Reloading dies

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  1. Cliff Mitchell

    Cliff Mitchell Active Member

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    A friend of ours is setting us up we're getting a Hornady Lock N Load classic reloading bundle. I'm looking for a good set 6.5 Creedmoor reloading dies that won't break the bank. I was looking at a set of Lee's a lot of people say they don't work right in a Hornady Lock and Load. Suggestions would be greatly appreciated
     
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  3. Mustang72

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    I 've never used a lock and load so can't comment on what works with it. I loaded a lot of 223 with some old Lee dies with no complaints. Pretty much all of my rifle dies are rcbs and they work great for me and they are reasonably priced. I have a couple of sets that I think are as old as I am.
     
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  4. Hand Skills

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    +1 on Forster. Wish I'd discovered them earlier!
     
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    Buy once, cry once = Forster
     
  6. Cliff Mitchell

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    I would love to spend that kind of money but seeing as how my friend is funding it going to have to keep it to the cheaper side,for now
     
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    Understand that for sure. Should think about Forster though someday if funds allow. Thing is, other dies that can make ammo as good as the Forster set about are usually in the $200 range.
     
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  8. Mustang72

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    If your budget is really tight you can find some good deals on used dies. If I was loading for long range competition I might upgrade some of my dies but I have not had any trouble getting half moa out of my rcbs -- even the ones I got used for about half price.
     
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    I like my Redding dies
     
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  10. Pete Callamaras

    Pete Callamaras Well-Known Member

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    See what you want, then head over to eBay.
     
  11. Cinchy

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    I have a Hornady lock-n-load & only own Hornady dies. I have checked concentricity on many of my loaded rounds & they are always consistent, & dang sure better than any factory loaded rounds I have ever checked!
     
  12. epoletna

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    Lee will be the cheapest, in both senses of the word. RCBS are entry-level, but very good. Forster and Redding are marginally better than RCBS. Best advice you've had so far: look for a used set of RCBS, Forster or Redding on eBay. The reality, though, is that 6.5 Creedmoor is a relatively recently-developed cartridge and you probably won't find as many used dies available on eBay.
     
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  13. Mc Fraser

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    I have Lee Dies, Forester Competition Dies with Micrometer, and Redding Class A Dies.
    I check concentricity with a 20th-century gauge.
    Best die for the money: Lee very close performance to Forester. The neck sizing die its actually incredible I get consistent 2 thou run out. The seating die is good like 4-5 thou.
    Best overall all: Forester - Consistent 2 thou or less run out on both dies. I removed the guts from the neck and bumper die, like the decapping pin.
    Redding: I will never buy redding class A again, 10 thou run out and their technical support is garbage.
     
  14. Orange Dust

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    Me too. Always thought anyone's competition dies were as good as anyone else's, and RCBS, Hornady, and Redding standard dies were pretty much competitive. If you needed better, hand dies with an inline seater. All that changed when I bought a gauge and started measuring runout. Forester dies are not expensive, and I have been slowly changing over to them for all my long range loads. Redding does make dies that are as good for 3X the price though. Forester dies are a secret though guys. SSSSSSSHHH!
     
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