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Unread 01-14-2005, 12:44 AM
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Re: Initial setup for handloading

Interesting. I will look into them for my store.
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Unread 01-17-2005, 11:05 AM
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Re: Initial setup for handloading


Dont do it, stick with your redding bushing dies. The problems one of my buddies had with Lee collet dies in 6.5x55 caused him to pull his hair out. Stuck cases,poor extraction,big velocity spreads and dreadfull accuracy, All sorts of different techniques were tried to cure these problems, like, light pressure or heavy on the die and polishing down the mandrel, none of it made any difference and at one stage he thought there was a fault with his rifle. A change to Redding dies cured his problems instantly and now has a fine shooting rifle.

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Unread 01-24-2005, 04:43 PM
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Re: Initial setup for handloading

Center Punch, I am really surprised that sizing down the neck with a collet could be so disastrous but the same amount of sizing using a bushing would lead to awesome shooting.

Neither die would change the dimensions of the case. Only the necks are squeezed to within a thou of each other (maybe even the same diameter, thus the same neck tension).

Very interesting...

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Unread 01-25-2005, 08:51 AM
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Re: Initial setup for handloading

Lets say this was a bit of a black area, had we persevered with the collet die we would have eventually got some good results. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img], but as i said my buddy was tearing his hair out and pacing up and down behind the firing points like a demented lion in a cage, when the suggestion was made to try some different dies he duely purchased a set from the onsite gunshop (Redding standard dies) and "Hey Presto" problem sorted.
My buddys rifle now behaved like it should do, he was happy and it was all left at that. No indepth analysis was made of the problem as to the "whys and hows" this happened, so nothing was ever found out.
A firm dislike of Lee equipment has since then existed,(breaking two Lee presses did'nt help, my buddys a big guy), myself as a qualified master machinist and toolmaker, look at it from quality point of view.

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Unread 01-26-2005, 01:10 PM
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Re: Initial setup for handloading

Hey guys what about the manuals from <font color="red">www.loadbooks.com </font> and the stuff from <font color="red"> DILLON PRECISION </font> .???. Somebody know the quality or those is not for beginners.
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