Hornady Series I 2-Die Rifle Sets
Great Dies wouldn't buy any others
These die sets are some of the best. Make sure you read the instructions when you get them, by cleaning them with solvent to remove the rust protectant and apply a small amount of case lube or lubricant.
The bullet seating die has a built in crimp option which eliminates the need for a 3rd die like some other brands. I will say that yes the bullet seating die does leave a small ring on the bullet when fitting but has zero affect on ballistic performance, and I've personally see no bullet stretching but .257 if my smallest caliber. I'd give it 4.5 stars if I could. Also the LNL feature with the busing allow me to switch between my calibers without wasting brass on setup.
March 6, 2013
I purchased this product with high hopes, but instead a great disappointment.
The bullet seating die leaves a ring around the bullet, like other comments that were said, it's TRUE. Also, the bullet seating die has a differential of 0.011" when using the hornady bullet comparator on my calipers. That is UNACCEPTABLE!!!
You may be thinking that I am not eliminating enough variables; well here we go...
First I cleaned the die set just like the video that Hornady provided.
Second, I have tried this with three different bullets (Berger FB Target BTHP 52gr, Hornady A-Max 52gr. BT, Nosler Spitzer BT 40gr) and I gauged 50 bullets with the comparator and had no more than 0.003" variance. That still leaves atleast 0.008" un-accounted for!?!?
I then contacted "Jim" with Hornady and they said it was the "seating stem", and sent out a new one.
About a week later I received the part, cleaned, and installed. Absolutely no difference, still a deep ring around all bullets and a differential of 0.011" with only testing 4 cartridges. I video-taped those 4, and will be contacting Hornady. VERY DISAPPOINTED!!!
March 12, 2013
Great Quality Dies
Great quality, which is to be expected with most Hornady products.
January 6, 2015
as good as some $100 sets
I own Forster bump dies, RCBS, Redding, and Lyman and Lee. Let me just say, the bullet guide works great seems imposible to tip bullet on seating. Also coating is very nice, I cast lead on some rifle dies and these will roll crimp if needed. Also who wants a die that its lock nut has a set screw that damages threads, Hornady don't and they have a place to put standard wrenches on. Also I damaged bullet guide with stem my self told them my fault they replaced anyway. I own over a dozen now except for Redding and Forster I'll use no other!
August 17, 2011