Hornady Hydraulic Dies

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Greg Duerr, May 1, 2012.

  1. Greg Duerr

    Greg Duerr Well-Known Member

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    Do any one you guys know anything about these New forming dies...............I have not ..................sounds to good to be true.

    I just got my .243 Ackley.....................no fire forming ????


    Greg
     
  2. Browninglover1

    Browninglover1 Well-Known Member

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    I read on article about these dies just yesterday. They are a custom order job from Hornady and according to the article I read fire forming is still necessary to sharpen up the corner on the shoulder. The theory is that you can do load development for your cartridge from the very first firing instead of "wasting" barrel life fireforming the cases to your chamber.

    I think it would be a great idea for cartridges that are very different from the parent cartridge, but if your Ackley is set up correctly you should be able to shoot standard 243 loads and get perfectly formed cartridges while still having an effective round.

    I've only dealt with one wildcat so my experience is extremely limited, but we were firing test loads out of the parent cartridge, and the powders that shot the best with the parent cartridge also shot the best with the improved cartridge so we didn't feel like we wasted barrel life fireforming the brass.
     

  3. Greg Duerr

    Greg Duerr Well-Known Member

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    Great information......................I would imagine that they are expensive.

    Its good to know that the powder that works for the parent case also works in the improved.

    Thanks for the feed back I do appreciate it.
     
  4. Scot E

    Scot E Well-Known Member

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    I think elkaholic uses these for his Sherman cases. You many want to see if he will chime in on this.

    Scot E.
     
  5. SidecarFlip

    SidecarFlip Well-Known Member

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    far as I'm concerned, hydraulically actuated anything, especially portable things are great. The best thing I ever bought was a hydraulically actuated, portable, hand held geat and sprocket puller. best puller I ever bought.
     
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    rwk Well-Known Member

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    aNYONE HAVE A IDEA HOW THERE MADE, AND WHAT THEY LOOK LIKE.
     
  7. Browninglover1

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  8. SidecarFlip

    SidecarFlip Well-Known Member

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    Reminds me in a way, of the LE Wilson Die sets...... dead blow hammer and wack it....

    From what I read, $175 per die custom built by Joyce Hornady. Really not much above the Hornady Gold Medal Match Dies.