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  • #16
    Greyhawk50 gave good advise. I also have Imperial sizing die wax and I like it but I found another lube that is much cheaper and works as well.

    Grease Automotive and Artillery GAA is a synthetic military grease you can get at surplus places and even ebay.

    Grease Aircraft Wide Temperature Range WTR is also a synthetic military grease from same sources.

    Both are light tan and wipe off your hands with paper towel. I apply it with fingers the same way I use Imperial. I have bought 8 lb cans of it for 6.00 and if you are reloading I figure that should last you about 120 years.

    On the bottle neck dies I have about 65 sets and I have had found about 15 of them did not size enough to bump back the shoulders. The fix is to get someone with a lathe to remove about .010" from the bottom of the dies. I have dies from about six manufacturers and the condition is not restricted to one manufacturer.

    The secret to long brass life is don't overwork your brass as the more you move it resizing the shorter the life of the case.
    Distinguished Rifleman High Power , Distinguished Rifleman Smallbore Prone, Presidents Hundred (Rifle), Palma Teams Member (2), Dewar Teams Member (2), Member 4 Man National Championship Smallbore AnySight Team, Certified Small Arms and Ammunition Test Director Aberdeen Proving Ground , Eagle Scout, AC4HT, NRA Benefactor Member, Firefighter I, Shriner

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    • #17
      I have reloaded for over 40 years and loaded up just about everything under the sun. RCBS has been my main stay with some specialty dies from Hornady and Redding Personally Lee I stay away from due to past issues with dies and powder scales. All in all they all make quality tools but RCBS has been the one that what ever you need/want is pretty much available every where.

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      • #18
        I have an RCBS RC VI and a DILLON PRECISION 550;. I got my RCBS new and the Dillon used, both are used for separate applications. I use a Frankford Arsenal stainless steel tumbler wet bath , deprime, retumble. Then start from there. pistol and high volume rounds (.223 .308) get to go to the Dillon, assorted rifle get loaded on my RCBS.

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        • #19
          I am reloading REM 223 and have a question regarding 414 powder. There is not any loading data for H414 using 55 grain 223. I have used 414 in loading 6.5 Swedish and have some left over. What's your thoughts on using H414. Safe if loading light charges or stay away from it??

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          • #20
            Sorry Defcon, my mom had a stroke so we've (family) have been dealin with that. I'l look for tomorrow .

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Armyjimbo View Post
              Sorry Defcon, my mom had a stroke so we've (family) have been dealin with that. I'l look for tomorrow .
              No worries Army. Been there with my father many years ago. I wish you all the best.

              I went ahead and bought H335 but if you do run into data using 414 I'd like to look at it.

              Thanks.

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              • #22
                All my empirical data GOOGLE says its to slow to work with 55 gr , lowest weight is 63 . Even then it's a lower velocity round. I'm using a DA 8208 a cdn made version of XBR 8208 in both .223 and 6.5 grendel . I just got 5 lb at under 180 cdn which is about the cost of 3 ind #'s.

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                • #23
                  With the price of ammo today if you can find it! 9x19 mm pistol rounds will cost you about $1.00 per round. That is target 115 gram fmj rounds. Ido my own for under 47 cents esvh. I use 124 and 147 gram wd cutters. I now train only with rounds I will use in any fight. I do want to try the new 185 gram defense found that is out. Saw it advertised st our monthly gun show last month. If they can push a185 gram round at over 1250 fps I'll be solded.

                  Shotgun several you tube videos have come out with new slugs. Some are very nasty and best 500 series armor. Class IV. Well that is all I have in 2021. Be safe.

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                  • #24
                    nobody has primers. The ammo companies are using all of their primer production ability to make loaded ammo, cause they make more money that way. If people keep buying 9mm and 223 at these ridiculous prices, we'll never get any ammo, unless some are imported, which Biden will doubtless block. I'd pay 10x apiece for 10,00 each small pistol and rifle primers right now.

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                    • #25
                      I tried using H414 in 308, decades ago. the stuff was so filthy that it jammed up my M1A in 20 rds. BEWARE

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