Newbie: How to identify carbide die upon inspection? - 1911Forum
Advertise Here
Forum   Reviews   Rules   Legal   Site Supporters & Donations   Advertise

Go Back   1911Forum > >

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-02-2006, 11:40 PM
hiker hiker is offline
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Alabama
Posts: 325
Newbie: How to identify carbide die upon inspection?

Are the steel and carbide (pistol) dies a real challenge to tell apart? The steel dies can rust if not wiped down...are (new) carbide dies shinier compared with new steel dies?

Newbie in the Reloading Department
Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2006, 01:21 AM
chevis chevis is offline
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 86
what brand of dies are they?If they are RCBS the carbide dies will come in a grey box.Steel RCBS comes in a green box.Most of the newer Lee dies are Carbide as far as I know.Dillon dies are Carbide too.You can tell Carbide by the grey color on the sizeing die also.Carbide will be heavy too,,just some of what I know of off hand.You will only notice the Carbide in the bore,not the whole die itself,as it is a quite expensive material and almost no way to have the threaded part made of Carbide.They also come in a brand name of TiTanium Carbide,but the bore is Carbide.
Forgot to add,,only the sizeing die is of Carbide.The rest of the components are steel.You should use lube on the shell caseings,regardless of what people say.Especially new shell cases.If you don't,you can get by,but it takes a bit more muscle,compared to the butter feel of sizeing cases.

Last edited by chevis; 01-03-2006 at 01:26 AM.
Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2006, 04:30 AM
steveno steveno is online now
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Minden , Nebraska
Posts: 1,188
look at the bottom of the sizing die and you should beable to see the carbide sizing insert if it is a carbide die
Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2006, 05:22 AM
Sheldon Sheldon is offline
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: La Puente,CA. USA
Age: 52
Posts: 839
You will usually see the carbide insert if you look at the mouth of the sizing die as mentioned. It will look like a different colored metal insert inside the die.
Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2006, 06:59 AM
primersinmyshoe primersinmyshoe is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: St. Louis, Mo
Posts: 3,613
Chevis is also right about the lube. I use Hornady One Shot on my 45acp cases.
̿' ̿'\̵͇̿̿\з=(◕_◕)=ε/̵͇̿̿/'̿'̿ ̿

Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2006, 02:18 PM
brickeyee brickeyee is online now
Senior Member
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 3,052
Look for the carbide insert ring on the sizer die.
All other portions of the dies are often still steel and need protection against corrosion.
Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2006, 08:42 PM
hiker hiker is offline
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Alabama
Posts: 325
Thanks for the comments. It was a general question since I've bought plenty of used pistol dies (RCBS and Lee) and some were in the original plastic case -others not. My reloading equip. was paid for before inserting the first brass case - after selling a ton of used items and duplicates bought 'cheap' from others.
Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:12 PM.

NOTICE TO USERS OF THIS SITE: By continuing to use this site, you certify that you have read and agree to abide by the Legal Terms of Use. All information, data, text or other materials ("Content") posted to this site by any users are the sole responsibility of those users. 1911Forum does not guarantee the accuracy, integrity, or quality of such Content.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimisation provided by DragonByte SEO (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright 2015, LLC. All Rights Reserved