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6.5 06 Lee collet die

 
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Old 09-15-2010, 10:48 PM
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Re: 6.5 06 Lee collet die

I get different sized mandrels from Lee



Tried spinning one and reducing one with sandpaper but got inconsistant shaft diameters and they are only $5.00 from Lee (minimum order though)


BTW - let us know if the 260 rem mandrel works in the 270 collet die
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Old 09-16-2010, 12:15 AM
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Re: 6.5 06 Lee collet die

why not buy a set of rcbs neck sizing dies? thats what i did for mine.
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Old 09-16-2010, 12:30 AM
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Re: 6.5 06 Lee collet die

Woods I will let the forum know if this swap works, and mick I really want to try this collet neck die; the engineering is superior and produces a finished product with much less runout - a homerun. I will be on the phone with Lee tomorrow.
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Re: 6.5 06 Lee collet die

"You can use the 270 die and try the 260 mandrel with it."

You could try it. Doubt it will wo't work tho. There is a fixed limit to how far down any collet can be squeezed. The "tube" is the lower end of the collet, it must be pushed up by the shell holder, with the case fully contained inside, for the upper collet end to work on the neck by compressing it against the sizing mandrel/decapper rods show in Wood's photos. Therefore, it's length dependant by case class and a .260 collet is too short to allow the tube end to touch the shell holder when a longer length case is inside the die.

Lee's collet neck sizer is the absolute best available for factory chambered rifles, IMHO. I haven't used a conventional or bushing neck die since I got my first Lee some 18 years ago. I suspect Lee's price for a custom neck die is less than the cost of RCBS' less effective neck dies for a wildcat. And I have three old RCBS neck dies I no longer use for just that reason (.22-250, .243, 6mm International).

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Re: 6.5 06 Lee collet die

Ok so the mandrel can be swapped, but I would need a long 6.5 collet maybe from a 264 win., which could work by itself anyhow, and which isn't offered standard by Lee, so... same price. I could try to open up the slots on the 270 collet and get to 6.5 range, but thats really not practical or economical. I yield Mr. Lee you can have your asking price. Man boomtube thank you for all the info. and helpful suggestions everybody.
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Re: 6.5 06 Lee collet die

Order a .261" mandrel at the same time, you'll like the .003" bullet grip.
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Re: 6.5 06 Lee collet die

I talked to Lee today and they told me if I purchased the appropriate mandrel that a 270 collet die should size 6.5 06 brass. So it sounds like a .261 mandrel and a 270 collet will work, but I wonder about the shape of the collet as it sizes down 13 14 thousandths. I can't see how it'll still be perfectly round for both the 270 and 264.
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