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Old September 28, 2000, 06:29 PM   #1
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I'm ready to purchase some dies to reload 9mm and 40 S&W on my Dillon 550. I've been looking at Hornady or Redding titanium nitride 3-die sets or the LEE carbide set. Someone also highly recommended the LEE factory crimp die. Does the LEE 3-die carbide set come with that die or do I have to buy it separately? Also is there advantage to going with the TiN over the carbide? I won't have to lube the pistol cases with either, right?
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Old September 29, 2000, 07:15 AM   #2
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The Lee Carbide Factory Crimp die is a separate die, and worth the money.

Neither choice requires case lube. I haven't any Redding TiN dies, have the Hornady's (and Dillon, Lee, Lyman, RCBS).

The Lee dies are decent and very inexpensive. The Lyman 4-die sets are best for single-staging. The Hornady dies feel 'smooth'. RCBS dies seem more difficult to adjust. Dillon dies have large mouths for easy progressive loading.

I have numerous Redding Profile Crimp dies, and if their regular dies are of similar quality (which I'm sure they are) they should be superb.

But I have at least two Lee sets for every caliber I load...

"All my ammo is factory ammo"

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Old September 30, 2000, 04:37 PM   #3
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Redding reloading dies use a ring of Titanium Carbide instead of the typical Tungsten Carbide to do the actual sizing operation. Redding claims titanium carbide has a rounded grain structure that results in a smoother, slicker finish than tungsten carbide. I use their Pro series for 45 ACP, 41 Magnum, 44 special and 32 H&R Magnum. The Pro series comes with the Profile Crimp die and seperate seating dies, and I use a Lyman "M" die for the expanding operation.

TiN usually refers to Titanium Nitride, which is used as a coating on drill bits etc as well as steel re-loading dies. It's supposed to have all of the benefits of using a carbide insert in the sizing die [no lubing etc], with the benefit of being able to do tapered and bottle-neck cases as well as straight case calibers. The TiN coating is available from CH4D for dies you already have, standard dies from CH4D and they also do custom dies.
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