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Best brand dies for .270 Win?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by kshutt, Nov 12, 2011.

  1. kshutt


    Aug 24, 2001
    Guys, haven't been on GT much... just too busy these days! I did recently purchase my first .270 Win, and I've decided to reload for it. I still have an RCBS single stage press mounted on my bench from days gone by, so I just have one question from you rifle guys: What brand of dies do you recommend? I'm not concerned about the price, so leave that out of the equation. When I was at Bass Pro in OKC yesterday, I looked at Hornady (nice!), RCBS, Lyman, and Lee. I've heard the name Redding and a couple of others, so I don't know which way to go. I almost got the Lee set because they came with the FCD! :supergrin: Hope everyone is doing well. Getting ready for deer season on my end! :wavey:
  2. Murphy's Law

    Murphy's Law

    Nov 1, 2007
    Tampa, FL
    Issues like this are similar to which car would you buy a "Ford" or "Chevy" consequently you'll get 10 different opinions. Myself and because I load on a Dillon, I like their carbide dies. However I see/hear many recommend the RCBS for overall uniformity and excellent sizing capabilities. Don't think you can go wrong with any of the big boys. :supergrin:

  3. rhino673


    Feb 7, 2010
    Honestly , any of those that you mentioned will serve you well.
  4. alwaysshootin


    Nov 14, 2005
    True statement, especially for a hunting weapon. Myself, not sure why, but have always bought RCBS dies for rifle. With my BDL in .270 with RCBS dies, have got 1/2 groups @ 100 yards, from the very first loadings. Not sure I could ask for anything more!:supergrin:
  5. ColoCG


    Mar 18, 2011

    Again as others have said, I think any brand you mentioned will do fine. Myself, I have been using the same .270 Win RCBS die since 1968. It still works Great.
  6. ThreadKiller

    ThreadKiller Socialism Sucks

    May 5, 2004
    Bonanza Benchrest dies. Good stuff Maynard.
  7. F106 Fan

    F106 Fan

    Oct 19, 2011
    I have a lot of RCBS dies and they have always worked well. I also have Dillon dies for my blue presses.

    But, when I started loading my F-Class 6.5x284 NORMA, I went with the Redding Competition Neck Size set. Since the rifle is bolt action, full length sizing isn't necessary. These dies are definitely on the over-priced list but they are magnificent.

    You asked about the best, irrespective of cost; I'll vote for Redding. But Hornady, RCBS and the other top brands work very well.

  8. PCJim

    PCJim Senior Member

    Aug 4, 2008
    I'm a fan of Lee's dies. Their four die rifle set gives you everything you would need - FL, neck only, seating and FCD. Their neck sizer is self aligning and has received a lot of good reviews.

    More expensive doesn't always mean better.
  9. Lord270

    Lord270 Lord270

    Oct 7, 2011
    Star, MS
    I first started reloading for my 270 win. and I have used the RCBS die set and from day one it has not let me down. I even reloaded some Ukrainian made brass and it flawlessly made them into some durn fine rounds. Just like the ones I have done with Winchester brass.

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  10. Hoser

    Hoser Ninja

    May 22, 2002
    Redding or Forster.
  11. Lockback

    Lockback Polymerlicious!

    Nov 23, 2009
    IMHO, Lee dies are the best out there.
  12. kshutt


    Aug 24, 2001
    Fred, if you're tuned in to this thread, I'd like for you to weigh in, as well. Thanks to all for the replies so far. :wavey:
  13. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

    May 31, 2007
    Old Colorado City
    So hard to decide with them all being the same color.
  14. kshutt


    Aug 24, 2001
    :supergrin: Awesome! :supergrin:
  15. GIockGuy24

    GIockGuy24 Bring M&M's

    Jul 14, 2005
    With Amber Lamps
    270 Winchester cases stretch a lot. They are long cases and full power loads are at magnum rifle pressure. Also to get maximum velocity from the cartridge slow powder is required and slow powder will stretch cases more than faster powders, even at the same pressures. A lot of trimming and chamfering required of 270 Winchester cases. My min 270 Winchester dies are 20 year old RCBS full length dies. I have heard the current quality is not what it used to be. I have had defective dies from every maker over the years though. Many years ago RCBS tried to come out with collet neck sizing dies and they were a total failure in design and didn't work and didn't hold up. The newer Lee collet neck sizing dies are a better, simpler design and they usually work. Lee quality control is often not up with the others but the price is cheap enough, if one doesn't work, just try another one. The worst 50 caliber Browning dies I had were RCBS. I replaced them with CH-4D dies which are the very best dies I've ever seen. Their standard 270 Winchester dies are $47.46. You can buy them from other dealers too.
  16. kshutt


    Aug 24, 2001
    Since I don't really know what I need, should I purchase a 3 die set? I noticed that Redding has a deluxe set that has a full-length, neck size, and seater die. It appears with Forster you have to purchase them separately. I didn't find a set that contained the FL, NS, and seater. Also, how beneficial is it to pay the extra money for an inline micrometer seating die? I read a review that said the Forster was just as good as the Redding micrometer, but the cost was less. I'm just trying to get the most precise set-up, regardless of the cost. I don't want to pay extra or just waste the money, however, if the ammo isn't going to ultimately be more accurate. :dunno:
  17. fredj338


    Dec 22, 2004
    For rifle dies, I typically go W/ Redding. The Lee neck dies are not bad, make good ammo, but may not be best for a hunting round that needs to chamber easily. So I would look to Redding FL dies & partial FL size for reliable functioning. Accuracy will be more than satisfactory.
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2011
  18. Boxerglocker

    Boxerglocker Jacks #1 Fan

    Mar 6, 2003
    Lynnwood, WA
    I too would most likely go with Redding dies. The 3 die set. I would FL size the first time and just neck size the brass fired later out of my own gun.
  19. Steve Koski

    Steve Koski Got Insurance? Millennium Member

    Jan 31, 1999

    I'm not into rifle reloading enough to know if any of those is better than the other. Sorry.

  20. F106 Fan

    F106 Fan

    Oct 19, 2011
    The selection of dies is the least part of the problem when discussing accuracy. After all, the only die doing any work on the case is the resizer and often times that is simply neck sizing. There's so much more to making highly accurate ammo.

    Neck turning, concentricity testing, primer pocket deburring, case capacity testing/sorting, and the list goes on and on.

    Bullet selection is application specific. If you want to hunt, you probably won't want a target bullet (usually a HPBT) and you don't want a hunting bullet if you want very small groups at long distances. Bullet weight is usually a function of barrel twist.

    It's kind of funny how powder charges work. You can load several different charges just 0.1 gr apart and one of them will have a much smaller group than the others. One look at the target will tell you which charge is right.

    In the end, it comes down to how good is good enough. With a decent rifle you should be able to shoot one hole groups at 100 yards with just a modest amount of case prep, good neck sizing, precise powder measurement, a high quality target bullet and precise bullet seating.

    As to neck sizing, I kind of like the Redding setup with interchangeable sizing bushings. I like to think I get the neck tension just right (even if I don't).

    If you have a long distance range around your area, go ask the competitors what they use. Anybody shooting out to 1000 yards or so is making very good ammo. And they understand wind...