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who make the best quality dies.

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by plainsman, Oct 19, 2012.


  1. plainsman

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    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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  3. WiskyT

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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.
     
  4. Colorado4Wheel

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    Redding.

    But even the Lee work great for most people.
     
  5. F106 Fan

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    Redding or Dillon

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  6. MoNsTeR

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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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  7. shotgunred

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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.
     
  8. CanMan

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    Dillon for pistol, Redding for Rifle.
     
  9. ron59

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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.
     
  10. RustyFN

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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.
     
  11. norton

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    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.
     
  12. Uncle Don

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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.
     
  13. cajun_chooter

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    my vote goes to Redding
     
  14. F106 Fan

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    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.

    Richard
     
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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.

    Steve
     
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    Rcbs.
     
  17. APERS

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    This too, Lee dies are squared away for 1/3 the cost of some brands.
     
  18. PrecisionRifleman

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    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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  19. Bello

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    Imo redding the best
     
  20. WiskyT

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    Great avatar. Marty Eggs!
     
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