Lee .375rug neck sizer... lets put pressure on them to make one

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  1. Eddie P

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    Lee don't currently make a neck sizer in .375 ruger, but I'm sure if enough of us ask for one they will start making it. I'm sure it can't be that hard for them to add it to the range. They already make all the other dies in this calibre.

    I have emailed them and they said that there are no plans to start.

    So can as many people as possible ask them to do so and see what happens?
     

  2. Bert the Turtle

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    They will probably make you a custom one. I am having them make me one for my 404. Costs more than off the shelf but at the price of brass I think it will pay for itself.
     

  3. Eddie P

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    I know they will, but the cartridge is becoming more common and as I live in the UK the logistics and price make it impractical.
     

  4. Grumulkin

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    Have both of you actually used Lee neck sizers? I used Lee Collet Dies quite a bit the main advantage to me being not having to lube cases to resize them. The novelty has worn off because:

    1. At times they don't size the neck enough leaving bullets loose in the case mouth.
    2. They don't bump the shoulder back so you'll need an additional body die to do that occasionally.
    3. They don't improve accuracy and in my 7mm/08 actually made it much worse when compared to full length sizing.
     

  5. Bert the Turtle

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    The collet die is no substitute for a full die set, but rather a complement to it. As you've mentioned, it doesn't bump the shoulder back.

    I've used the collet die for my 30-06 and it worked fine for making practice ammo. I haven't used it in an attempt to load precision ammo so I can't compare accuracy. But it is nice to be able to pick up used cases, deprime, reprime, charge, and seat a bullet without need for lube or cleanup.

    The intention for the 404 is for my practice loads. I use 300g 44 magnum bullets that Ive put through a corbin draw die to make them 423. The loads are low-recoil practice loads that don't cost much. Their purpose is short-range practice. I think time behind the buttplate matters and full-house 404 ammo is expensive even reloading. I think the collet die will work well for my intended use. Hunting ammo goes in new or once-fired brass, full-length resized.
     

  6. sestoppelman

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    The LEE collet dies that I have used do enhance accuracy in several guns. As noted they don't touch the shoulder so if you have a gun with real tight headspace it may not work too well, I have run into this a few times. You can keep squeezing down on the collet to tighten up the necks for bullet hold. One thing I do is rotate at least once when using collet dies and I set it where it takes some fair pressure to size it. I like the LEE collet die a lot and have fired some of my best groups with them. But for hunting rounds or tight chambered guns, I use conventional FL dies.
     

  7. Bert the Turtle

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    I'd like to follow up to my post from last year. I have received the die and it works very well for me. No lubrication, very easy on the case. I'll shoot a practice session and reload the cases without having to lube them or clean them. The die doesn't work the brass very much. I'm not keeping track of how many times I've used the cases but I am getting good case life. I should get around to annealing the necks one of these days.
     

  8. Shootist43

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    I just bought a 404 Jeffery and was looking for a Neck Sizing Die. If you don't mind sharing, how much did it cost you?
     

  9. Bert the Turtle

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    $160

    It is a 1 1/4 in die. Of course my press is 1 1/2 in, so I then had to get an adaptor made.
     

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