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Old 04-23-2012, 4:34 AM
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Default What is the best 3-Die Rifle set?

I am building up my inventory of dies for my rifles. I need the following calibers: 300 WM, 30-06, 308, 5.56, 6.5MM, 7.5MM, 8MM, 7.5 French and 303 British.

When I say the best I do not mean the most expensive, just the best all around.

I want to buy once and I would like a Full and a neck sizer and seater set (The set does not have to be from the same company, mix and match OK).

I looked at the Redding set and the Lyman Deluxe carbide set. The Lyman 3 die set at this time interests me the most since it does not need lube and the carbide pin can be used for FL die and Neck dies and it is about $57.

Please tell me your experience and thanks in advance.
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I own most the brands and IME they all do the job. I prefer Dillon's because of the way they come apart to clean. Even my least expensive Lee dies work great. If you're going to be full length sizing you're going to need lube even if the die is carbide.
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All my dies are Lee's and been happy with them. Lubes are used with rifle brass.
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I got rcbs and lee die sets. I bought my first few calibers in rcbs then I tried lee dies and never looked back. I've been completely satisfied with both rcbs and lee and with that being said I will save a lot of money and buy the lee dies.
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I use Dillon, RCBS & Redding. I like the built-in stuck case remover in the F/L Dillons.

Yes, you still gotta use Lube. I like the Hornady One-Shot.
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Except for a manufactoring defect I don't think there are any "bad dies".
Some may do better than others depending on your application.
I have 60+ year old dies made by "long gone" companies that still work fine.
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I use Dillon, RCBS & Redding. I like the built-in stuck case remover in the F/L Dillons.
Yep, that case remover is a nice feature. The newer Lee dies with that Easy-Xpander now also have it. Not sure if the others do, since I haven't yet tried them.

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One-Shot's gotten some bad press, and I think it's because of people not using enough of it. They spray maybe only on one side, not both, and yeppers, they get a case stuck. I spray both sides, I haven't had a case stick yet.
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I like Redding 3-die sets when buying the "sets".

But personally for rifle, I prefer to get a Redding FL S-Type bushing die and a Forster Competition Seater (with Micrometer). I stopped neck-only sizing along time ago. For bolt guns, I prefer to bump size with a FL die instead of just using a neck-only sizer.
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IMHO Dillon makes the best dies but they're expensive so I bought RCBS (all carbide). I use the hornady carbide expander ball in my RCBS FL rifle dies. Also I use their taper crimp rifle seating dies, love those. Taper crimp works the brass less.
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One-Shot's gotten some bad press, and I think it's because of people not using enough of itreading the instructions. They spray maybe only on one side, not both, and yeppers, they get a case stuck. I spray both sides, I haven't had a case stick yet.
I got one stuck. I reread the instructions & no problems.
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No lube is used with the Lyman carbide sizer for inside the neck, I use lube for the shells all the time.

All good info, can some one give me an example of a 3 die set they use. It can be for any caliber and any make. I like having the option of FL and Neck sizing since I have bolt and semi.

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