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Old August 27, 2008, 06:42 PM   #1
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my new .45 carbide die

My friend just gave me a 3 set RCBS carbide die that his g-pa gave to him. Looks brand new. I cleaned it anyway. So is the only difference is I don't use lube on the cases? Any other tips or things I need to be aware of with the carbides? Will be using it for my .45ACP. Thanks.
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Old August 27, 2008, 06:45 PM   #2
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No lube. Just set 'em up and use 'em.
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Old August 27, 2008, 07:23 PM   #3
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Careful. With steel dies (at least my Speers) you screw the sizing die down til it touches the raised shell holder, than lower the arm and screw it down another 1/4 to 1/2 turn. Don't do that with carbide dies. In fact, back off a touch. No give in the carbide, and you can break them. And right, no lube.
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Old August 27, 2008, 08:15 PM   #4
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Only the sizing die is carbide steel, the rest are likely the same as what you already have.
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Old August 27, 2008, 08:39 PM   #5
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Actually the only difference is a carbide sizing ring inserted into the bottom of the sizing die.
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