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The old style decapper/expander rods in the sizing dies consisted of two parts. The rod itself was machined and the the decapping pin was a roller bearing that was staked into the end of the rod. The roller bearing worked well, but it will not ben...
You can clean your dies just like your firearm. Use a solvent like Hoppes #9 or BreakFree for cleaning, then lightly oil with LPS to prevent rust. To remove rust, spray the dies with WD-40 or dip in 30 weight motor oil, and buff them with 000 ...
PACESETTER 3-DIE SET Use these dies if you want to produce factory-dimensioned ammo that reliably fits and feeds in any gun. They are the first choice for semi-auto actions. Full-length sizing is a must if you are reloading for more than one firear...
Frequently, dies from one caliber may be used to load other calibers. Due to the locations of crimping shoulders, the operation may only work for dies of the shorter caliber to the longer. You may notice a label depicting the shorter die in your s...
Lee Dies of current manufacture (post Jan. 2002) have longer threads than previously manufactured dies. This was done for those who prefer to use our dies in other brands of presses that have thicker toolheads, turrets or castings. Unfortunately, we ...
The o-ring in the lock ring provides a friction fit between the lock ring and the die. Once you have the die adjusted to your satisfaction, hold the die with one hand and turn the lock ring down against the press frame (turret, tool head, etc.) finge...
The overall length (OAL) listed on the drawing is the SAAMI (Small Arms Ammunition Manufacturers Institute) specification. Most of the load data in Modern Reloading was supplied to us by the powder manufactures. One can exceed the recommended maxim...
There are a number of possible causes for overall length variation. One is the way it is measured. If you measure overall length from the tip of the bullet to the base of the case, remember to subtract the variation due to bullet length tolerance. Th...
Speed dies were discontinued in the late 90's. The Speed die does everything a 3-die set does by combining some steps, and by providing a removable carbide-sizing ring. When used in a single stage press, the Speed die is faster because one does...
If you purchased the Lee 22 TCM die set and and intend to load 22TCM 9R ammunition, you will need to have a custom bullet seating plug [http://leeprecision.com/custom-bullet-seating-plug.html] made.
We do not produce any of our own load data, it's all provided to us from the powder manufacturers with permission to reprint what was provided. All load data that was provided to us was included with the Instructions/Load Charts. We do not provide an...
If you return the broken decapper to the factory, it will be replaced at no charge. Be sure and include the type of die and what the caliber is. Our address is: Lee Precision, Inc. 4275 Highway "U" Hartford, WI 53027 Otherwise, You can order rep...
There are many reasons as to why a Decapping Rod may break and without us being there watching you reload, there's no way for us to positively diagnose what caused your Decapping Rod to break. The most common reasons being Berdan primed cases, milita...
Bullet run out is the cause of most reloaded rifle cartridge inaccuracies. Through testing, we have found that Collet sizing a neck to .001 inch under the intended bullet diameter gives the optimum amount of bullet pull with the least amount o...
No, unfortunately not. Standard product instructions can be found through the link below, however, no load data is included in this format. https://leeprecision.com/instructions.html [https://leeprecision.com/instructions.html] Restrictions placed o...
We have to make our shell holders to fit cartridge cases made on the large side of the manufacturing tolerance, but it's in the cartridge case manufacturer's best interest to make cartridge cases on the small side of the manufacturing tolerance (.01 ...
RIFLE The Pacesetter Rifle Die Set, which includes a full length steel sizing die (requires case lubrication), bullet seating die, factory crimp die, shell holder, powder dipper and load data. This set is recommended for assembling ammunition f...
Crushed case necks are usually a result of square bottom bullets, and not having chamfered the inside diameter of the case neck. This chamfer is what leads the bullet into the case without catching on it. Chamfer Tool P/N 90109 Available on ou...
While there can be many reasons for a case to be crushed in the reloading process, there are primarily two. The first is that the bullet seating die is not set properly. If the crimp shoulder is set too deeply, the case is crimped before the bottom ...
Our Lee Resizing Lubricant can be diluted to be used inside a spray bottle. The maximum ratio is 10:1, 10 parts water to 1 part lube.
We do not recommend polishing your brass before resizing it. The oxidation and soot act as a lubricant when sizing which will make it easier for you to resize your cases. Also, clean brass tends to gall or leave deposits behind, which will build u...
The first thing to do is make sure the Sizing Die is set correctly in the press. With the ram all the way up and the shell holder in place, screw the die in until it touches the shell holder. Lower the ram, and give the die an additional ¼ turn. T...
The head space in a resizing die is the most critical dimension and needs to be checked, and then verified by another person as a confirming check. Head space in reloading equipment is the distance from the base of the shell holder to a point i...
Some of our reloading dies are too short (not enough thread) for Hornady's Lock n' Load bushings. Calibers known: 380 Auto 10mm
The correct way to use the Lock Ring Eliminators and Breech Lock Bushings is as follows: The half moon cut out on the Lock Ring Eliminator/Breech Lock Bushing is meant as a stopping point to adjust your die in the Bushing, especially to release the ...
The Letter/Number stampings on our reloading dies are an internal manufacturing date code telling us when we made the dies. The Letter represents a month and the number represents the year, starting in 2000. For example A6 = January 2006, B6 = Feb...
We do not produce a smaller diameter decapping pin. The decapping pin on the expander rod of the die is .062" in diameter, which is the standard flash hole diameter of most ammunition cases made both in the United States and foreign countries.The un...
Our yellow powder dippers are made out of the HIPS (High Impact Polystyrene).
The red plastic powder funnel fits snugly inside the powder through expanding die. The outside diameter of the lower cylindrical part of our powder funnel is .60 inch, and the inside diameter of the funnel adapter in the powder through expanding die ...
We have received the suggestion of adding length to our dies to fit non standard press lengths. Our dies have 7/8 x 14" thread (industry standard). You can use other brands' lock rings, or simply invert the Lee lock ring when using our dies.
Steel cases can be reloaded with any of our Carbide dies, as long as they do not have berdan primers.
Round die box can be used to store individual dies, or a 3-Hole Turret.
Marks at the base of a cartridge are the result of the die doing its job, resizing the case. If a chamber is on the large end of the tolerance, the case expands to match it. The sizing die then has to push it back to specification. This rubbing resul...
CALIBER NAME SH # CALIBER NAME SH# 17 ACKLEY IMPROVED # 6 257 ROBERTS # 2 17 MACH IV # 4 257 STW # 5 17 REM # 4 257 WHBY MAG # 5 17-222 # 4 260 REM # 2 ...
The small drill hole is called the vent hole. It allows air and sizing lube to escape during the sizing process. If it was not present, the cases would most likely have marks that are called lube dents. The mark is cosmetic only and presents no safet...
STAR press Carbide Die Bodies only are available with 11/16" x 24 thread, specifically for the STAR loading machine press. Available in the following calibers, as of 10/12/2017: * 30 M1 Carbine = (2) Oversize * 32 S&W = (3) Undersize | (2) Ov...
Make sure you sufficiently lubricate the steel case with Lee Resizing Lubricant and it will not cause any premature damage to the dies. Most steel cases use a non-standard primer size, so please be cautious.
VIEW A HELP VIDEO ON HOW TO REMOVE A STUCK CASE * Heavy hammer * 3/16" drift punch * 3/4" wrench * 1/2" wrench   1) Leave the die in the press for this operation. Loosen, but do not remove the decapper clamp with a 3/4" wrench on the wre...
If you are experiencing issues with reloads chambering tight or not at all, make sure the die is making contact with the shell holder when you are sizing the case. The head space is set when the die and the shell holder make contact during sizing...
If you have a tight or undersized Shell Holder, you have two options. If you have a small hand grinder, you can try and modify the Shell Holder to fit, removing any interference. Or you can return the Shell Holder to us with a sample case and we c...
All of our presses [http://leeprecision.com/reloading-presses/], and just about all of our die sets [http://leeprecision.com/reloading-dies/], use 7/8"-14 threads, which is industry standard. The only exception will be some large rifle calibers use...