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Old March 4, 2011, 06:19 PM   #1
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Small base resizing dies in Mini-14?

So I picked up my brand new Ruger Mini-14 today and am getting ready to work up some loads for it. I have a set of Lee .223 Remington dies, what I'm wondering is do I really need a small base resizing die for it? Checked a re-sized case in the chamber seems to be no problem with extraction (really have no idea if this is a valid technique or not). If anyone here loads for a Mini, have you had any issues with a regular full length resizing die? I did a search for this topic but came up with nothing relevant to the Mini, just ARs, any help here is appreciated.

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Old March 4, 2011, 06:54 PM   #2
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Been using RCBS standard dies to reload for my Mini 14 for over 20 years. Zero problems.

Can't say about Lee dies, sorry.
All else being equal (and it almost never is) bigger bullets tend to work better.
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Old March 4, 2011, 07:14 PM   #3
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You will do fine with standard FL dies. The Mini has a very generous chamber.
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Old March 4, 2011, 07:21 PM   #4
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Well said, above and have fun.......... it only adds to the enjoyment.
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Old March 4, 2011, 07:52 PM   #5
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Thanks guys, I was a little unsure after a few guys I know that reload for their ARs said I might have issues with the FL dies. Once I get a load worked up for this thing, I'll share the results and the load.

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Old March 4, 2011, 07:56 PM   #6
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I use standard resizing dies and have loaded 1000's of rounds for my mini without issue.
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