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Pacific Dies
Discussion regarding the reloading of ammunition and tuning of loads for accuracy
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 23, 2009 6:13 am    Post subject: Pacific Dies Reply with quote

Anybody have a set I just got a set of .223 off E-Bay cheap Very Happy was curious to there quality. Thanks.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 23, 2009 12:02 pm    Post subject: Re: Pacific Dies Reply with quote

Before what we now know as Hornady loading equipment there was Pacific Tool and Die. Pacific was subsuquently bought up by Hornady the way I understand it. I have an old Pacific shotshell loader that I can still get some parts for from Hornady. Your dies should be fine...the best way to find out is try them tho.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 23, 2009 1:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Pacific Dies Reply with quote

Back in the day, Pacific was well known for cartridge and shotshell reloading presses. I have a Pacific chamfering and deburring tool that I bought at the Peterson Field Rod & Gun Club back in 1966 and still use it. Your Pacific dies should be just fine if they had a good life. All the best...
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 23, 2009 2:02 pm    Post subject: Re: Pacific Dies Reply with quote

Thanks for the Info Guys Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 23, 2009 2:55 pm    Post subject: Re: Pacific Dies Reply with quote

I have a couple sets of Pacific dies, they are fine. They not only made quallity tools in the early days but they developed the basic reloading presses and 7/8x14 dies as we know them today.

RCBS/Fred Huntinton modified the Pacific C presses into an O press design and added the compound toggle linkage in the early 60s.

Redding first had case head specfic rams with the 1/8" inch deep shell holders cut into the top. Forget who developed todays interchangeable shell holders.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 23, 2009 3:05 pm    Post subject: Re: Pacific Dies Reply with quote

I have a set of Pacific 357 magnum dies that I use in my Lee Classic Cast Turret. the cartridges work just fine in my Desert Eagle and revolvers. Though they are steel dies and need to be used with lubed cases, thats no big deal.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 23, 2009 4:05 pm    Post subject: Re: Pacific Dies Reply with quote

I had a set of Lee .223 dies but let them go when I sold my Savage bolt. I'm gonna hand load for the AR-15 so I needed another set. I have Rcbs, Lee, Hornady, and Redding dies on the bench it sounds like these should be pretty good dies as well. I should have them this week.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 23, 2009 5:32 pm    Post subject: Re: Pacific Dies Reply with quote

Joe, your most likely gonna need small base dies for th AR loading. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. Sad

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2009 6:31 am    Post subject: Re: Pacific Dies Reply with quote

I'm no fan of nor espert on black rifles but it's my understanding they are uaually made with loose chambers that don't require small base dies. I'd sure try it with conventional dies before going for something else.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2009 10:46 am    Post subject: Re: Pacific Dies Reply with quote

I know of guys that need them and some that don't !!! Try em first, then load a bucket full !!!

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2009 2:37 pm    Post subject: Re: Pacific Dies Reply with quote

I have heard it both ways I ll try them if they don't work out I'll get a small base set Very Happy Is RCBS the only one that offers them in small base ? I haven't noticed any other brand that has them.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2009 3:32 pm    Post subject: Re: Pacific Dies Reply with quote

I load for several Colt ARs and have always used standard dies. Never had a problem. All the best...
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2009 3:34 pm    Post subject: Re: Pacific Dies Reply with quote

This link may be interesting reading. All the best...
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pacificreloaders.awardspace.com/

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2009 4:27 pm    Post subject: Re: Pacific Dies Reply with quote

Gil Martin wrote:
This link may be interesting reading. All the best...
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pacificreloaders.awardspace.com/

Thank You Gil Very Happy

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2009 4:46 pm    Post subject: Re: Pacific Dies Reply with quote

Redding makes small base dies and a small base body die.

Dillon dies are designed to work with semi and full auto and can be had with or without carbide. (still need to lube with carbide)
$136.00 carbide 3 die
$63.00 standard 3 die
I know the carbide is expensive but the guys I know that bought them say they’re worth it.

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