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Old December 16, 2001, 02:09 PM   #1
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What tools for dies on a progressive?

Hey guys!

So after futzing with my 5 station XL650, I am having a tough time making wrenches/pliers/visegrips, etc, fitting in the cramped space in order to adjust the dies and lock down the lock rings without gouging the heck out of my locking rings.

Made me wonder, is ther an easier way or is this just always a PITA?

So the question is:

What type of tool do you use to adjust and tighten down your dies? Crescent wrench, open-end wrench, all-in-one-tool, self-adjusting pliers, pipe pliers, vise-grip, something else?

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Old December 16, 2001, 03:29 PM   #2
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The Dillon Bench Wrench does better than regular hardware but is still not great. I wonder if you could get a real deep socket that would go over the whole die body.
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Old December 16, 2001, 04:44 PM   #3
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One thing that has helped me is a Vise-Grip Crescent wrench. You run the crescent down to a snug fit, then squeeze the handles for a better fit.
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Old December 16, 2001, 06:59 PM   #4
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Deep sockets, slip-jaw pliers, moaning and bitching...........
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Old December 16, 2001, 08:29 PM   #5
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The Answer!

I had the same problem with my PiggyBack II from RCBS.
I called their Customer Service and they sent me a special
tool that they have.
It is sort of like a Spark Plug Wrench
Deep and thin walled.
With a lever hinged into the top
So you can crank it.
It works PERFECTLY......

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Old December 16, 2001, 10:30 PM   #6
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I assume since these dies are a lthe same size that the RCBS tool will fit my lee and dillon dies?

I think I shall be contacting them green boys!

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Old December 17, 2001, 09:27 PM   #7
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That's the reason that I stopped using Dillon seating dies. I use any brand which has an insert which adjusts the seating depth. The dillons were just too much trouble. I would like to have one of the special wrenches that RCBS sent renaissance7697.
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Old December 18, 2001, 09:27 AM   #8
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i got one of the RCBS wrenches the other day and was initially dissappointed with it because dies are so close together that is a set screw or something was sticking out that it would not go down completely----However now i've found that if you can get it cocked over one side or the other it works good....Dick
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