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Best Dies for reloading .223 cartridges?

I am thinking of starting to reload .223 cartridges. I have a Dillon RL 550B but will probably start reloading with the Lee single-stage press. Both presses use the standard 7/8 x 14 threads dies.

In your experience, which brand of .223 dies are easiest to use and most reliable? Would you recommend full-length sizer dies or small-base dies or both?

Please provide a link to the product on MidwayUSA, cheaperthandirt, cabelas, etc.

Thanks.
Thanks Eagle Scout.

I have used Dillon Dies (overpriced) and Lee Dies (unimpressive). I heard that RCBS makes very reliable products.

I have been reloading 9mm for 4 yrs with the Dillon SDB, 45 ACP for 6 months with the Lee Single-stage and Dillon RL 550B.

But I am just a new AR-15 shooter and a newbie .223 reloader. Are you sure competition dies are the way to start with (vs. regular RCBS dies)?

Hello "Anakin"!

I tend to use RCBS competition dies for my .223, .308, and .30-06 competition loads. With the micrometer adjustable seating die, bullet depth is very easy and precise to set. With these dies, I have NEVER had a failure to feed ammo in either my AR15, M1, M1MkII, or my M1A, thereby negating the need for a small base sizing die.

Midway link: http://www.midwayusa.com/find?userSearchQuery=RCBS+.223+competition+die

Good luck and good shooting!

ETA: Anakin, you may be a newbie, but you want to become competitive. These are expensive, but well worth the price. I have had three sets (.223, .308, & .30-06) for almost 24 years, and they are NOT worn out! Virtually anything you can do to your rifle or your ammo will make you a better shot, You will find that the slightest change in seating depth will not only impact the ability of the round to touch the lands, but it can have a positive or negative impact on cartridge pressures, which thereby affect the grouping! You may envision yourself to be "a mad scientist" with the precision, but your efforts and equipment WILL pay off!

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