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Old January 29, 2012, 01:56 PM   #1
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dies for 223 rem

I need a set of dies for my 223. I have always used rcbs and dillon dies. Are lee dies just as good, they sure are cheaper. I will be shooting a bolt action rem vs sf. I mostly shoot targets but every now and then a coyote. I neck size and full length when they get hard to chamber in my 22-250.
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Old January 29, 2012, 02:03 PM   #2
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For a bolt action the Lee Deluxe die set weill do everything you need for .223 Rem. My RCBS dies have been used twice in over a year. They still sit in my cabinet. The Lee dies do everything I need. The Collet die is worht its weight in gold. No case prep required other than the standard measuring for length, and a paper clip test for seperation. No cleaning or lubing required saves me time to do other things. Like loading for my hand gun rounds.

Note I bought the RCBS dies due to the fact that I did not have the Lee dies available at the time. I used the RCBS Small Base Die set twice for the week I was waiting on the Lee dies.
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Old January 29, 2012, 05:02 PM   #3
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You can get a Hornady and they send you 100 bullets. That is a 15.00 savings.
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Old January 29, 2012, 05:28 PM   #4
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I have a set of Lee Deluxe dies I bought new at our gun range swap meet for $10.00, I have a set of RCBS dies I bought in 1974 which are very well used and retired. I bought the lee dies a couple years ago and have found them to be excellent easy to adjust smooth as silk. IMO you can't go wrong with them.
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Old January 29, 2012, 07:25 PM   #5
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No problems with my 223 dies. Thousands reloaded.
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Old January 29, 2012, 07:57 PM   #6
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I own a Lee collet die.

It wears a Hornady ring. Lee rings are a bad joke imo.
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Old January 29, 2012, 08:41 PM   #7
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Thanks to all, guess I will have to try me a set of the lee deluxe dies.
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Old January 30, 2012, 12:47 AM   #8
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I have several Lee die sets, and for the most part they've been great. My only two gripes are the rubber ring on the bottom of the lock ring. I have no idea how far I'm s'posed to squoosh that thing down. For that, I always end up buying a set of RCBS or Hornady lockrings so they'll bottom out metal to metal. I'm probably the only guy in the world who worries over such an issue.

The other problem is the Lee .223 dies set I started out with leaves my shoulder set too long. Since it's the set I started out with- I thought the fault was mine and I just sucked at reloading. So I suffered with quite difficult to chamber (close bolt) rounds for several years. On a whim and rich feeling day, I ordered a set of RCBS's and lo and behold my length woes were cured. Bear in mind- Lee makes some great dies and I honestly think the chance of you getting a bum set like mine are very very remote.
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Old January 30, 2012, 08:42 AM   #9
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my gunsmith recommended the redding 223 dies and i have had ZERO issues so far.
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Old January 30, 2012, 11:40 AM   #10
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The Lee dies will work fine for a bolt action rifle. The Deluxe die set has the Collet die included with it.

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Old January 30, 2012, 11:14 PM   #11
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The Lee Deluxe set was what I bought and I have been satisfied with it
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Old January 31, 2012, 09:15 AM   #12
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You can get a Hornady and they send you 100 bullets. That is a 15.00 savings.
Yeah, but the .224 bullets are only worth about $10 and they charge $7 to ship the free bullets to you. So, for .224 bullets its only a $3 savings. It might be a bit more for some of the other bullets they offer in the deal, but not a whole lot..

I use a Lee set and don't have any complaints.
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Old January 31, 2012, 10:59 AM   #13
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For necked rifle calibers such as .223, I like a combo of Lee Pacemaker for their bullet seating and FCD die but then a Dillon resizing / decapping die. Dillon uses a carbide expander button on their steel resizing dies so that's better than the steel expanders in that I don't have to lube the inside of the case, but I like Lee's hand adjustable knurled knob on their bullet seater better than Dillon's wrench adjustable one. Best of all, the combination costs less than a full set of Dillon dies.

I don't use Lee's rubber o ring jam nuts but rather I buy packs of Dillon's 1" nuts so that I can use a 1" wrench on them.

For Pistol calibers, the Lee Deluxe Carbide 4 die sets are my favorite and they've given me great service for 10s and 10s of thousand of rounds with them.

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Old February 1, 2012, 09:42 AM   #14
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Like my Lees and that is all I have left at this time - sold the rest.
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