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Dillon Rifle Carbide Dies - Worth it?
« on: January 31, 2012, 10:35:40 pm »
I'm looking at Dillon rifle carbide dies.  They're right around $160+ for a set.  I was looking at RCBS, they're closer to $120.  Are the Dillon's worth the extra coin?  I know the steel dies are cheaper but everyone recommends the carbide.
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    Re: Dillon Rifle Carbide Dies - Worth it?
    « Reply #1 on: January 31, 2012, 10:51:48 pm »
    Depends-

    How much volume are you thinking here?

    The biggest plus-  The die mouths are very generous in the Dillon line of dies, making things run just a touch smoother.  Kinda like the difference between the ball vs. the roller end handle on the press.  Not needed.  But very nice to have.
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    Re: Dillon Rifle Carbide Dies - Worth it?
    « Reply #2 on: January 31, 2012, 10:59:21 pm »
    Since I have a bolt action, I'm probably not going to shoot more than 100-200 rounds at a time.  For the next little while, I'm probably going to buy factory ammo so I can start collecting cases to reload.

    I forgot to mention this is for a 308. 
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    Re: Dillon Rifle Carbide Dies - Worth it?
    « Reply #3 on: January 31, 2012, 11:00:49 pm »
    I was wondering what you were talking about. I don't remember my Dillon Carbide dies being that expensive, but they're pistol dies.
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    Re: Dillon Rifle Carbide Dies - Worth it?
    « Reply #4 on: January 31, 2012, 11:16:24 pm »
    Not worth it, IMO.  If you were shooting an M1A in competition once or twice per month, at 2-400 rounds per match?  Worth it.  Less that that? Probably not.
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    Re: Dillon Rifle Carbide Dies - Worth it?
    « Reply #5 on: January 31, 2012, 11:26:46 pm »
    So, in my case, the Dillon Steel dies will probably be good enough.  I guess when I get to the point when I shoot more, it'll be worth it to go carbide.  And I'm assuming that if I use One Shot, I shouldn't see much of a difference in operation.
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    Re: Dillon Rifle Carbide Dies - Worth it?
    « Reply #6 on: February 02, 2012, 03:16:43 am »
    Everyone that I know that uses Dillion Dies has them for high volume pistol loading in Dillion presses. They universally love them, but all of them use RCBS, LEE, Reading, or Hornady for rifle.  The low volume doesn't justify the added expense.  The lone exception is the one guy I know with a M1919, MG21, and a few other toys with a giggle switch.
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    Re: Dillon Rifle Carbide Dies - Worth it?
    « Reply #7 on: February 02, 2012, 11:17:37 am »
    I know a guy who owns 30+ machine guns, between Form 4 and dealer samples. He refuses to run reloads in his full autos. One squib or one high pressure round could destroy thousands of dollars of irreplaceable property.
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