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Old February 12, 2013, 10:25 PM   #26
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I use all types of rings. I view the set screw types as stops and the Less rings as locks. On rifle dies its quick and easy to screw a die into a rock chucker if that die has a set screw type stop ring. But then again pistol dies left in turrets work very well with Lee lock rings.
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Old February 12, 2013, 10:30 PM   #27
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I actually *like* the Lee rings for my sizing dies, which is a good thing cuz I have lots of them. They even work in a Co-Ax press. I use Forster or RCBS rings for my seating dies.
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Old February 12, 2013, 10:31 PM   #28
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If you follow Lee's directions and turn the die in finger tight, not turning by the lock ring they are repeatable. I like them because they allow the die to float a bit as I feel it helps center the cartridge. I think RCBS rings with those cheesy brass socket screws are the worst. Even with the lead shot under the screw they slip and strip out. I replace them with brass screws of the same thread pitch. They seem to hold then. Hornady's are good too. I have all three depending on the dies they came with.
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Old February 12, 2013, 10:39 PM   #29
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Most of my RCBS rings are old ones, with a slotted steel set screw with a lead shot under.
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Old February 13, 2013, 06:13 AM   #30
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Rcbs's brass Allen head screws strip out easy.
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Old February 13, 2013, 07:04 AM   #31
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Hornady's are the best in my opinion
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Old February 13, 2013, 07:36 AM   #32
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I guess I use both O-Ring and Lock Rings ( Hornady). Can't say i find one any better than the other. They both do a great job, The few seconds it takes to set them is not a big deal.
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Old February 13, 2013, 07:56 AM   #33
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I have mostly RCBS with a few Lyman & Hornady. The set screw arrangement on all is "ok". I need to try the trick with the lead shot under the set screw. I'm sure that would help.

In the last year or so I have picked up a couple of sets of the Lee dies & I have to say that the o-ring system is growing on me. I load on a RCBS Rockchucker so volume production is not happening. Given the 100 or so rounds that I will load at a setting, the Lee dies stay in place about as well as the others. Also, if you are constantly screwing around with different bullets, seating depths etc., the Lee dies are pretty quick to change settings on.
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Old February 13, 2013, 01:39 PM   #34
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Hornady. I use Lee dies, but have replaced ALL Lee lock rings with Hornady. Good stuff.
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Old February 18, 2013, 02:41 AM   #35
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Old February 18, 2013, 03:14 AM   #36
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I like the Forster
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/110...-7-8-14-thread

But they are made of Aluminium.


These Sinclair clones are made of steel.

http://www.brownells.com/reloading/r...prod32863.aspx

http://www.brownells.com/reloading/r...ku=749-011-547
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Old March 14, 2013, 06:29 AM   #37
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Are the Sinclair rings the same diameter as Forster? I see Sinclair has lock ring pliers for their rings but don't mention if they also fit Forster. Wish the rings had flats or notches for a hook spanner though.

Hornadys are the best for normal presses but are a little smallish for a Co-Ax (though they do work). Split rings are vastly superior to set screws and sometimes the flats are useful for extra leverage.
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Old March 14, 2013, 06:54 AM   #38
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I have used them all.

I like dillon locking rings. they are simple and don't crowd out other dies in progressive presses because they are only 1 inch in dia.

...simply the best!
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Old March 14, 2013, 07:07 AM   #39
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I don't mind the Lee rings. But I've thrown away the o-ring in many of them and just use 'em as a standard lock nut.

When I take a die out of a press/turret it's normally to install it somewhere else and I'll be adjusting it anyway.
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Old March 14, 2013, 10:12 AM   #40
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I like the ones I have on my dies, The threads are 7/8”X14, If I fretted over the lock nuts I could purchase from an industrial type store etc. And the part where the set screw messes up the threads, in the big inning there was a small piece of lead at the bottom of the hole under the set screw. Back to securing the die, I secure the die to the press with the lock nut, I do not secure the lock nut to the die, I adjust my die every time I install one.

After securing the die to the press with the lock ring I verify the adjustment, while securing the die to the press I hold the die to prevent it from turning while securing the lock nut.

I do have a rubber dampening ring on a few dies, not my favorite, they came with RCBS competition seating dies, the dampening is on the micro adjust head, others have the detent adjustment, my choice.

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Old March 14, 2013, 10:23 AM   #41
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Hornady - used in conjunction with the Hornady quick change bushing system
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Old March 14, 2013, 12:12 PM   #42
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I've used every type of lock ring ever made but I haven't spent much time agonizing over which might be 'best', fact is they all work quite well if used correctly. But, IF I had to pick a favorite I suppose it would be Lee's.

Cases vary between brands and over their life so, like Guffy, I expect to set each die as I want it each time I use it. Adjusting a die really isn't difficult OR time consuming if you know what you're doing. Otherwise, I suppose something foolproof like the Forster or Hornady split lock nuts would do well.
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Old March 14, 2013, 12:46 PM   #43
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Hornady Sure-Loc gets my vote
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Old March 14, 2013, 03:49 PM   #44
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I use them all but I think the Lee's are hard to beat for alignment, headspace control and reduced neck run-out.
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Old March 14, 2013, 04:07 PM   #45
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F.Guffey does exactly what I do which is not use the setscrew on my die lock ring because I adjust my dies each and every time to Varify, let me clarify: I have not "set to forget" any die I've used because it's just not dependable, you fellas can, but I'm sticking with what got me here and that's that.!
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Old March 15, 2013, 03:33 PM   #46
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Use whatever you like, but I've found Lee's with the neoprene O ring to be first rate. Glenn Zediker who wrote Reloading for Competition recommended using Lee's arguing that they allowed the case/round to self center in the die...a little wiggle room as it were. Finished round run out on my 600 yd prone slow fire rounds is always less that .004"....important at that distance. Best Regards, Rod
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Old March 15, 2013, 03:48 PM   #47
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Hornady are the only rings I've used and they work well for me.
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Old March 15, 2013, 03:58 PM   #48
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Rodfac, are you sure he was talking about the lock ring, or the ram for the shell holder? Cause I (under the recommendation of another handloader) changed that C-ring out to an O-ring so my cases selfcenter in the dies.
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Old March 15, 2013, 05:42 PM   #49
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I use Hornady lock rings on every die set I own. They work great
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Old March 15, 2013, 07:40 PM   #50
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"Hornady are the only rings I've used and they work well for me."

With a range of experience like that, who could disagree?
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