338 edge dies

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  1. bubba41

    bubba41 Well-Known Member

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    hi anybody have experience with d e 338 edge dies . is it really as easy as they say it is 300 rum case how does the expander work to you need anything or ?
     
  2. lamiglas

    lamiglas Well-Known Member

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    Yup it's really that easy. You only use the expander button the first time. After that it's just like loading for any other cartridge. The expanding part is easy also. Just lube the neck and then run the case in far enough to expand the neck only.
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  3. bubba41

    bubba41 Well-Known Member

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    so i have to lube the inside of the necks ? with wax or ?
     
  4. B23

    B23 Well-Known Member

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    When I run my brass thru a k&m expander mandrel, which only very slightly expands the necks, I lube the insides with imperial sizing wax.

    I would definitely lube the inside of the necks on the brass I was necking up. I think DE uses a tapered button and I'm not sure if it's carbide or not but it would make no difference to me I would still lube the necks.
     
  5. lamiglas

    lamiglas Well-Known Member

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    Yes mine are defensive edge dies and it is a tapered expander button. I spray the inside of the neck with hornady 1 shot
     
  6. bubba41

    bubba41 Well-Known Member

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    thanks guys i'll be ordering some shortly . hey is the expander button carbide or
     
  7. lamiglas

    lamiglas Well-Known Member

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    I am really not sure. You could check with shawn Carlock at defensive edge. 208-659-8973
     
  8. mike33

    mike33 Well-Known Member

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    I use a mandrell with a 338 expander from sinclair works well and takes the load off of the die. I always thought using the die for expanding is asking a lot from the die.
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  9. geargrinder

    geargrinder Well-Known Member

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    The tapered expander on my Lee 338 RUM dies works very well.