Dies for lead 30-30

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by korny351, Mar 19, 2012.

  1. korny351

    korny351 New Member

    Mar 17, 2012
    Stockton, CA
    I've decided to dust off the old Winchester and reload with lead. Back when I loaded for it I was using RCBS steel dies circa 1974. My concern is that these dies offer very little in the way of flare and will result in shaved lead. RCBS catalog shows a 3-die Cowboy set aimed specifically at reloading with lead. Does anyone use this set? Does it perform as advertised? Anyone loading 30-30 with lead using the standard RCBS dies and do you have any issues doing so? Bullets to be used are 165 gr RNFP .309 dia.
  2. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
    I bought a Lyman M die in 30 caliber. Worked fine, and I could use it in all my 30s - 308, ought six, 7.62x39, whatever. It's just the expander die, but is made for belling for lead bullets.

  3. bntyhntr6975

    bntyhntr6975 Member

    May 5, 2009
    Wichita, Ks.
    The only cast bullets that I've loaded in .30-30 were a bevel-base 170g flat point so wasn't any concern with getting them in the case. They were given to me in a ziploc bag so no idea where they came from. I only loaded a handful and the rest (maybe 50) are around here somewhere I think.
  4. korny351

    korny351 New Member

    Mar 17, 2012
    Stockton, CA
    Without any feedback on the RCBS cowboy die set, I think I'll hold off and try what I have. If I run into any problems that die set is only a phone call and $60 away.
  5. cpttango30

    cpttango30 Guest

    Have you tried a lyman VLD case chamfer tool?
  6. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
  7. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
    I went to RCBS's site and looked at their cowboy dies. It's a 3-die set. They have, apparently, copied the Lyman M die and added it to their regular dies, making the "cowboy dies". Looks to me to be the only difference.
  8. Little Rooster

    Little Rooster New Member

    Oct 17, 2007
    Old Dominion
    I use the Lee expander die for many different applications. It's a handy die and well worth the 15 bucks it cost. It stays screwed into the tool head most of the time.

    My question, I don't cast. I want to load some .30-30 who do you reccomend for some cast bullets? I want to shoot steel targets Not deer
  9. korny351

    korny351 New Member

    Mar 17, 2012
    Stockton, CA
    Missouri Bullet shows RNFP bullets in 135 gr. and 165 gr. If you're already one of their customers you're go to go. I understand that they are no longer taking on new retail customers at this time. Mastercast Bullet also show a 165 gr. bullet but don't show a price. You'll have to email or call for pricing.


  10. quigleysharps4570

    quigleysharps4570 Active Member

    Aug 10, 2009
    I've got a bunch of 150 gr. flatpoint gas check bullets here at the house that I've cast...would send you a good sample if you'd be interested Rooster.
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