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    Quote Originally Posted by Philmo11 View Post
    While we are on the subject, I need about 11 die sets. What do you guys think about Lee Deluxe 4 die sets?

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    Includes Carbide Full Length Die, Bullet Seating Die, Powder Thru Expanding Die, Carbide Factory Crimp Die, Universal Shell Holder, Powder Dipper.

    7 die sets for around $350, will knock out a chunk of what I need. It’s be see some folks using the Lee factory crimp dies along side with other brand dies for the rest of the process. Didn’t know if there was a quality issue or if it had something to do with the O ring used for setting the dies instead of set screws or what the deal there was.

    Looking at this Hornady set for 500 Magnum
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    Personally, the only time I use Lee or Hornady dies is when I am buying dies for a newer cartridge that RCBS or Redding has not come out with dies yet. Thus I have Hornady dies for 450 Bushmaster and Lee dies for 6.5 Grendel. I have long since replaced the Lee 6.5 Grendel with Redding dies, and I do not load a lot of 450 Bushmaster, so I decided to just tolerate the Hornady. As for the Lee factory crimp dies, they seem to function okay, but I do not find them to be a need at all; I bought a couple to see if they were of value a year ago. The o-ring system on Lee dies is less than desirable in my view, and when I have used their dies I replace the o-ring jam nuts with some RCBS jam nuts that lock in place better. Hornady dies are sort of gimmicky, in my opinion, and I do not like their bullet seating dies at all (no need for moving parts inside), nor do I value their quick adjust decapping rod jam nut. There is no need to rush that adjustment with easily stripped threads. I know lots of folks appreciate both Lee and Hornady dies, and I respect their opinion, but I do not hold the same opinion. Yeah, I know RCBS and Redding are more expensive...
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    As for keeping track of brass. I shoot on dirt no grass. I also use a coal ash tin i lined with rubber roofing i sit next to me. When shooting off a bench to catch the brass that throws far like 10mm. Another trick is i have a portable gazebo i set up. And i attach a small tarp to the side and back to stop brass when im going to be doing a lot of standing shooting. Caldwell makes a brass gathering gadget too. Not sure how well it works. [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
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    Starting from S&W Shield .380 EZ, this thread has migrated all the way into reloading......and the home shooting range. We never stray from a topic do we?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AgedWarrior View Post
    Starting from S&W Shield .380 EZ, this thread has migrated all the way into reloading......and the home shooting range. We never stray from a topic do we?
    speaking of which, where we left off was after 350 rds, we were still having a few malfunctions. I installed the new mag springs and the last 8 magazines have emptied with one malfunction. When the last round went to chamber in the second mag we tested, it nearly threw the round out of the chamber. It was caught by the rim, sticking straight up out of the top of the gun. It may have been a fluke as it only happened the one time, but it is running better but not perfect.

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    My new Ruger mk4 does that after it gets heated up. About 6 mags in. It will start to stove pipe. Im hoping it's just a break in thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Philmo11 View Post
    speaking of which, where we left off was after 350 rds, we were still having a few malfunctions. I installed the new mag springs and the last 8 magazines have emptied with one malfunction. When the last round went to chamber in the second mag we tested, it nearly threw the round out of the chamber. It was caught by the rim, sticking straight up out of the top of the gun. It may have been a fluke as it only happened the one time, but it is running better but not perfect.
    Hopefully it will improve as you run it...break it in good.
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    Phil have you purchases any reloading books yet?
    A few good ones are if you have not are.
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    Lymans 50th. [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
    And Lymans 4th cast and 3rd it can be found still. It data the 4th does not have, [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
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    I am going to move the reloading to a new thread under the reloading board. For continuity, I may copy some of this info over to the new thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AgedWarrior View Post
    Hopefully it will improve as you run it...break it in good.
    Me too. She is pretty proficient with this gun. The smaller ones, not so much.

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