opaww,

    I'll pick you up a few thousand at the range next week . Don't worry about shipping I don't think it will be that much just pm me your address and I'll get them out to you.

    Scubie
     
  8. patret

    patret New Member

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    Carbide dies are great but I still use a small amount of lube to help the die last almost forever. I know some of you might not agree with the lube but I have actually worn out carbide dies with my progressive loaders. You must tumble the brass before you size or you probably will scratch your dies and leave marks on your brass.

    patret
     
  9. Dzscubie

    Dzscubie New Member

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    Opaww,

    I have just boxed up 1000 rounds of 40 S&W and will get them out to you on Monday if you will pm me your address.

    US Postal Service Flat Rate box, should cost about $10 bucks.

    Let me know when you get them.

    This is all 1st fired from qualifying my officers. Let me know if you need any more.

    Scubie
     
  10. noylj

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    TiN

    Yeah, carbide is wonderful. Slightly better is titanium nitride. TiN is used to coat carbide for certain harsh environments...
     
  11. Glasshartt

    Glasshartt New Member

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    Opaww

    Shipping was $10.70, flat rate boxes are wonderful.
     
  12. opaww

    opaww New Member

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    Thanks but it will have to wait a bit sense I am out of money for the month
     
  13. orthros

    orthros New Member

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    I ordered 3 sets of dies from CH tool and die and had them TiN coat the sizing dies and expanders. The calibers were .223 SB, .308 SB and .475 Wildey Mag and after using them will not go back to another plain sizing die. You still have to lube the cases as with a carbide rifle die but they size so much easier than the plain type. If you wear out the coating, CH will replace it, no charge. Definately the way to go.

    CH4D :: Titanium Nitride (TiN) Coating
     
  14. Glasshartt

    Glasshartt New Member

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    Don't worry about it, I was just letting you know that it wasn't that much.