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Hello all, here I am again begging asisance from the reserves of knowledge of you fine folks. I have just recieved as a gift, a lee speed die for .45 ACP, and have no intsrucions for its proper use, was just wondering if any one could help. <!--emo&???--><img src="http://beartoothbullets.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt='???'><!--endemo-->
 

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Snowman,

I have a Speed Die kit for the 44 mag. Rather than go into a lengthy explanation on how to use it, I highly recommend you shoot an e-mail to Lee Precision asking for an instruction sheet for your particular caliber Speed Die. They will gladly mail you an instruction sheet free if charge.

It will be better for you in the long run as you will have instructions in hand that you can refer back to while attempting to use the die. It has pictures too.

Just be sure to include your address in the e-mail.

[email protected]


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Thank you contender.

Just sent the e-mail. How do you like your speed die? Do you find any advantage over the standard die sets?
 

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Yes and No.

It is an interesting concept as far as a die unit goes. It works quite well and is fast. You only have one option to processing cases and that's in batches of course. You run through one operation with all cases and change the die to do the next.

The only idiosyncrasy with the die is that as a consequence of the design, you do not fully operate the ram on some operations. In other words, the ram travel is limited by the die adjustment. Be careful to recognize this once you start using it.

All in all, it's a good idea and is actually very useful for a portable setup especially. Some will prefer the 3 die sets naturally but this die has a place with some reloaders.

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Thanks again contender,

E-Mailed Lee on the 6th, they e-mail me back on the 8th, and recieved the instrution sheet on the 12th, along with a nice shiney new catalogue. just wondering if my guilt over the "free" instruction sheet should force me to order something from them! <!--emo&???--><img src="http://beartoothbullets.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt='???'><!--endemo-->
 

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On many an occasion I've ordered a thing or two from them like extra trimmer pilots and a sizing die or two along with some smaller items.

Sometimes I'm in a position that I only need a few small items from them and not enough to make the $40 minimums of some of the supply houses so I'll order direct.

As far as guilt, that's how Lee operates with customer service so I wouldn't feel guilty at all. If you need something from them order it, if not don't be concerned about it.

All in all, they are a good outfit to deal with. I just had a custom 357 Max trimmer pilot made up from them for $15 including shipping. Can't go wrong for that. Doesn't pay to make one yourself.

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I agree Lee is a great company, run by shooters.

I have found that the Spped die is sensitive to case length. Anyone else encounter this? Our experiance is with a .357 Spee Die set. Most .357 brass is under length.
 

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Yes, I have experienced this with my 44 Mag die. The design of the stem that accomplishes case belling is such that the cases must fall fairly close to spec lengths. Otherwise very little or far too much flair is accomplished.

Crimp can be adjusted however.
 
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