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    Hornaday dies?

    My local only stocks hornaday and I like to shop local.
    They alright?

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    Quote Originally Posted by muka88 View Post
    My local only stocks hornaday and I like to shop local.
    They alright?
    Yep nothing wrong with them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by muka88 View Post
    My local only stocks hornaday and I like to shop local.
    They alright?
    Ive got a few different die sets, including competition sets, I have a few of the Hornady new dimension die sets (with the sliding sleeve on the seater die) they make just as good ammo as any of the others.

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    For whatever reason, my Hornady die sets require a lot more pressure to operate than any of my others. Not sure why, perfectly fine ammo...

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    I like my new dimension ones, very nice to use.

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    They do come with a internal protective coating that needs to be cleaned off before use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tetawa View Post
    They do come with a internal protective coating that needs to be cleaned off before use.
    I have them for 223/7mm08 cals, and found them to be really tight. I wonder if that's the reason.

    How'd you clean them ?

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    Did the same as you and bitched to the retailer, he said did you clean them first, no. Dissembled and used Brake Clean, problem disappeared.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Max Headroom View Post
    I have them for 223/7mm08 cals, and found them to be really tight. I wonder if that's the reason.

    How'd you clean them ?
    Also changed over to Imperial case sizing wax a few years ago, have also found that great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tetawa View Post
    Also changed over to Imperial case sizing wax a few years ago, have also found that great.
    Hmmmm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max Headroom View Post
    Hmmmm.
    Can you give yours a scrub and let me know how you get on please?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max Headroom View Post
    Hmmmm.
    Imperial sizing wax, do it, it's perfection
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    Quote Originally Posted by muka88 View Post
    Can you give yours a scrub and let me know how you get on please?
    Aye aye.

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    I gave my 223 sizing die a scrub and wash out with brake cleaner, and ran 30 or so cases through. Now they seem to get hung up on the expander ball and come out with a bang when they go past it, which hasn't happened before.

    I polished the expander ball in case that was the problem, but the same thing happened.

    I also increased the amount of case lube in case that was the problem. Still they stuck.

    Maybe I'm having a bad day, which right now wouldn't surprise me.

    In case I'm not, I don't recommend Hornady custom grade sizing dies.

    That said, I use the seating die from the same pack, as I'm told by John Herbert (Herbmeister to those of you from Sportshooter forum) that it does a really good job.

    I tend to mix and match dies these days, so I cherry pick from sets to do what I want.

    Lee - sizing/decapping die
    Hornady - seating die
    Lyman - M die (for belling the case mouth for flat base projectiles)
    Lee - crimp die

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    I never use expander balls in any of my dies these days. I expand with a K&M mandrel first then bushing neck die on outside turned cases to get precise tension. Before I arrived at this way of doing things seating projectiles seemed to require different force every time. Now they all seat just the same.

    I never liked dragging an expander ball back through my case necks.

    Just my way and I know there are a thousand answers to the same question in reloading, but this works for me.
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