View Full Version : Any one have a small base sizing die?

HHI 812
10-07-2005, 03:17 PM
Looking for a set of dies, and saw the small base and standard dies listed. Wondering if there is an advantage or disadvantage to the small base sizing dies? Does the small base size the case dimensions to factory dimensions, or do the standard dies(either Hornady or RCBS) size to factory dimensions? Thanks for any info, Dennis e-mail at dennis.madriaga@gmail.com

10-09-2005, 08:16 PM
At the present, I am using the Hornady dies with a #45 RCBS shell holder. At first I was concerned that the sizing die was not bumping the shoulder back far enough. Much to my delight every single round I have reloaded has chambered and fired without difficulty. After my positive experience with the Hornady dies, I would highly recommend them. You can order them direct from Hornady - the part number is #544203.


HHI 812
10-10-2005, 12:11 AM
Thanks for your response. After not hearing back from anyone, I took a chance and ordered a RCBS 5.7X28 small base die set. I also ordered a Redding shell holder per some posting at this site. After reading other posts, some said this Redding shell holder didn't work??? Also ordered some Speer 33 grainers, and the Hornady 35 and 40 V-Max. I'll have to see if the dies or shell holder will work when it comes? I guess I could always return it if the don't work. Gun should be in this week also. Just picked up 4 boxes of the SS 195 LF, and bought 200 fired brass from e-bay. I also have a Hornady seating die for all the cartridges I load, so will be getting one for this 5.7X28 also. Jumping into this gun and cartridge with both feet!!! After reading through this site, I just had to have one. Lots of folks are laughing at me for getting this silly little 22mag weak pistol and cartridge, but I have high hopes after reading a lot of posts you members have done. Wish me luck and I hope I can prove to all of them that this is a good one!

10-23-2005, 06:01 AM
BUMP. I'm buying dies, should I get the 'regular' RCBS set or the small-base?