I have a RL550 and would like to get a set of .223 dies and start reloading for that caliber. I am experienced with reloading for handguns.
I note that the three-die Dillon set is steel and that one could order a full length carbide re-sizing die.
Any recommendations on die sets?
If it matters I am planning to load 62 gr. Bullets.
No matter on the bullet type or weight.
Don't waste your $$$ on the carbide dies. You will still have to use case lube regardless. the only advantage is the longevity of the die itself in interior dimension.
I have a close friend who is a commercial reloader - about 40-50,000 rounds per day at capacity. He said he replaces a steel FL resize die in 223.... every blue moon.
I would suggest and do like the Lee Factory crimp die better than the Dillon crimp die.
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I’ll second the LEE Factory Crimp die...I’ve been using the RCBS small based die for .223 and .308 for a very long time and with proper case lube I’ve never had an issue with them “wearing out” from use...same with LEE dies in 25-06 an .250 Savage.
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Thank you El Cid and Brisley. I will follow your advice.
If you are loading for an AR look into a small base die set to avoid feeding issues
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I think the Dillon rifle carbide dies lower the effort to resize if that matters to you.
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I also use the Dillon dies with the Lee factory crimp die. Great combo.
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