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Old December 15, 2001, 10:36 PM   #1
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Lee sizing die too small for Dillon???

Hey guys!

I just set up my new XL650 for 45LC and the lee sizing/depriming die will not lower enough to touch the shell-plate without having the locking ring come off the top of the die!!!

In other words, I have only two choices:

1) not use the locking ring
2) have the sizing die stop about 4mm above the shell plate, leaving the last 6-7mm of the case unsized.

Do I need to buy a new set of dies?


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Old December 15, 2001, 11:20 PM   #2
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Thinner lock rings might do it, like Lyman.
I have heard of folks putting the lock ring *under* the head plate to use Lee or other dies on Dillons.
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Old December 15, 2001, 11:58 PM   #3
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You may use LEE dies in XL650; install locking ring under tool head.
Recommend LEE (without O-ring) or Dillon locking ring.
"all my ammo is mostly retired factory ammo"
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Old December 16, 2001, 12:36 AM   #4
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Lock ring on bottom works fine.

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Old December 16, 2001, 02:00 PM   #5
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Excellent idea!!!

You guys are life-savers!


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Old December 17, 2001, 11:33 AM   #6
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That is what you do!

Use the o-ring. They work. Lee came out with this on their first dies. A few years ago in Precision Shooting, using an o-ring under the lockring was recommended on other brands of dies, interestingly enough, this was after great claims by Lee to the accuracy of ammo reloaded with their dies.
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