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Thread: Preferred die maker?

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    Boolit Master

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    The only Lee die I have is a universal decapping die but I do use their trimmers some. You should try them before selling them, they work ok. I only use trim dies when I'm forming cases and have a lot of material to remove. My bench is inside and using the trim die in the press is kind of messy.

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    Thanks, all, for taking time to share your opinions and experience.

    Have a nice cast.
    PBSmith

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    Redding and RCBS grace most of the boxes on my desk. I like Hornady dies with a caveat, they can be a pain with cast. The seating sleeve is perfect for jacketed but often requires honing our for fatter boolits. If you hone it out, you’ve defeated the advantage the sleeves bring for jacketed.

    I like Lyman dies. I have 1/2 dozen sets.

    They all work.


    Ymmv
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    Quote Originally Posted by fatnhappy View Post
    Redding and RCBS grace most of the boxes on my desk. I like Hornady dies with a caveat, they can be a pain with cast. The seating sleeve is perfect for jacketed but often requires honing our for fatter boolits. If you hone it out, you’ve defeated the advantage the sleeves bring for jacketed.

    I like Lyman dies. I have 1/2 dozen sets.

    They all work.


    Ymmv
    fatnhappy, I was wondering about that seating sleeve. Thanks for your note.

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    This question is simple for me. Buy Lee dies, if they donít work buy another brand. Iíve had to do this only on a few rare occasions. There are advantages to certain features that brands use exclusively. But Iíve found I can load accurate ammo w/ Lee dies. If I was truly concerned about squeezing every bit of accuracy out of a cartridge I would start down the benchrest route which doesnít involve a reloading press.

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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check