223ai dies

Discussion in 'Reloading Forum (All Calibers)' started by Hoier, Oct 5, 2011.

  1. Hoier

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    Anyone have any feedback on the Lees?
     
  2. ReedG

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    I have a Lee Collet Die for my 223 AI and, like all my Lee Collet Dies, I love it. I have a Forster micrometer seating die.
     
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    ReedG,
    I was just on Lees site looking for a .223AI and I only could find .223 dies. Where did you find yours?
    Wayne.
     
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    Wayne, I got mine directly from Lee. Not sure if they list them on the site or not, but I didn't have to send in any cases or anything, just ordered it.
     
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    Thank you for the info Reed.
    Wayne.
     
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    Out of all of the hunting dies that I own, I'm not sure that I don't prefer Lee dies. No issues whatsoever. Can't say that about some of the others.
     
  7. Hoier

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    I see Midway has them in stock but my main question is: anyone have any problems with them?

    The 223 page says they make good ammo but I don't want them to fall apart after 100 rounds.
     
  8. ReedG

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    There have been LOTS of comments on this site about Lee Collet Dies. I have them in several calibers and have loaded 1,000s of rounds without a problem and never had one "fall apart". My .223 AI collet die has sized 2,806 rounds in AI about double that in standard .223.
     
  9. Hoier

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    Perfect, thanks Reed.
     
  10. Hoier

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    Can I use a 223 seated die for seating in the Ackley?
     
  11. ReedG

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    None of my .223 dies will allow the extended shoulder of the AI case go more than about 2/3 into the die. The AI dies will all work fine with regular .223 but not vice versa.
     
  12. Brute

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    Not used the 223AI dies, but have loaded thousands of 22-250 Ackley and .280 Ackley with my Lee limited production die sets without a hint of trouble. Graf and Sons had the best price awhile back when you figured in shipping costs. Might give them a look.
     
  13. Hoier

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    Thanks guys.
     
  14. waltersboy

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    I used the Lee AI dies for years in a 223AI benchrest rifle. I had the full set - Full length and neck sizer. Worked without a flaw.
    WB
     

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