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Looking to start reloading for my Loaded, this will be my first time loading for the M1A. I have a Hornady lock and load single stage press. I like RCBS dies and own several sets for different calibers. Is it necessary to purchase match grade dies? Gonna watch Tony Ben's reloading video again before I start.
 

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I've never had an issues with Lee, so I use them exclusively. Even when I load on my Dillon 650 ... I use Lee. They back up the accuracy of their dies, and I like the Factory Crimp die for every semi-auto cartridge I load.
 

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RCBS SB Dies
 

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Dillon size/trim die.
 
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Used a set of Pacific (what they used to call Hornady) dies almost 40 years ago. Used them until 5 or 6 years ago when my wife bought me a set of RCB .308 X dies (along with a set of .223 and .30-06 X dies, too.)
 
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Lee three die set. No complaints.
I get sub 1inch groups with my 700P and although I have not settled on a preferred load for my M-14, I get decent groups. I have thought about upgrading to Redding and probably will when I find a good deal on a set.
 

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Which Die set

Most of all my dies and equipment, of all my reloading calibers, are RCBS. For the 308 I use, in the following order, :
1. A RCBS, 30-06, FL die, without the decapping pin in place
2. A RCBS, 308 Win, FL die - with decapping pin in place
3. If needed, a RCBS S/B die with the decapping pin in place
4. A Redding Competition Seating die
4. A also load the 308 Win. on a RCBS, single stage, Rock Chucker Supreme
 

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Most of all my dies and equipment, of all my reloading calibers, are RCBS. For the 308 I use, in the following order, :
1. A RCBS, 30-06, FL die, without the decapping pin in place
2. A RCBS, 308 Win, FL die - with decapping pin in place
3. If needed, a RCBS S/B die with the decapping pin in place
4. A Redding Competition Seating die
4. A also load the 308 Win. on a RCBS, single stage, Rock Chucker Supreme
Why do you run a case through a '06 die first?
 

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I am using an RCBS SB 'X' sizing die and an old Lee 'floating' bullet seater die with an RCBS lock ring and different bullet seating depths marked with a permanet marker on the side of the die
 

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All my dies are Lee, except for one RCBS small base dies that I use for M14 and .308 Garand. Reason why is that LEE don't make small base die, last time I looked.
I love my Lee dies for sure; and my Reddings... RCBS #3
 

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use the 30-06 die first

This was a tip I picked up on this forum posted by member Phil McGraph. The purpose is to work the brass in stages so the process is easier on the brass and the reloaders arm. I does work and it has made processing the LC M/Gun brass MUCH easier and I feel it will extend the life of the brass (still in test stage).
 
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