Switching from Lee to RCBS (maybe)

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by firelt, Oct 29, 2013.

  1. firelt

    firelt New Member

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    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?
     
  2. austin92

    austin92 New Member

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    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
     

  3. Anna_Purna

    Anna_Purna New Member

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    Yes they will work just fine in the RCBS press. Same threads and all.
     
  4. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    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.
     
  5. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    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.
     
  6. firelt

    firelt New Member

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    Just watched the Dillon videos. Impressive. I might have to re-think my potential purchase, thanks guys.
     
  7. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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    My only problem with Dillon is it seems like a pain, and expensive, to switch calibers.
     
  8. CamoToe1

    CamoToe1 New Member

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    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.
     
  9. DrumJunkie

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    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.
     
  10. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    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
     
  11. rjd3282

    rjd3282 New Member

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    Switching calibers on my 550 Dillon takes all of 3 minutes. Less if the next caliber uses the same shell plate then it only takes about 3 seconds. Dillon replaced a part for free, that I lost and I told them I lost the part. I have reloading stuff from Lee, RCBS, Redding, Lyman and Hornady but I like my Dillon stuff the best.
     
  12. nitestalker

    nitestalker New Member

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    My old Dillion 450 has loaded thousands of round going back to the early 1980s. Dillion has up-graded and replaced parts with just a phone call for over 30 years. You will like their monthly informative "Blue Press" catalog. :D
     

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  13. Kraj

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    I have the hornady progressive press and I'm very happy with it. I'm sure dillon makes a nice press but I see no reason to spend more when I'm happy with what I have.
     
  14. rjd3282

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    You're only happy because you haven't used a Dillon yet. :D
     
  15. infidel686

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    Not everyone has the money to have dillon equipment. I have always had lee and while not top of the it does the job easily and the rounds always go bang. Personally there is too much going on at one time on a progressive, I would not use anything more than a good turret press to give each round the attention they deserve but thats just my opinion.
     
  16. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    It can be expensive if you get a powder measure for each caliber. I've got three measures one for each type of powder charge. Pistol, rifle, magnum type rifle. Caliber change takes me about 5 minutes including adjusting powder throw. Those removeable qd die holders are sweeeeeeeet.

    So true

    Just look on ebay gunbroker local paper craigs list etc for a beat to hell one. Buddy of mine got one in a local garage sale rusted and non functional. He asked me if he should get it I said if you don't I will!! He sent it to dillon and for less than the cost of a new lee loader he got back a rebuilt 650 looked like new.
     
  17. nitestalker

    nitestalker New Member

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    If you are not mechanical and lack multi-task abilities that is a wise decision. The progressive loaders like the Dillon are better suited for the more advanced reloaders. :)
     
  18. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I rarely regret buying the best. Yes you can make something else work, but...
     
  19. mrm14

    mrm14 Active Member

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    Using RCBS's. Looking at adding a Redding. Anything wrong with Redding ?
     
  20. bradam

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    shell plates

    I am buying equipment to reload. I bought a rcbs turret press and rcbs dies. I need to get shell plates. I will be loading 308, 223, 380 auto 38 special, 9mm and 50 cal smith and wesson. My question is: Are any of those calibers interchangable with the same shell plates?