Anyone using LEE custom collet necksizing dies?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by drbill, Jun 14, 2012.

  1. drbill

    drbill Well-Known Member

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    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
     
  2. 7stw

    7stw Well-Known Member

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    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.
     

  3. rscott5028

    rscott5028 Well-Known Member

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    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
     
  4. Daveinjax

    Daveinjax Well-Known Member

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    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.:)
     
  5. sendero72

    sendero72 Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  6. drbill

    drbill Well-Known Member

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    http://www.precisionaccuracycompany.com/precision-accuracy-consistent-crimp-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?
     
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  7. drbill

    drbill Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
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  8. Daveinjax

    Daveinjax Well-Known Member

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    I didn't see a forster seater in 50 BMG when I looked after I answered the first time. Too bad !:cool: You will like the collet die from Lee though.:)