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Unread 09-14-2010, 11:49 PM
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6.5 06 Lee collet die

Can I form a 6.5 06 collet neck size die from a 260 rem. die and a 270 win die? I want to use this die only for neck sizing, and i can get both dies used cheaper than a Lee custom die. Will the 260 die work by itself?
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    Re: 6.5 06 Lee collet die

    No and no.
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    Re: 6.5 06 Lee collet die

    Thanks much I wont bother, but maybe you could provide an explanation as to why it won't work, if that isn't too much trouble.
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    Re: 6.5 06 Lee collet die

    The critical measurement is the distance from the case head to the neck/shoulder junction. The Lee Collet has a tube on the inside, the bottom of the tube contacts the case holder and raises up into the die until the splits at the top of the tube are squeezed onto the mandrel by a constriction on the inside of the die body. The tube is one piece. You can not change the length of the tube.

    However, you can fool the Lee Collet by inserting a washer on top of the shell holder


    Now the critical case-head-to-neck/shoulder dimensions are:

    6.5-06 is 2.1730"
    260 rem is 1.7797"

    for a difference of .3933" which is about 4 washers worth. IOW you could thread your 260 rem Lee Collet in your press, insert a 6.5-06 case in the shell holder and put 4 washer of ~.10" thickness each around the case and it would move the collets up to the neck of the 6.5-06 case.

    Unless my math is wrong.
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    Re: 6.5 06 Lee collet die

    Woods explanation is correct. If you know anything about neck dies forget it, the LEE collet dies are a whole different tool.

    His "work around" is also correct but, IMHO, it's more trouble than it's worth for other than a few rounds.
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    Re: 6.5 06 Lee collet die

    You can use the 270 die and try the 260 mandrel with it.
    If it's not long enough you can turn the 270 mandrel down to the desired size
    or possibly get just the mandrel in the correct size from lee
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    Re: 6.5 06 Lee collet die

    Ok thats what I was thinking Rockz, and thank you boomtube and woods for the great information. I have never used a collet die and didn't realize the tube contacted the shell holder. Have any of you gentlemen ever swapped internals - (mandrel or collet) on one of these dies? Thanks for the insight (pun intended).
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