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I have a mix
Lee, Redding, Dillion, CH4D, RCBS
For crimping with cast bullets, I like the Lee Hangun Collet Crimp Dies, order directly from Lee, and the Redding Profile and Redding Taper Crimp dies.
Jacketed bullets like the Lee FCDs
I use Lyman M Dies and NOE Expanders.

BTW, the new Frankford Aresenal Hand Primer is a winner.
Have Lee and RCBS bench mounted primers that work well and a fleet of the old Lee Round Tray Hand Primers.
I really like the hand held Harvey Hand Deprimer
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Forster and Redding for the rifles because I think they are more precise and Dillon Carbide for pistols because they are easy to use and don’t stick.
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So what do you guys like for powder measures? When I got my own equipment, I started out buying an RCBS kit. I didn't like the powder measure though, so a few years later I bought a Lyman 55 as that is what I grew up using. They had changed a few things though & I was't overly happy about the changes. A couple years later my dad gave me a very old powder measure, the pre-runner to the Lyman 55 an Ideal Mfg model 5. It was the body & powder hopper were one single cast unit, which I wasn't crazy about either. I started looking at it & wondered if the metering cylinder from the #5 would fit in the #55 body. Sure enough it did. It metered much nicer & more consistently than before. A while after that I also noticed that the larger powder hopper from the RCBS measure might fit on the Lyman 55 body. It took just a little bit of sanding, but then it fit fine. I know have a "franken-measure".

This is like the one I grew up using.



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These are the left over parts from the 3 I used to make the one I use.

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Here is the franken-measure.

Franken - Measure - 3 by 11C1P, on Flickr

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When all I had was my Redding turret press, I was happy with a plain old Lee Pro Auto-Disk. I got a double disc kit so I could also load rifle rounds, and with the rifle charging die I could load a lot of .223 on that turret press. The Lee pistol die sets come with a powder through die so I could do a lot of pistol rounds too. It worked great.

I did start off with an old Lyman 55, but when I couldn't figure out a way to make it automatically drop powder I cleaned it up and sold it for more than I paid for it.

A few years ago I got a Hornady Lock N Load AP progressive that comes with a powder measure so that's what I've been using since.

But I use both presses, depending on what I'm doing.

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I started with a Lyman 55 too. Now I use a Redding, and have a Lee disc on my Dillon.
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I have several brands. RCBS, Lyman, Lee, Dillon, Redding. All do what they were purchased to do. I have no particular favorites.
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I've used Lee, Hornady, and RCBS. Of those I prefer the Lee. Easiest to use/adjust and work fine for my limited use.
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I use both Lee and RCBS

I like the Lee for handgun as mentioned earlier about the powder thru die feature

I do like the RCBS locking ring on the rifle dies though
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I own 5 brands of dies.
I bought Lee dies at first. Big mistake, the seating plunger keeps moving, because they dont have a lock ring.
Lyman dies work, but not great.
I have several sets of Dillion dies, they work well on my 550B.
I have several sets of Redding dies. Very well built and my favorite for benchrest rifles.
But my go to favorite are RCBS.
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I've been thinking about getting a hand priming tool, so I can trim cases and prime them in my lap while watching TV. Especially for developing loads, because doing that, I rarely run the progressive press all the way through a complete cycle, so it would be one less thing to worry about and also save time switching the press back and forth between large and small primers.

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I like priming while sitting with the wife while she sews. It's getting harder to find anything worth watching so we are ending up watching old movies a lot.

Oh, and I use all Lee dies. But my presses are mostly RCBS.
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I like priming while sitting with the wife while she sews. It's getting harder to find anything worth watching so we are ending up watching old movies a lot.

Oh, and I use all Lee dies. But my presses are mostly RCBS.
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Same with the movies also for us old T.V. series too.

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It's getting harder to find anything worth watching so we are ending up watching old movies a lot.

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Ain't that the truth. Everything they put out is trying to convert us to their sorry lifestyle.
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The Lee hand primer is just a shadow of the original, the lawyers must have worked them over, but it is still better than the RCBS tool I have.
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The Lee hand primer is just a shadow of the original, the lawyers must have worked them over, but it is still better than the RCBS tool I have.
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I'm just glad I was able to get one of the round ones before they switched. I'd also wager that although the square one may suffer due to lawyers it's better than using the press to squeeze them in. When I was a kid my 2 least favorite jobs when reloading were greasing the cases & resizing then putting in the primers. After my dad got the Lee auto prime, putting in the primers was one of my favorite. Of course nothing beat seating the bullet.

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Anything but Lee. I do have one Lee die that I use regularly for expanding necks for wildcats, but I have welded the expander stems to the collet nuts in that application.
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Thanks for all the good information guys. Right now I have two Lee presses and 308 and 300 winmag dies. Some RCBS I found at a garage sale and some Hornaday 223, 308 and 300 winmag dies. All my rifles seem to prefer the stuff I'm loading with the Hornaday. Not sure why. Same everything as far as components are concerned. Maybe I've just got them dialed in right and not so much so with the others.
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