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Old May 24, 2019, 05:24 PM   #1
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Dies for 500 S&W Magnum

Hey all,

I just bought a 6.5" 500 magnum and want to get some dies for reloading. I usually buy Redding or RCBS dies for handguns and prefer the Redding dies overall. I have the Redding Titanium Carbide Dies for 460 Mag and while I love the quality of the die set, the sizing die is for 45 Colt/454 Casull and as such can oversize the brass to the point there is a noticeable reduction in the OD of the brass that I feel is TOO MUCH.

I contacted Redding and they said to only resize the part I'm going to seat the bullet in. My question is for folks who own the Redding dies for the 500: are you happy with the sizing die and does it exhibit the described behavior?

For anyone who has the RCBS dies: are you happy with them? I have been happy with most of the RCBS dies I have but a few sets I have I don't care for for different reasons.

Thanks!
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Old May 24, 2019, 09:38 PM   #2
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I use standard RCBS dies with mine. They work just fine and I am happy with all of them.
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Old May 25, 2019, 05:41 AM   #3
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Hornady dies here no issues mate..

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Old May 25, 2019, 12:36 PM   #4
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There should be no issue with Redding. They also have the best crimp die for heavy recoiling revolvers, IMHO, in their Profile Crimp die.

Partial resizing is a good option for case life, though you have to realize the heavy crimps needed will lead to mouth splits sooner than you see with some other cartridges.
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Old May 25, 2019, 01:41 PM   #5
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Thanks guys,

I got impulsive and ordered the Redding Titanium Carbide set on sale at Graf's.

I will post back a report once I receive the dies.

Happy loading.
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Old May 25, 2019, 02:20 PM   #6
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There should be no issue with Redding. They also have the best crimp die for heavy recoiling revolvers, IMHO, in their Profile Crimp die.
Does the combination seat/crimp die have the same feature as the stand alone crimp die?

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Partial resizing is a good option for case life, though you have to realize the heavy crimps needed will lead to mouth splits sooner than you see with some other cartridges.
I do understand the heavy crimp is going to take a toll on the brass. In the case of my 460 die set, I stopped using the Redding size die because even if i only size where the bullet will seat, it still ends up looking really weird and the brass is noticeably thinner even after seating the bullet.

I have reverted back to my RCBS Carbide 45 Colt die and haven't had any issues once I got the crimp sorted out. (Early on I wasn't crimping enough)
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Old May 28, 2019, 07:53 AM   #7
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I use RCBS dies on my 500. no issues.
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