The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The Skunkworks > Handloading, Reloading, and Bullet Casting

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old January 31, 2001, 08:56 PM   #1
Swamp Yankee
Senior Member
 
Join Date: November 26, 2000
Location: Northeastern Ct.
Posts: 1,013
I recently purchased a new set of RCBS Dies. What happened to the split locking ring? The nut with the brass set screw just doesn't cut it. For the time being I've cannibalized the lock rings off an old set of infrequently used dies.
I've checked catalogs and websites but have not had any luck in finding replacement locking rings. Other than buying old used die sets, do any of you good people know a source for the old RCBS Locking Rings?
As always thanks in advance for the responses.
Swamp Yankee is offline  
Old January 31, 2001, 11:16 PM   #2
dick w. holliday
Senior Member
 
Join Date: January 13, 2001
Location: NC
Posts: 589
split rings

i like you do not care much for the brass set screw. after a few good tightenings their history. i think someone told me sometime back to replace the set screw w/steel one and put a lead shot pellet under it. that works OK..Dick
dick w. holliday is offline  
Old February 1, 2001, 07:43 AM   #3
WESHOOT2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: February 20, 1999
Location: home on the range; Vermont (Caspian country)
Posts: 13,914
The Forster/Bonanza Co-Ax rings work perfectly; about $3-4 from Midway.
__________________
.
"all my ammo is mostly retired factory ammo"
WESHOOT2 is offline  
Old February 1, 2001, 10:51 AM   #4
MADISON
Senior Member
 
Join Date: January 1, 2000
Location: Roanoke, Virginia
Posts: 2,678
Die Rings that Work

Over the last 30 years of reloading I have used the RCBS/Lyman style that relies on a piece of lead shot to hold the die in place. Also the round split ring. The one I like best is the current HORNADY. There are people who will sell you these ring for $2.00 each.
MADISON is offline  
Old February 1, 2001, 06:29 PM   #5
Shawn Dodson
Junior member
 
Join Date: December 16, 1998
Location: Titusville, FL, USA
Posts: 1,030
I replaced the brass set-screws with steel ones from the hardware store on a few of my RCBS dies. Works okay. The wrenching flats on the brass set-screws stripped whenever I tried to tighten them enough to hold the lock nut in place.

I intend to replace all my RCBS set-screw lock nuts with Hornady split-ring lock nuts. They're not cheap, about $2.55 each, plus shipping. They can be ordered from Hornady's web site.
Shawn Dodson is offline  
Old February 2, 2001, 09:51 AM   #6
ChrisW
Member
 
Join Date: January 31, 2001
Location: Ohio
Posts: 44
I too replaced all the brass set screws with allen head screws. I had to go to a speacialty store to find them, but bought enougt to last me when I start buying more dies for different calibers. I spent like $.15 each and bought like 25 or so. I have been using them now for 4 years and they work great.

ChrisW
ChrisW is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:40 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2013 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: thefiringline.com
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.07886 seconds with 7 queries