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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
 

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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
 
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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.
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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.
 

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

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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.
 

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vintage dies

Have a couple sets of CH in 30.06 270 30/30. Shooters supply in 35 rem. 6.5 nip 8mm Mauser. These dies belonged to my late father who taught me how to reload hunt and shoot straight. I have his CH "C" press although I use a Lee Challenger single stage for rifle and a Lee classic turret press for my handgun ammo.
 

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Have a couple sets of CH in 30.06 270 30/30. Shooters supply in 35 rem. 6.5 nip 8mm Mauser. These dies belonged to my late father who taught me how to reload hunt and shoot straight. I have his CH "C" press although I use a Lee Challenger single stage for rifle and a Lee classic turret press for my handgun ammo.
CH made top end equipment!:)
 

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Dillon deserves a spot on the poll...

The BEST production dies out there does not rate a spot on the poll??:eek:

For me:
Dillon
Redding
RCBS



Lee is JUST one step above using a pair of pliers to work the cases...Bill:rolleyes:
 

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I have both Lee and RCBS . RCBS is of higher quality however if you are just starting out and your on a limited budget LEE is the way to go. As others have stated sometimes readjusting the primer decapper is kind of a PIA .
 

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I have been changing over to Lee. I have RCBS and Dillon but I think Lee has it in the die market. Factory crimp and all! But as always, do what makes you happy!
 

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i have both Lee and RCBS dies. the RCBS dies were given to me by my father when he gave me all his reloading equipment. the Lee dies are those i bought when adding new calibers to those i reloaded for. now i like the RCBS dies, but they can be a little harder to set up initially. they are a little more costly as well. the Lee dies are easier to set up and are just as good at turning out very nice relaoded ammo and are a decent bargain to boot. one thing i do like and even buy them to use with my RCBS dies are the Lee collet crimp dies. these are just great for crimping the bullets. i like that it's a seperate step.
 

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Although I am completely devoted to Redding, I use the LEE Factory crimp dies in most calibers that I load.

I must say that even though I dislike LEE products in general, we all owe Richard Lee a big debt of gratitude for making products that allowed many folks on a tight budget to get into reloading.
 
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