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Old 01-10-2009, 01:02 PM
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i've only used rcbs dies, the 25 dollar + or - ones. i need to replace some. is there any real difference in getting the higher dollar die sets?
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Old 01-11-2009, 08:51 AM
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I never had any problems with rcbs.but i guess if you were reloading say alot and not seasonal then i would go for the more expencive ones.they are more precise and accurate.i'm sure that onehorse will add to this thread allso sence he is allso a reloader.
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Old 01-11-2009, 12:01 PM
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i know there are centering dies and micro adjustable ones just they are about 3 times the $$ so need to know if they are really worth it. i think i have 3 or 4 to replace.
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Old 01-17-2009, 06:36 AM
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Ron, I've been using Hornady dies in recent years. Don't know that they're any better than RCBS, but I've had good results with them if you want to try something different. I am using them for three different rifle and one handgun calibers.
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Old 01-18-2009, 07:01 AM
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I use both RBCS and Hornady and have had no problems with either of them.
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Old 05-04-2009, 09:22 AM
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I am also shopping for dies. I plan on purchasing RCBS X-dies in 25-06, 270, 30-06. I believe they are around $55 per set. I think the benchrest dies are overpriced. If you seat using the quarter turn method 4 times per case with std dies and check with a runout gauge for concentricity holding a .002 tol then your good to go.

I have been told that Redding also makes a pretty good die set.
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Old 11-29-2009, 12:02 AM
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I could be wrong here, but I beleive the higher price dies are for bench rest competiters and the likes. the precision dies bring the fired cases to a more precise and uniform size to give batch consistancy. probably something to do with internal case space and uniform pressures over all.

but like I said, I could be wrong.

I last reloaded for .223 and after experiencing some case splitting, picked up a case neck resizer. since all my rounds get fired in only one firearm it is unnecessary to full lenth resize the cases.

I did opt for a set of expensive carbide dies when I loaded competition .45 acp rounds. they were well worth the extra $$$ because they really allowed the cases to flow through the dies without hardly any resistance and the need to lubricate.

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Old 12-15-2009, 05:26 PM
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I have only used the carbide dies. So I could not comment on the rest. But I do think like everything on this world you get what you pay for. So I would say spend your once on a good product. And never worry about it again.
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Old 12-15-2009, 05:29 PM
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Is this out of an ar platform? I had some of the same problems with my ak rounds. But it was after 10 or 12 reloads each. Just got worn out.



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I could be wrong here, but I beleive the higher price dies are for bench rest competiters and the likes. the precision dies bring the fired cases to a more precise and uniform size to give batch consistancy. probably something to do with internal case space and uniform pressures over all.

but like I said, I could be wrong.

I last reloaded for .223 and after experiencing some case splitting, picked up a case neck resizer. since all my rounds get fired in only one firearm it is unnecessary to full lenth resize the cases.

I did opt for a set of expensive carbide dies when I loaded competition .45 acp rounds. they were well worth the extra $$$ because they really allowed the cases to flow through the dies without hardly any resistance and the need to lubricate.
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Have used about all of the dies made at one time or another, over the last 20 or so years and RCBS is as good as I have found. Unless you are going to be shooting Benchrest or other precise shooting, regular full length die sets are as good as you can get. RCBS has a lifetime guarantee and a Customer Service, that can't be beat.
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