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How to Choose the Best Reloading Dies for Your Hunting Needs

Besides a powerful rifle and a good amount of ammunition, a hunter also needs to have the right reloading supplies. And when it comes to reloading, the dies are a critical element to your success. A good set of dies can increase your shooting precision and makes the feeding and extracting more reliable. With that being said, your choice of dies can often make a difference between coming home with a prize or empty-handed.

Good sets of dies often come from renowned ammunition and hunting brands such as Hornady, Lee and RCBS. These manufacturers are known for producing some of the best quality dies and offer sets for all the different calibres. So, if you're looking for reliable dies, brands like Hornady are the ones to pay attention to.

How to Choose the Best Reloading Dies for Your Hunting Needs

Hornady is a world-famous premium ammunition manufacturer that offers different options of dies for nearly every available calibre. Their dies are carefully crafted to be as smooth and precise as possible. This can help speed up the process of reloading, making your whole hunting operation run smoother and faster. As a result, you're less likely to have something get away while you take your time to reload.

Once you've chosen a brand of your liking, you can move on to choose a specific die design. Usually dies are available in three different styles. The so-called neck size dies, resize only the neck of the case. This means that the brass isn't affected a lot, allowing you to reuse the same case multiple times. Also, the accuracy is increased because the case has already been fired in your rifle.

How to Choose the Best Reloading Dies for Your Hunting Needs

Then there are full-length size dies which resize the entire length of the case, not only the neck. As a result, you can create handloads that can function in any rifle not just the original one. However, this shortens the life of the case. On the other hand, there are also small base dies which are a type of full-length die that is used with semi-automatic rifles. The smaller base gives extra compression to the brass which makes sure that the case is properly extracted from the firearm.

How to Choose the Best Reloading Dies for Your Hunting Needs

And finally, the material the dies are made of also plays an important role in the reloading process. For instance, a set made of carbide means that you don't need to lubricate the case when reloading. As a result, this can help extend the life of the case. Most of Horady dies are made of carbide, and although they may be more expensive, they are known for being very versatile and offering many features that make reloading go as smooth as possible.   

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