Which Dies?

Frax

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I've decided to move up from a hammer and a Lee hand press and have just ordered a Lee Anniversary Kit from Cabelas (£52 shipped, unreal! Yes, I know there might be a bit of duty...sometimes they get you, sometimes they don't)

Now I need to know what dies you experienced chaps use. I'm veering towards the Lee Deluxe set but any advice gratefully received.
 

tartinjock

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I am slowly getting into this reloading thing, I have been told that the Lee Deluxe Rifle Dies are the best. Gutted though, I just got a set of Colett dies with a crimp die but have beeen told that you cant get the Full Length Resizer Die seperatley......Now I'm looking at getting a Deluxe Rifle Die Set.

Hope that helps.

TJ
 

8x57

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Tartinjock, you should be able to purchase a Lee full length resizing die direct from the factory outlet. They post very quick and the cost will be less than here in the U.K.
Look up www.leeprecision.com and follow the links.
 

tartinjock

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Cheers for the Pointers, Lee Factory have been emailed.

Sorry, Frax, didn't mean for your post to be hijacked...

TJ
 

swampy

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dies

i have got redding dies for my 30-06, lee pace setters rof my 7mm, rcbs in 243 and some others in 223. They are all fine. I always full length resize, but some neck size only in which case your collet dies are the ticket. I also started with an aviversary kit. they are fine, as time has gone on i have changed a few bits. I now have an rcbs chamfer tool and primer pocket brush. a set of case length trimmers for all, an rcbs loading block. I make my own lube.

But i use the press, the powder hopper, the scales and powder funnel all the time.

Steve
 

JAYB

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Site Staff
Frax, I started with an Anniversary kit years ago and Lee Deluxe dies, I have overtime acquired different bits and pieces in different makes but I still use the same dies. I only ever neck size so they do me fine

John
 

swampy

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lube

i get some 99% isopropyl alcohol and some lanolin i think i used 125ml of lanolin to 500 ml of alcohol. I mixed them together, warm the lanolin up ontop of the radiator in the kitchen so it is really runny. i put the mixture in a spray cooking oil bottle.

When i want to use it i put it on the radiator or in the sun for an hour then shake it very well.

i put my cases in the loading block then spray them over with it. A few minutes later the alcohol has all gone and i can press them no problem.

i then wipe them off and do the primer pockets.

i clean them in a bucket of hot water and washing up liquid.
and leave them to dry.

The ingedients i get from ebay and it lasts for ages and ages.

steve
 

EMcC

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I just put a bit of Vaseline on my fingers ! ( no comments please) lol
When all done, put them in a cut off sleeve, hold both ends and shake the cases backwards and forwards until clean and shiny again.
I seem to remember reading why I shouldn't use Vaseline but it was so long ago I've forgotten.
No doubt someone more educted than I will enlighten me. lol
 

1shot1kill

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EMcC said:
I just put a bit of Vaseline on my fingers ! ( no comments please) lol
When all done, put them in a cut off sleeve, hold both ends and shake the cases backwards and forwards until clean and shiny again.
I seem to remember reading why I shouldn't use Vaseline but it was so long ago I've forgotten.
No doubt someone more educted than I will enlighten me. lol
I found out why, here we go
"If for any reason you do not use LEE resizing lubricant, be very careful not to contaminate the powder or primers.
All other brands are oil based and have a serious, detrimental effects on powder and primers. Because of the stickiness,they also attract grit that can damagethe die." :D
 

Muir

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What you folks need is Imperial Sizing Wax. Comes in a tiny tin and just a dot on your finget tip will lube three cases. I've had a tin of it for a long time and it's barely touched! It will do the heaviest resizing jobs with ease, in fact, that is what I use it for mostly. Normally I use Hornady "One Shot" aerosol lube. (The pump eco-stuff is crap) ~Muir
 

Muir

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... By the way. For anyone who likes that sticky RCBS goo. There is a product here in the US called "STP" that is a motor oil additive that adds extra lubrication. It cost about $4 a pint here and it is the same thing the RCBS case lube. If it's available in the UK you have the opportunity to pick up a lifetime supply of case resizing lube for very little money! ~Muir
 

shootr

Member
I've been using Lee exclusively for 10 yeaqrs or so and havae never had any issues. The Deluxe sets are a good deal. For pistol, I like the carbide.
 

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