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Old December 21, 2001, 08:30 AM   #1
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.357 mag dies selection including cowboy

Does it matter which dies I pick to reload for my .357 Marlin carbine? I use a 3 die set for my .44 Carbine but wonder how the RCBS cowboy dies differ, as I will just be plinking. I had to phone 50 miles around to find anything; will I be happy with Hornady Ti nitrate dies? Still use lube with brass cases here right?
Thanks, Ed
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Old December 21, 2001, 09:19 AM   #2
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I think any name brand loading die will do you just fine.
I have no experience with RCBS Cowboy dies
but have loaded an awful lot of ammo on their regular dies, .357 cast and jacketed included.
Lyman is good, CH and Lee are OK. Redding has a terriffic reputation and I know a happy Bonanza user. I don't have any Hornady dies, but have read that the titanium nitride coated band in the sizing die serves the same purpose as everybody else's carbide insert - no case lube required.

I would get dies listed as .38-.357 so you could handle .38 Special brass if the need arose. Even if they are not marked for both, you can load Magnums with any Special die set I have ever seen, but not the other way around
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