jschlank
jschlank
1 post
Joined November 2016

Redding 3 die set for 45-70

Dillon doesn’t make dies for 45-70 but sells a Redding three die set for that caliber. I saw a thread somewhere else about problems with using these dies so I thought I’d explain how I set them up. Hopefully, this will help someone else.

I reload with a DL550B and bought the REDDING COMPLETE THREE-DIE SETS - SIZE, BELL, SEAT Stock Number: rctdssbs for 45-70, stock# 12700. I also bought the caliber conversion kit and a powder die. The first two positions were straight forward:

POSITION#1: decapping/sizing die.

Position#2: I replaced the Redding expander die with a Dillon powder die with funnel/belling from the caliber conversion kit. I set aside the Redding expander die thinking I wouldn’t be using it.

The seating/crimping die was for position three. I got the seating part of the die adjusted okay but I couldn’t get the crimp part adjusted properly. I called Dillon and asked for advice. I don’t remember the gentleman’s name but he gets all the credit for how the problem was solved:

POSITION#3: I took the stem out of the expander die, setting it aside, and replaced it with the stem from the seating/crimping die and only used the die for seating.

POSITION#4: Crimp die with its stem removed was used only for crimping.

Back to 4 dies in my 550 as usual and the three Redding dies now worked like three Dillon dies would have worked had been any available.
DubfromGA
DubfromGA
36 posts
Joined May 2019

RE: Redding 3 die set for 45-70

I know it is and old post, but still mighty helpful.

Thanks.

.45/70 is also of interest for me in loading on my 550C. Thanks for the info.