Reloading Guide Part 1 - Selecting the right die set for your needs

Posted on February 22 2018

Reloading Guide Part 1 - Selecting the right die set for your needs


We're really excited about our new Lee Precision reloading range and over the next few weeks we'll be bringing you a guide to getting started with re-loading.
Reloading is a great way to save money and Lee Precision produce a great range of products to help you make what can be an expensive past time become cheaper. So today we're going going to look at where to start with reloading. The very first step is to select a die set and here is where you'll need to know what purpose the ammo is being used for.

For Rifle

Lee Pacesetter Dies and RGB series: Use these dies if you want to produce factory-dimensioned ammo that reliably fits and feeds in any gun. Full-length sizing is a must if you are reloading for more than one firearm or reloading cases that were fired in others firearms. Most Pacesetter dies include the

The Lee Collet Neck Sizing Dies: Use these dies for best accuracy, longest case life and no resizing lubricant. Only the neck of the case is resized the body is untouched so it retains the perfect fit to your guns chamber. Cases should have been fired in your firearm only and reloaded rounds are intended for use in just one firearm. 

If you intend to reload cases fired in others guns or you are reloading for more than one gun select the Ultimate Rifle Die Set. The Ultimate set includes a full length resizing die that allows you to restore any case to factory original dimensions so that you can fire form in your gun and then reload using the superior Collet neck sizing die. Ultimate Rifle Die Sets include the Factory Crimp Die. The Lee rifle Factory crimp die is the only effective way to crimp bottle neck rifle cartridges. Applying a Factory crimp will always improve the utility of the cartridge and in most cases it will also improve the accuracy.

For Handgun/Pistol

Lee Handgun Dies feature a Carbide Sizing Die. Carbide dies are simply the best way to resize straight walled handgun cartridges.
The Carbide Three Die Set works fine when using a quality controlled source of brass like cases fired only in your gun. More care is required when adjusting the bullet seat and crimp die as seating and crimping occur simultaneously.

When using mixed range brass or brass that was fired in other guns use the  Carbide Deluxe Four Die Set . The Deluxe Set includes the Carbide Factory Crimp Die. This die allows you to separate bullet seating from the crimping operation. It makes setup much easier and the die has the added feature of a carbide resizer that does a finishing sizing pass on the completed round. This final sizing guarantees that any case that passes through the die, will freely and reliably chamber in any gun.


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