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Old June 20, 2013, 09:07 PM   #1
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Lee .223 dies

Can't get my lee dies to adjust to seat at 2.200, any one else having this trouble? Closet I can get is 2.28 thanks
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Old June 20, 2013, 09:11 PM   #2
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Mine is about the same! It bottoms out and will not turn down anymore.
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Old June 20, 2013, 10:47 PM   #3
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Make sure the base of the die is close to touching the shell holder at the top of its swing. Lee has good customer service if they are defective.

I like my Lee .223 dies and I feel sure Lee will make it right if there is a problem.
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Old June 20, 2013, 11:06 PM   #4
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Can't get my lee dies to adjust to seat at 2.200
Why so deep?
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Old June 21, 2013, 12:04 AM   #5
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I have no problem with my Lee die seating 55 grain SP's to 2.20" OAL. What bullet weight and type are you having trouble with?
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Old June 21, 2013, 06:10 AM   #6
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40 and 50 grain V Max
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Old June 21, 2013, 07:17 AM   #7
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Yes the 40 gr v max everything else I seat at 2.250
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Old June 21, 2013, 08:30 AM   #8
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Closet I can get is 2.28 thanks
What press are you using them in??? It may be an issue of the press and not the dies. I have no problems at all with mine.

It is my understanding that some presses will not let the Lee or RCBS dies come down enough to be used properly.

Next question is are you using the correct seating stem for the bullet profile?

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Old June 21, 2013, 08:32 AM   #9
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I have a lee challanger
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Old June 21, 2013, 08:39 AM   #10
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They should work.

Place a resized case in the case holder with the die out of the press. Bring the ram all the way up. Start to turn you die onto the press till it just touches the case (do not worry about it touching the case holder, that is only for the decapping die). Then turn your seating stem almost all the way out.

Bring your ram back down and add a bullet to the case and bring your ram back up all the way, now start turning your seating stem down till the bullet just starts going into the case. Check each time with your caliper that you turn the stem down till you get the correct OAL. Be sure you are using the correct case holder (#4 I believe) and you should be able to seat your bullet without any problem.

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Old June 21, 2013, 08:48 AM   #11
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Don't take this the wrong way, I don't know how much experience you have at reloading. Are you using the standard Lee seating die? If so, do you have the die body screwed down so far that it could be crimping the bullet in place before it is seated as deep as you want? Lee instructions for their standard seating die says:
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Screw the bullet seating die in until you feel it touch the case mouth.
If no crimp is desired, back the die out 1/2 turn.
If a crimp is desired, turn the die in 1/4 turn.
Lee's dead length seating die doesn't crimp, so the instructions for it are different.

Edit: Jim posted while I was typing, but like he said, don't worry about the die touching the shellholder. It shouldn't touch.
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Old June 26, 2013, 09:08 PM   #12
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I have the lee dead length seat die and my instructions says for it to touch the shell holder and then turn 1/4 of a turn in think I will call lee to see if I'm doing something wrong
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Old June 26, 2013, 09:37 PM   #13
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V-MAX Bullets Need a Custom Bullet Seating Plug. Cost $8 http://leeprecision.net/support/inde...roduct-support
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Old June 26, 2013, 09:47 PM   #14
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V-MAX Bullets Need a Custom Bullet Seating Plug. Cost $8 http://leeprecision.net/support/inde...roduct-support

Explain??, I shoot V-Max and A-Max. Never needed any plug. RCBS single Stage press and Lee Dies.
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Old June 26, 2013, 09:55 PM   #15
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Follow the link. http://leeprecision.net/support/inde...t-seating-plug I cant copy/post what Lee said. Copyright. Yes light bullets 40 and 50 grain V Max

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Old June 27, 2013, 07:32 AM   #16
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243win--- Must be for just light Bullets. I seat 60 gn to 2.29.
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