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Old 11-21-2005, 04:02 PM
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Re: lee collet dies/rcbs dies/foster bonanza dies/who\'s dies are best?

I certainly agree. You can't beat the Lee collet dies. My RCBS dies are only used for full lenght resizing.
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Old 11-21-2005, 06:12 PM
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Re: lee collet dies/rcbs dies/foster bonanza dies/who\'s dies are best?

Ditto on the Lee dies. I've had really good success with these!
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Old 11-22-2005, 05:21 PM
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Re: lee collet dies/rcbs dies/foster bonanza dies/who\'s dies are best?

thanks for the repies guys.i think my problems with bullet runout (as much as .007/.008 on some loaded rounds)is coming from both sizing/seat dies.i'm going to try the lee dies.30-06 caliber.neck sized cases have an average of .002 neck runout.bullet runout is much better with 168 matchkings.much worse with 186 bergers.thanks again
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Old 11-22-2005, 05:54 PM
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Re: lee collet dies/rcbs dies/foster bonanza dies/who\'s dies are best?

Here's my method for fine tuning dies. It works great for me and some others have responded that it worked great for them;

My $.02 worth---ALL dies with expander balls need tuning. Think about it...a piece of typing paper is .003" thick--what are the odds that the expander is not PERFECTLY centered in a die and could pull a case slightly off center??? Pretty good I'd say. Pull the expander stem out of the die (and now is a good time to clean the inside of the die). Run about 5 brass into the die and see if they come out concentric. If they do (and usually they will) you now have to try and get that stem centered on re-assembly. A great way that helps is to put a piece of very concentric brass up into the die to hold the stem in place as you tighten it down. Sometimes this takes 2 people unless you have 3 or 4 hands. AFter reassembly try sizing some brass and check runnout. If not good then do very small turns of the expander stem--probably 1/32 of a turn at a time. Resize some brass and repeat the small turns. At some point I can almost guarantee that you will get GREAT RUNNOUT CONSISTANTLY. (Somehow, someway the expander spindle will hit almost perfect centering in the die body) I have many dies that consistantly make less than .002" runnout after sizing with most of the brass at .001" and less. I own, hornady, redding, forester, rcbs, and lee dies. ALL OF THEM HAVE BEEN TUNED and most make fantastic ammo and all make good ammo!! I have never ever got a set of dies from any factory that made as good of ammo as those that I have done this simple work with.

One last thought. I think a low angle inside mouth deburrer is a NECESSARY tool on the reloding bench. Lyman makes a cheap one that comes in a wood handle. Screw off the wood handle and throw it away and chuck the tool in a drill. I've found "not" carefull chamferering can cause bullet runnout on seating. The bullet should go in with perfect tension. With my old rcbs deburrer I always kind of felt a "pop" as it started and sometimes could shave the bullet slightly. This lyman tool is about $12 and is worth every penny!
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Old 10-20-2012, 12:42 PM
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Re: lee collet dies/rcbs dies/foster bonanza dies/who's dies are best?

Hi guys, Im a novice reloader. Could someone please explain what runout(case runout and bullet runout) means?
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Re: lee collet dies/rcbs dies/foster bonanza dies/who's dies are best?

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Hi guys, Im a novice reloader. Could someone please explain what runout(case runout and bullet runout) means?
Thanks
Fred
runnout is how far from perfectly concentric your case, or bullet is from the centerline of the case.

Here's a link for some concentricity gauges,
Concentricity Gauges | Measuring Tools at Sinclair Inc
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Old 10-20-2012, 03:38 PM
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Re: lee collet dies/rcbs dies/foster bonanza dies/who's dies are best?

I've use the Lee collet die for many years on the 7 mag and 243. Runout is .001 to .0015 all day long. Love them!!
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