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Lee Bullet Sizing and Lube Kit



Revised 2011-08-31

2010-06-19

Fit and finish is very good.
Threads work easily and very smoothly.
Internal polish of the swage section is quite smooth but not highly polished.


.356 die
158 gr Semi Wadcutter
  As-cast First Pass Second Pass
Front band .358 .356-.3565 .356-.3565
Middle band .3585 .356-.3565 .356-.3565
Base band .358 .356-.3565 .356-.356
       

.357 die
158 gr Semi Wadcutter


  As-cast First Pass Second Pass
Front band .358 .357 .3565-.357
Middle band .3585 .357-.3575 .3565-.357
Base band .358 .357 .357-.3575
       



.358 die
158 gr Semi Wadcutter

Unsized, as-cast 158 grain semi wad cutter measures
(Different mold than used for the above two dies. I needed a larger bullet to test the .358 die.)

  As-cast First Pass Second Pass
Front band .3601-3612 .3575-3576 .3575-.3575
Middle band .3600-3602 .3575-.3576 .3575-.3576
Base band .3601-3615 .3575-.3581 .3575-.3576
       


The base punch measures .352 for all three dies of the .35 caliber dies. They are interchangeable.


.401 Die

Lee TL401-175-SWC
  As-cast First Pass Second Pass
All bands .401-406 .4010-.4015 .401 - .4015
The bands are too narrow for me to measure them individually      
       
       


The base punch measures .397.


.452 die
200 gr Semi Wadcutter

Unsized, as-cast 200 grain semi wad cutter measures
  As-cast First Pass Second Pass
Front band .4525-4533 .4517-4519 .4517-.4518
Middle band      
Base band .4530-4539 .4516-4520 .4515-.4519
       

The base punch of the .452 die measures .449




.311 die
170 gr Lee gc

Unsized, as-cast 200 grain semi wad cutter measures
  As-cast First Pass Second Pass
Front band* .3122-.3126 .3105-.3109 .3105-.3106
Middle band .3122-.3126 .3105-.3109 .3105-.3107
Base band .3122-.3126 .3105-3109 .3105-.3106
       

The base punch of the .311 die measures .3034-.3036

* Actually two bands too close together to measure separately.



Functionality.


For the sizing operation, this thing is excellent. Only a single stroke. There is no ejection stroke and you do not have to catch the ejected bullet. There is a slight fly in the ointment here. It is necessary to remove the die from the press to remove the last two or three bullets. This could be remedied by preparing a two inch brass punch from an 1/8" brass rod.

Every thing you need is in the box. Size die,  bottom punch and the lube and a very effective bullet "catcher" to hold the ejected bullets. It will work with virtually any reloading press and no shell holder is needed.

The first bullet through the due was sized dry. No lube. It took a significant amount of force. After that they were much easier. Most users of these dies apply some form of lube to the bullets before sizing. I prefer Imperial Sizing Wax for that purpose but rarely use it. I prefer to size dry.

 

 

 
 

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