lube / carbide dies

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  1. USMCSpeedy

    USMCSpeedy Member

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    I like to lube every 4th or 5th case when using carbide dies. Its not needed but it sure keeps things working smooth.
  2. JohnTheCalifornian

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    I have a set of Dillon Carbide 357 Sig dies. I don't lube those. And that's a bottle neck cartridge and they go in and out of the die just fine.

    Dillon's carbide rifle dies still require lubing... so I see no advantage to having those if your cases still need to be lubed..
  3. cpttango30

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    Carbid rifle dies are for guys that are running a 1050 and cranking out 2k rounds in a loading session. They are for HIGH volume rifle shooters as the carbide doesn't wear as fast as steel. So I have been told.

    Or

    They are for the guys with "Have Money am Stupid" and just like to throw around that their rifle dies are $150 a set because they have to have the best.
  4. soundguy

    soundguy Well-Known Member

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    i guess if I was rich.. and did want the best.. and could get die sets for 5x the regular cost.. that would be cool.. for now I guess rcbs 30$ die's are fine with me.. :)
  5. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

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    I think that even if I were rich, I would still use RCBS or LEE dies. In my opinion, they are just as good as the $80-100 set of dies.
  6. soundguy

    soundguy Well-Known Member

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    i saw somw dillon bench rest dies at a show. rices scared me so bad I didn't even want to touch the pretty blue boxes.. ;)
  7. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

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    Amen to that. I went over to the Dillon section at the shop a little while ago, looking for a stand. All I could do with the dies was stare at it and it's price tag, and my local shop is very cheap compared to other shops in this area!!
  8. soundguy

    soundguy Well-Known Member

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    i may be a bottom feeder with 2 single stage presses and mostly used dies I buy at shows or trade for.. but I like having cheap fun when I can :) cuz.. plenty of the rest of it ain't cheap.. :)
  9. DBMJR1

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    I've reloaded thousands of .38's on a single stage Lee Breechlock, using RCBS carbide dies. I don't lube those cases.

    When I re-size .357's, sometimes I'll spritz a bit of lube on them, just to make it easier.
  10. soundguy

    soundguy Well-Known Member

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    can't wait to try..
  11. dbach

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    The way I understand it.

    Straight wall pistol brass and carbide dies ..... case lube optional.
    Rifle brass and steel dies ..... case lube required.

    I have never seen carbide rifle dies. Please understand that I did not say they don't exist. I said I've never seen them.

    Tell someone something is not made and sure as the world, someone will show you one. Happens every time.
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