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Old July 11, 2012, 05:58 PM   #1
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Which 30-06 dies should I get?

Ive never reloaded for 30-06 before, just 7.5 swiss. I look forward to this, Im guessing its gonna be alot easier.

But which dies should I buy guys? Its a model 70 bolt action so I think I can get away with neck sizing only, right?
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Old July 11, 2012, 07:58 PM   #2
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Any top quality die will do the flavor will vary with each person. As it goes with all bottle neck brass sooner or later you will have to full length size as it gets hard to close the bolt on any rifle, depending on the charge for the result you seek.
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Old July 11, 2012, 08:06 PM   #3
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I like Hornady's sliding sleeve in their seater die. Their lock rings are great as well.

Properly FL sized brass will last as long, and be just as accurate as NS brass, plus they chamber easily every time.

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Old July 11, 2012, 08:52 PM   #4
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I've got a spare set of new RCBS FL dies
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Old July 11, 2012, 09:25 PM   #5
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I have no complaints about any of my Lee die sets. The 3-piece Deluxe rifle set gives you a collet neck sizing as well as a full length sizing die. That's a lot of bang for the buck. $33 at Graf's
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Old July 12, 2012, 05:59 AM   #6
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RCBS, is what I go to, for the 30-06. I use some Lee dies, but most I own are RCBS.
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Old July 12, 2012, 06:44 AM   #7
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I have 3 sets of dies in 30-06, redding, rcbs and lee. I like the lee collet sizing die the best and the redding seating die. The lee seating die seems to give me variation in seating depth I do not get with the redding. The lee dies do seem easier to adjust, perhaps some of the newer rcbs and redding dies are as well. I am really loving the lee collet die. I switched over to the hand press with bushings and I can reload much quicker and with much less mess. The run out is pretty consistent at less then .003. I will be switching to lee collet for 22-250 and 35 rem.
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Old July 12, 2012, 06:45 AM   #8
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I started with Lee dies for my .204, .223, .243, ,380 Auto, and .40 S&W - cheap and they seem to work ok I guess. But I decided to buy a set of Redding dies for my .223 AR15 and I was really impressed with the quality of these dies over the Lee that I bought a set for my .204 as well.

Originally I bought a RCBS for my .204 but hated the way the bullet seater set up so I took it back to Cabelas and ordered the Lee. I've never been happy with the results at the range with my reloads versus factory ammo. I have both .204 and .223 loaded up using Redding dies and will be heading to the range to see how these do.
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Old July 12, 2012, 07:18 AM   #9
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I have some rcbs and some lee, I don't see any difference in them. So save some money and buy the Lee dies.
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Old July 12, 2012, 12:28 PM   #10
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All of the above work well. My 30-06 dies are Herters. Does that ever date me. Like Mrawesome22, I too like Hornady's sliding sleeve in their seating die. It does a great job of lining up the bullet when seating.
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