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    lee classic loader for Ackely Improved

    Is it a completely crazy idea to contemplate having a standard .30-06 Lee classic loader drilled out to take an Ackley Improved case?

    if it was possible, who could do it for less than a fortune, a local blacksmith with the right tools???

    LOL - leave it to me to want an AI but not want to move towards a press!

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    No, A blacksmith can just "drill out" a lee die, it needs to be set up in a lathe and re-cut with a re-sizing reamer, not the mention the fact that the die body is probably hardened so will need to be annealed and then re hardened/refinished. i would say that 30-06 ackley reamers are fairly thin on the ground in the UK as it is, let alone resize reamers. you would be much better off going for a set of proper dies

    Midwayuk - Redding 2-Die Set 30-06 Springfield Ackley Improved 40-Degree Shoulder

    and if you cant spring for a proper press just get a lee hand press for approx 30

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    You could try mailing Lee and asking if they could make you one. They offer (or at least did) a custom die service based on sending them fired cases.
    Seems like you do not have many avenues to explore.

    Yorkie.

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    Guys,

    Speak to Muir, he has already spoken to Lee and it ain't gonna happen.

    Stan

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    Quote Originally Posted by smullery View Post
    Guys,

    Speak to Muir, he has already spoken to Lee and it ain't gonna happen.

    Stan
    True enough. ~Muir

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    You can already get 06 AI dies, what is to stop you modifying it to be used in the Lee Classic style.

    doesnt matter if you push case in with a press or a mallet as far as the die is concerned

    If you have any other set in similar calibre then all you need in the bullet seater/primer seater base and a rod of appropriate calibre.

    the die is already threaded on the outside so having a collar made up to allow bullet seating adjustments would not be difficult or costly.

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