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Old 01-09-2021, 02:01 PM
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Which brand of reloading dies have you found work well with your Model 14-3?

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Old 01-09-2021, 04:34 PM
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38 Special (includes 357 mag too) are made by every die company. My favorite are RCBS. Redding makes really nice micrometer adjustable seating die that are available separately (Very pricy), but not all that necessary. Many reloaders find that seating the bullet to length then crimping it gives marginally better results.

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Old 01-09-2021, 04:38 PM
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Use what you already have when possible.....Ivan was spot on ....any quality manufacturer of dies will do a great job. I too have used RCBS dies for many years with great results.

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Old 01-09-2021, 05:04 PM
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I would suspect that.38 dies are very popular with all die manufacturers and any would be sufficient.
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Old 01-09-2021, 05:21 PM
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If you're new to reloading, I'd suggest the Lyman dies with carbide sizing die. I suggest Lyman because the decapping pin is in a "top hat" that screws into the die. You can remove the decapping pin easily without changing adjustment. This comes in very handy should you find yourself pulling bullets (for whatever reasons) and starting the reloading process again. You can pull the top hat so that when resizing the primed case, you don't pop the good primer out.

While Lyman's patent on their expander die has expired and others (RCBS included) now use the design, it's nice to reward the originators of the better system.
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Old 01-09-2021, 05:33 PM
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Whichever brand you decide to buy, try to get a set that has a carbide sizing die. It eliminates the need to case lube. Most all Lee die sets for straight walled handgun cases have the carbide sizing die, as do some of the other manufacturers. The Lee die sets are by far the least expensive. I like RCBS too, though a set with the carbide sizing die will cost twice as much as the Lee.

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Old 01-09-2021, 05:35 PM
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Eeany, meany, miney, moe ..

Carbide is a worthwhile upgrade but beyond that, for most of us, they all get the job done.
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Old 01-09-2021, 05:44 PM
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If you're buying new, the best deal would be a set of dies (vs individual). I bullet seat and crimp in two separate steps, so I prefer the 4 die Lee set that includes their factory crimp die.
I also like using the powder through expander die for charging the cases.
FYI, die sets are more expensive buying direct from Lee Precision. Midway has better prices.

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Remember that you can also use 38 dies for loading 357 if you go that route. You just adjust them for the case size difference.
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Old 01-09-2021, 06:02 PM
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Buy the deluxe set with extra bullet seaters for nose types. They load 38 357 too.
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Old 01-09-2021, 06:17 PM
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I use REDDING-- for 38 and 357 -- sets for each in their own Redding turret. No adjusting. I find these works for any 38/357 I have or ever had, including my 14-3.

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Old 01-09-2021, 09:14 PM
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Mine started with Herter's, then RCBS. Finally went to Lyman. They all worked well. Whatever you buy, a stepped expander button is best.
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Old 01-09-2021, 09:23 PM
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I bought the Lee carbide 3-die set for my first ever handloads, .38 Special for a S&W 686-3. That was 1989 and I am still using exactly that set of dies. (And many more also)

I also like Ivan’s reply!
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Old 01-10-2021, 07:05 PM
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Thanks guys.

I went with an RCBS carbide set with RN and WC seating stems.
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Old 01-10-2021, 07:13 PM
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Good choice!
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