lee dies?

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  1. teddybaham

    teddybaham New Member

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    i bought and rcbs partner press and have been buying rcbs dies to go with it, but after finding a set of lee dies for .40 s&w in the bargain cave of cabellas for $20 i snatched them up. they look harly usedonly one of the dies looks to have been put in a press. anyways, my ? is when reading the manual it said only to use shell holders for that press/brand ect. to adjust the sizing die you raise the piston all the way and back off and a 1/4 turn down it should be in the correct position. will the lee dies work the same way in the rcbs press with a rcbs shell holder? plz enlighten my reloading newbie berain to the correct process. it didnt come with instructions, also there are 4 dies, one says 10/40 g8 is that the crimping die? h8 looks like the bullet seater. thanks in advance
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  2. sewerman

    sewerman New Member

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    i would go to the lee web site and post a question to the tech dept.
    i have had good luck with them answering questions in a day or so.
    sewerman
  3. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

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    With a Lee 4-die pistol set:
    The sizing die has the decapping pin in it.
    The belling die is open to the top, and the thing inside is funnel-shaped.
    The seating die has a piece at the top that you can screw up and down.
    The crimping die is open to the top and has a carbide sizing ring at the bottom.
  4. teddybaham

    teddybaham New Member

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    thanks, after looking closely i figured out what each was for.
  5. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

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    Teddy - You can use any kind of dies in any kind of press, The shell holders are all pretty much exactly alike except a few cosmetic differences. Lee dies and shell holders will work in RCBS presses and RCBS dies and shell holders will work in Lee presses.

    I have been using a LEE single stage press for about 35 years. I have Lee, RCBS, and Lyman shell holders. I have RCBS and Lee dies, and just ordered a Redding die. So basically, everything is interchangeable if they are standard dies!

    I hope I answered your question!
  6. AL MOUNT

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    Being a practicing moron..... :rolleyes:

    I saw the thread title and thought.......:eek:

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    hehehe:):D
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    AL - Yes and we miss him, on Jan 16 we celebrate Robert E. Lee day. It is a federal holiday, you know.
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