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Keep or get rid of extra dies?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by rmantoo, May 11, 2019.

  1. rmantoo

    rmantoo Cranky old fart: Pull my finger

    Jan 9, 2013
    San Angelo
    Over a year ago I bought a bunch of reloading dies (and a ton of other stuff) at an estate sale.

    I already own most of the common calibers, 9, 40, 45, 223 and 308. This lot had those, and for some, like 9mm, 357/38, and 40 there were 3 different sets each...

    While some of the dies are useful (lots of neck sizing dies I didn't have, different seating dies, collet pullers, etc) there are quite a few I really don't see myself using, such as 7.62x54 russian, 6.5x55, 6.5 Gibbs, and several others.

    My quandary is that I am inclined to hoarding. My wife is amazing at keeping me aware of this (not in a bitchy way, at all) and helps us keep the level of flotsam down. However, my reloading and gun rooms are exclusively my domain, and she almost never goes in them...

    It's neat to have a bunch of dies. I look at pics of other dudes reloading rooms and I'm like, "COOL!" but stepping back a bit, I really don't see me ever needing to use a 7.62x54 russian (or some of those other calibers), and even if someone happened to give me a rifle in that caliber, or if I traded for one or bought one at an estate sale, I really think I would sell it off or trade it away...

    Next, I can't imagine ruining my dillon carbide pistol dies that are already on my 1050 tool heads.

    So should I keep the extra dies, in case I somehow lose some of my main caliber dies?

    And should I keep the dies for calibers I don't own, and am not likely at all to purchase?

    What do y'all do in this type of situation.

    Thanks in advance,
    Robert Williams
    San Angelo, Wet and green, for once!

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  2. lonestardiver

    lonestardiver Well-Known

    Dec 12, 2010
    I as well have dies for chambering I do not own or in a few cases an extra set or two due to picking up a bulk used purchase.

    Now with that said, I have some duplicates with a purpose. For some chambering where I have an AR and a bolt action chambered in the same cartridge or two or more bolt action rifles, I may have dies adjusted differently. Thus I may have a set-up for the Dillon and one for the Redding T-7. I have multiple turrets for the T-7 to allow me to set up for 2 or 3 rifles/bullet combinations.

    Also, sometimes when we have ammo shortages, I do reload for a few select friends so they have plinking/practice ammo.

    Extra dies down the road could be a commodity.

    BTW, I get the same comments from my wife about being “overstocked” on some items. Good thing she doesn’t go into the shop....
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  3. Charlie

    Charlie TGT Addict TGT Supporter

    Mar 19, 2008
    Kerr County
    I'm a firm believer that one should keep all the dies and other equipment for handloading. If a die is sold and then you end up needing it 'cause you got a deal on a gun (new, used, in-trade, etc.), then you'd just have to buy a die that you once had. New dies are like everything else, they are not getting any cheaper. Just my two bits!
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  4. Mowingmaniac 24/7

    Mowingmaniac 24/7 TGT Addict

    Nov 7, 2015
    Keep em.
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  5. rmantoo

    rmantoo Cranky old fart: Pull my finger

    Jan 9, 2013
    San Angelo
    Ok. I have a weak mind: I'm keeping them... Next question: Do y'all lube them when keeping them in their boxes? I sprayed them down w/remmy gun oil...that should be enough to ward off the oxidation monsters, huh?
  6. Charlie

    Charlie TGT Addict TGT Supporter

    Mar 19, 2008
    Kerr County
    I'd think that would be just fine, IMHO. Now, if you lived in Galveston, Corpus Christi, etc., ya' may need more oil! :green:
  7. Dawico

    Dawico Uncoiled Lifetime Member

    Oct 15, 2009
    Lampasas, Texas
    I'd sell the extras.

    Could make somebody in a bind very happy especially if you don't need them.

    Remoil works well at keeping rust away. One treatment should be all they ever need.
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  8. robertc1024

    robertc1024 Moderator Staff Member Moderator TGT Supporter

    Jan 22, 2013
    San Marcos
    Personally, unless I had an interest in a gun with one of those chamberings, I'd sell them.
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  9. tbark44

    tbark44 Member

    Oct 11, 2009
    I sometime use my extras to swap for stuff i need , there are calibers i have no intention of ever loading again deal or no deal on the gun i get in trade or what ever usualy those are a means to get stuff i want as well , t
  10. TheMailMan

    TheMailMan Well-Known

    Dec 3, 2015
    North of Kaufman
    I'll give ya $25 for those Dillon .357 dies. :)

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