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Old 10-19-2012, 19:20   #1
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who make the best quality dies.

Ive looked at some old RCBS, and some old Lyman's, and it seems RCBS's quality looked better. Any better brands to look at.
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Old 10-19-2012, 19:45   #2
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Hi,

I really like Redding:

http://redding-reloading.com

Good luck,

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Old 10-19-2012, 19:53   #3
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Don't overlook Lee dies. The low price is out of proportion to the quality of Lee dies. In many cases, Lee dies are actually the best regardless of price.
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Old 10-19-2012, 19:54   #4
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Redding.

But even the Lee work great for most people.
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Old 10-19-2012, 20:37   #5
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Redding or Dillon

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Old 10-19-2012, 21:51   #6
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"Quality" isn't one-dimensional when it comes to dies (or most other things for that matter).

I run Lee sizers because they size lower, and because the decapping pin is less prone to breakage. I run Redding Competition micrometer seating dies because they let me dial in different OAL's repeatably. I run Lee FCD crimp dies because there's no other post-sizing crimp die on the market (there's plenty of FCD hate out there but I'm a believer).

Side-by-side it's quite evident that Redding and Dillon dies are "better quality" than Lee dies, in many of the ways we often think about quality e.g. fit & finish. But the Lee dies do the best job, so I use them. The fact that they cost less is just a bonus.

Edit to add: I only use Dillon lock rings. Every other lock ring on the market is TERRIBLE.

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Old 10-19-2012, 22:25   #7
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Lee quality control is not what it should be. You can get a great die from them or a crappy one. How lucky are you?

I think everyone else makes good quality dies. I always buy Dillon for pistol because I like to seat and crimp in separate stations.
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Old 10-19-2012, 22:46   #8
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Dillon for pistol, Redding for Rifle.
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Old 10-20-2012, 07:48   #9
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I bought Dillon dies in 9mm when I bought my first press (550), but replaced the sizing die with a Lee one and the seating die with a Redding micrometer version.

I just went ahead and bought the Redding when I started loading .45ACP. I love that micrometer seating die, and all their dies are quality.
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Old 10-20-2012, 10:07   #10
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Lee quality control is not what it should be. You can get a great die from them or a crappy one. How lucky are you?

I think everyone else makes good quality dies. I always buy Dillon for pistol because I like to seat and crimp in separate stations.
I'm pretty lucky. I have five sets of Lee dies and all work great. The only other dies I have used are Dillon dies and I like Lee better.
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Old 10-20-2012, 10:24   #11
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I'm pretty lucky. I have five sets of Lee dies and all work great. The only other dies I have used are Dillon dies and I like Lee better.
Owning Lee, RCBS, Dillon dies, I like the Lee and Dillon for decapping pistol rounds.
I have had good luck with Lee dies. But I am not a precision re loader.
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Old 10-20-2012, 13:27   #12
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It's not the looks on the outside, but rather the inside that makes the difference. If you have a set of hole gauges, you can learn allot as it relates to consistency.

Most of my dies are Lee, but I have a set of RCBS and a set of Herters. Fortunately, all my dies work fine. I've never had Reddings and they do look very nice on the outside, but if you take a flashlight and look on the inside, it's actually rougher than I expected. Could have just been the set of dies I saw, but I suspect you won't find Reddings any smoother on the inside than any other brand of die.

A couple people mentioned Redding for the seating die because of the dial feature and I can definately understand making a choice for a reason like that - but to make it simply based on perceived quality I think is mistake. Obviously, just an opinion, but it's mine.
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Old 10-20-2012, 18:01   #13
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my vote goes to Redding
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Old 10-20-2012, 18:16   #14
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A couple people mentioned Redding for the seating die because of the dial feature and I can definately understand making a choice for a reason like that - but to make it simply based on perceived quality I think is mistake. Obviously, just an opinion, but it's mine.
For precision rifle reloading, I size just the neck. The Redding competition neck sizing die uses interchangeable bushings so I can get any amount of neck tension I want. The busings are PRICEY!

I also like the Redding rifle bullet seating die because it centers up the bullet as it is inserted.

All in all, I'm pretty happy with Redding for rifle.

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I like the Dillion for pistol and RCBS and Redding for rifle (when I used to load them). But I know a number of people that really like the Lee dies.

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Old 10-20-2012, 19:07   #16
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Don't overlook Lee dies. The low price is out of proportion to the quality of Lee dies. In many cases, Lee dies are actually the best regardless of price.
This too, Lee dies are squared away for 1/3 the cost of some brands.
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Old 10-20-2012, 19:41   #18
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Rcbs.
I like the RCBS dies, and they also have excellent customer service. I particularly like the RCBS gold medal match dies with he micrometer bullet seater for rifle cartridges. This is for a single stage press btw. If I were using a progressive I'd go with a Dillon and use their dies.
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Old 10-21-2012, 06:26   #19
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I like the Dillion for pistol and RCBS and Redding for rifle (when I used to load them). But I know a number of people that really like the Lee dies.

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