Long Range Hunting Online Magazine


Go Back   Long Range Hunting Online Magazine > Rifles, Reloading, Optics, Equipment > Reloading

Reloading Techniques For Reloading


Reply

Anyone using LEE custom collet necksizing dies?

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 06-14-2012, 07:07 PM
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: SD
Posts: 254
Anyone using LEE custom collet necksizing dies?

Im waiting on some RWS brass so I can order a LEE custom collet necksizing die in 50 BMG.

Custom Collet Necksizing Large Series Die Set - Lee Precision

They want 2 fired cases and $150 or something up front and it will take 4 months to get as of right now.

I was wondering about this service and if anyone has had one made and if they are happy with it.

Im waiting for RWS brass because it doesn't need to be neck turned i guess. Spendy but i guess worth it.

I just got a LEE 7mm remington magnum neck collet die and haven't even had a chance to use it yet.

Sounds like it would be an inexpensive custom 50 BMG neck die - but it would be custom for my chamber I guess.

Any other ideas or use of this die?

I posted this same question of another site.

Thanks
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 06-14-2012, 07:34 PM
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Leominster mass, originally Salisbury Maryland
Posts: 1,324
Re: Anyone using LEE custom collet necksizing dies?

Quote:
Originally Posted by drbill View Post
Im waiting on some RWS brass so I can order a LEE custom collet necksizing die in 50 BMG.

Custom Collet Necksizing Large Series Die Set - Lee Precision

They want 2 fired cases and $150 or something up front and it will take 4 months to get as of right now.

I was wondering about this service and if anyone has had one made and if they are happy with it.

Im waiting for RWS brass because it doesn't need to be neck turned i guess. Spendy but i guess worth it.

I just got a LEE 7mm remington magnum neck collet die and haven't even had a chance to use it yet.

Sounds like it would be an inexpensive custom 50 BMG neck die - but it would be custom for my chamber I guess.

Any other ideas or use of this die?

I posted this same question of another site.

Thanks
I have owned that exact neck neck die in 7 mag since about 1998. I have had no issues with it at all. I did have a question about it when I first bought it. I called LEE, and they were very helpful, and even gave me some tips on how to get a little tighter neck tension if I wanted it. You initial set up is critical. You need to read the directions a few times, and fully understand, where to stop. If you set it in too deep, you can actually push the shoulder back. One suggestion is to ditch the lock ring it comes with, and get a RCBS type, or any one that you can set and forget. ( Allen screw lock).
Also you want to use the same shell holder every time. I have checked runout, using these dies, and it is excellent. I usually run the case through the die 2 times. After the first pass, I rotate the case about a half turn. It is good to keep the collet area well lubricated, so that it will not bind. I use graphite grease, or moly grease. A little dab will do ya! Through the years, I have enjoyed amazing accuracy using these dies. At some point, you will have to full length resize. Be careful, and watch the edge of the shoulder when yo do F/L resize. Have fun and enjoy.
__________________
AIM SMALL,MISS SMALL. 7 STW
LIFE IS TOO SHORT! AND WE ARE A LONG TIME DEAD!!!
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 06-15-2012, 03:51 PM
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Allen, TX
Posts: 2,608
Re: Anyone using LEE custom collet necksizing dies?

I don't shoot 50 BMG. I do use Lee collet dies.

So, take this with a grain of salt.

Collet dies and press, arguably require a bit more attention to setup in order to work correclty. No big deal after you've read, experimentedm and the light bulb goes off.

However, they can be a tad sensitive to the amount of pressure used in your sizing stroke. They get the job done on large rifle magnum cartridges.

But, I wonder if the much larger/heavier 50 BMG is going to be even more sensitive/finicky with the amount of pressure that you apply to the press.

Hence, I might be inclined to go with a bushing die if possible. Then, you have total control without variation that might be introduced from stroke to stroke.

Hopefully you'll get responses from people that are sizing 50 BMG with various dies.

-- richard
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 06-15-2012, 06:10 PM
Silver Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Jax Fl.
Posts: 479
Re: Anyone using LEE custom collet necksizing dies?

I love mine. I use the collet neck dies in 7mm-08 rem. , 308win. , 270 win. , 300 win. mag , 243 win. I don't see any reason you would not be happy with one. Do you get the whole set for $150.00, or just the neck die? I use forster bullet seaters and full length sizer. I didn't like the lee seater die but the sizer was fine. The only reason I use forster full length sizer is that I get the set for about the same as just the bullet seater and the forster is just a tad smoother. If I didn't get the forster full lenght sizer in a set I would use the Lee full lenght sizer. Don't know if Forster makes a 50BMG seater but if they do it's worth the money.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 06-15-2012, 09:21 PM
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 378
Re: Anyone using LEE custom collet necksizing dies?

I been using the Lee collet on my 7mag and 243 for over ten years with no problems. Runout is .0015. Once you get them set up, you will love it.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 06-15-2012, 10:00 PM
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: SD
Posts: 254
Re: Anyone using LEE custom collet necksizing dies?

Quote:
Originally Posted by rscott5028 View Post
I don't shoot 50 BMG. I do use Lee collet dies.

So, take this with a grain of salt.

Collet dies and press, arguably require a bit more attention to setup in order to work correclty. No big deal after you've read, experimentedm and the light bulb goes off.

However, they can be a tad sensitive to the amount of pressure used in your sizing stroke. They get the job done on large rifle magnum cartridges.

But, I wonder if the much larger/heavier 50 BMG is going to be even more sensitive/finicky with the amount of pressure that you apply to the press.

Hence, I might be inclined to go with a bushing die if possible. Then, you have total control without variation that might be introduced from stroke to stroke.

Hopefully you'll get responses from people that are sizing 50 BMG with various dies.

-- richard


http://www.precisionaccuracycompany....-products.html


I found this Consistent Crimp handle for reloading presses.
It is a torque wrench you put on for a press handle.
It adjusts ever 5 lbs.
It even can be used with the normal press handle one at same time.
It might be worth a try to keep pressure consistent - I could even use it on my new 7mm to keep consistent pressure I guess - Ill get used to my new 7mm rem mag collet die first.


Its intended use is consistent crip.

I would use it for collet consistency and why not use it to keep pressure consistent while priming?

Last edited by drbill; 06-15-2012 at 10:07 PM. Reason: add to reply
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 06-15-2012, 10:02 PM
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: SD
Posts: 254
Re: Anyone using LEE custom collet necksizing dies?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Daveinjax View Post
I love mine. I use the collet neck dies in 7mm-08 rem. , 308win. , 270 win. , 300 win. mag , 243 win. I don't see any reason you would not be happy with one. Do you get the whole set for $150.00, or just the neck die? I use forster bullet seaters and full length sizer. I didn't like the lee seater die but the sizer was fine. The only reason I use forster full length sizer is that I get the set for about the same as just the bullet seater and the forster is just a tad smoother. If I didn't get the forster full lenght sizer in a set I would use the Lee full lenght sizer. Don't know if Forster makes a 50BMG seater but if they do it's worth the money.

I would get the custom collet die for my brass that is fired out of my chamber and I have to send in a bullet to make sure the die will work I guess. They also include a dead length seater die. These dies are seater dies that don't have a crimp in them. I checked Forster and the don't make 50BMG unless I didn't look hard enough.

They make custom collet dies for alot of other calibers I guess.

Last edited by drbill; 06-15-2012 at 10:09 PM. Reason: add to reply
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads for: Anyone using LEE custom collet necksizing dies?
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Lee Collet Dies vs Redding S bushing dies dlebeck Reloading 57 10-03-2014 02:54 AM
lee collet dies/rcbs dies/foster bonanza dies/who's dies are best? 30-06 boy Reloading 57 10-28-2012 09:22 PM
New Lee Collet Dies For 7 MM MAG. & 22-250 F/S hotdog Reloading Equipment and Components 2 10-28-2009 05:22 PM
Custom lee collet dies? lurcher Reloading 1 07-22-2009 07:52 AM
Lee collet dies 308 nate Rifles, Bullets, Barrels and Ballistics 3 09-13-2004 11:52 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:41 PM.


Powered by vBulletin ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Management Powered by vBadvanced CMPS
All content ©2010-2014 Long Range Hunting, LLC