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Creedmoor Technical Info => Reloading => Topic started by: bongo on November 21, 2020, 06:05:04 PM

Title: shell holders
Post by: bongo on November 21, 2020, 06:05:04 PM
Hi a quick question . Does it matter what number shell holder you use for the press , as long as the case fits into it . ie my RCBS dies says use a number 3 and the LEE i have says a 2 , But the cases fit into both .

Wanting to use the RCBS I travelled a fair distance to go and get a number 3 as per the RCBS box thinking that LEE + RCBS use different numbers for the same calibre , in this instance 6.5cm , Only to be given a Hornady number 2  by the gun shop owner , He said  it was the correct holder .
Title: Re: shell holders
Post by: autoxforfun on November 21, 2020, 06:17:55 PM
I use a number 2 shell holder for all 0.473" bases...which is correct for the CM.  I don't remember what brand of shell holder I have (I think both Lee and Redding) but they all say #2).  You should be good.
Title: Re: shell holders
Post by: gman47564 on November 21, 2020, 06:32:20 PM
Same here.. a number 2 for all my .473 size case heads.. all mine are lee shell holders.. keep in mind the deck height may vary between different shell holders even within the same brand..
Title: Re: shell holders
Post by: Roaneman on November 21, 2020, 07:00:08 PM
I believe the Hornady shell holder is #1 and the Lee is #2 for 6.5 Creedmoor.  They are different heights however. 

Title: Re: shell holders
Post by: jvw2008 on November 21, 2020, 07:30:40 PM
https://www.grafs.com/uploads/technical-resource-pdf-file/15.pdf

You can print this out. I keep a copy in my reloading room for occasional reference.
Title: Re: shell holders
Post by: jvw2008 on November 21, 2020, 07:42:39 PM
Usually a good idea to use the brand of shell holder that matches your press manufacturer. Unless you are using a Forster COAX. 😊

Title: Re: shell holders
Post by: bongo on November 22, 2020, 04:49:33 PM
Will do thanks everyone , i have a LEE press and shell holders apart from the No 2 hornady i was given to use , its still packaged so i know which one it is .
And thanks for the link i will get it printed .
Title: Re: shell holders
Post by: LeadHammer on November 25, 2020, 07:53:46 PM
I try to use the exact shell holder as well. I write on them with a sharpie. For example, my RCBS hand primer has a different shell holder than the one in the Rockchucker. ( both RCBS )  I use the Redding comp ones to bump, and back to the marked RCBS one for the Lee Collet and Forster seater.
Title: Re: shell holders
Post by: Mark611 on November 28, 2020, 04:16:23 AM
JMO, I have seen some different ideas on how a shell holder should fit into the ram, if ur using a Turret or single stage set up for example? I watched a guy remove the clip from the ram and replace it with a rubber O ring, this allows the shell holder to free float a little, in turn this allows the case to self center itself and not be crowded by the force of being in a fixed fixture, I have been trying this on my presses and it works well!!! has anyone else tried this? 8)