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Dillon Shell plate question

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by RRTX11, Oct 11, 2011.

  1. RRTX11

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    I have always loaded .308 on a rock chucker. Now that my dillon 550b is cranking out 9mm, I would like to do the same with .308.

    What size pistol shell plate doubles as the .308 shell plate?

    thanks
     

  2. unclebob

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  3. RRTX11

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    What dies does anyone recommend for .308?

    I shoot medium to big game rounds, 165 and 168 grain bullets. Not looking for precision shooting out to 1000 or anything. Main thing about getting some new .308 dies is I like that my Dillon 9mm carbide dies do not require brass to be lubed, so would like to take that step out of the process for rifle dies too.

    thanks
     
  4. unclebob

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    Taking lube out of reloading rifle is not going to happen. Even with carbide rifle dies. Since you are loading for hunting you will want full length sizing dies.
     
  5. WiskyT

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    The Lee collet die doesn't need lube. It neck sizes only which is fine for a bolt gun. It DOES require quite a bit of force to compress the collet properly and I don't know if that would work well in a progressive. For the price, it might be worth a try as they are relatively cheap.
     
  6. unclebob

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    I believe he said they are for hunting. For hunting rounds you want to full length size.
     
  7. WiskyT

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    I didn't know the fish and game laws required that.
     
  8. unclebob

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    They don't but you don't need a feeding problem when you are hunting. I don't know anyone that just neck sizes for hunting.
     
  9. WiskyT

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    I qualified my advice by specifying it was for bolt guns. I don't know anyone who has function problems with neck sizing for a bolt gun.
     
  10. VN350X10

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    Takes a bit of "fussy" but the Lee Collet dies DO work in a progressive. We (3 of us in on it) load .308 match ammo on a Dillon Super 1050 & use the Lee dies. Takes a bit of time, but worth it.
    And this isn't going into bolt guns, it's fired out of 4 different Springfield M1A's.
    Yes, we actually load to fit the tighest chamber, but none of us are actually good enough for it to matter. All 4 of the rifles WILL shoot into less than 1" @ 100 yds. with the ammo we make.(scoped) The shooters are the weak links in this equasion.

    uncle albert
     
  11. scattershot

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    Since the .308 is a bottleneck cartridge, you will need to lube the case. If you get too much lube on the shoulder/neck area, though, you may experience "oil dents" in the case. It doesn't really hurt anything, but it's unsightly, and can be avoided by the use of a spray lube of some type. I use Lee dies in my 550 all the time, with no problems. Lee Precision factory sales has 'em for cheap, look for the two die set without all the extras. I think they call them RGB die sets. You will need the powder funnel insert from Dillon, though.
     
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2011
  12. Old Style

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    I do. Gee I must of been doing wrong for all these years
     
  13. unclebob

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    Right wrong or indifferent. What I was saying that everyone I personally know that reloads for hunting and everything that I have ever read on the subject says to full length size for hunting. Personally for hunting I see no advantage of only nick sizing and a bunch of reason to full length size. It’s the same reason why I case gage every round I us for competition. Even though I have never had a round that would not case gage but would chamber in the guns. Except for one.
     
  14. fredj338

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    I kind of split the diff. I partially FL resize. I want a 100% functional round, hot or cold & the best chamber fit while still having that. It has worked for me in MOntana or Africa, small rounds to big. I only neck size mys target stuff.