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What's the best Lee .223 die set to get?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by coyote 30, Jan 28, 2010.

  1. coyote 30

    coyote 30 COYOTE HUNTER!!

    Jul 9, 2000
    Snohomish, WA. USA
    Which set of .223 Lee dies are best to use? They have the standard 3 die set and the deluxe die set. Which set works the best and easiest?
    Also is the factory crimp die needed for loading .223?

    I am going to start loading .223 and have everything except dies. I have been loading 9mm and .45 ACP.
    The .223 will be loaded on a Lee single stage press at this time.

    Any info or experience would be helpful before I buy.


  2. I have the three die set loading for a Bushmaster. I use a slight crimp on the rounds with the FCD. This is supposed to be done to semi-autos so bullets don't get set back when fed from the magazine into the chamber. If you are using a bolt rifle you may not need the FDC. Good luck.
  3. RHVEtte


    Nov 20, 2007
    I'm looking at the same die sets, and I have to be missing something. What is the advantage to using a full length sizing die? You don't have to lube the brass for a neck sizing die (or at least as much), and the cartridges last longer, too.
  4. Colorado4Wheel


    Nov 2, 2006
    You have to full length size in a semi auto. FCD in RIFLE is just a Crimp Die of sorts. I hear good things about it. It does not size at all. So for semi autos you full length size, for bolt guns you just neck size. FCD adds a nice crimp around the bullet as is supposedly good for accuaracy as well.
  5. coyote 30

    coyote 30 COYOTE HUNTER!!

    Jul 9, 2000
    Snohomish, WA. USA
    This will be loading for both a Savage bolt gun and an AR15.

    Looking at the posts it looks like I need the full length sizing die and the factory crimp die. Is that right?
  6. Yes and hopefully without to much debate about the crimp die for the autoloader.
    I think setting up for the AR is better to start with, and then learn up on the bolt. You might end up using dif dies on the bolt in the long run. And thats a beautiful thing..02
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2010