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Unread 02-23-2012, 07:15 PM
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Re: Question on Hornady Dies...

Imperial for me. I have 3 sets of Hornady dies, I like the tapered expander ball but the love stops there. I have come to greatly appreciate Forster, Lyman and Redding dies over all the rest.

A die adjustment tip - lube a case and run it up into your die before you lock the die down to the press. This allows for axial alignment of the shell holder, case, and die. Also, brush out the inside of the case neck to get rid of the crud. A good brushing will eliminate having to lube the inside of the case neck. I don't like a "wet" lube on the inside of the neck and will sometimes use powdered graphite poured over #9 shot in a small container as the lube.

In case you're wondering, I use the flat side of the vibrating arm on electric tooth brush to settle powder when doing compressed loads. I run it up and down the side of the case.
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Unread 02-24-2012, 11:52 PM
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Ditto Wile e coyote, he is spot on, clean the dies good and lubricate them and don't be scared to use case lube on the cases liberally except on the shoulder. I own several sets of ND dies and they are as good as any other dies- love the oval shaped expanders, easier on the case necks.
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Unread 02-25-2012, 12:01 AM
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Hornady One Shot lube works WHEN USED RIGHT. I found out the hard way also with a stuck case with that lube. I have found that you have to spray the cases down real good from a couple directions wile getting the case mouths as well, and the most important part is you HAVE to let the lube dry. If you try to size a case without it being dry it will get stuck.
I switched to Hornady wax (I dont know what its called of hand) and it works sooooo much better and easier.
The one shot will work fine but remember to shake the can super good and be sure to let the cases sit for about 5 min before sizing
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Unread 02-25-2012, 10:18 PM
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I prefer an RCBS lube pad and Lee paste. The Lee paste dries, but it still lubricates properly. I lube inside the neck and of course the outside of the case. I prefer the Lee paste because I do not want any chance of powder contamination due to case lube inside the neck. I may be a little paranoid, but so far it has worked well for me for the last 20 years. After they are sized you can take a cloth and wipe off the dry white paste, which is kind of like car wax after it dries.

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