Hone out Lee Classic die

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Hone out Lee Classic die

Postby Blind Hawg » 25 Mar 2021 22:07

How feasible to open up the bore of a Lee Classic bullet sizing die from .430 to.434” with a crocus cloth wrapped dowel?
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Re: Hone out Lee Classic die

Postby Archer » 25 Mar 2021 23:29

Not sure if crocus cloth will do the trick but I am sure it will take some time and effort.
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Re: Hone out Lee Classic die

Postby runfiverun » 26 Mar 2021 10:54

it's doable, but I'd stop short and finish the job by polishing up/out the last thousandth or so.
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Re: Hone out Lee Classic die

Postby Archer » 27 Mar 2021 00:00

Seems like I've seen some, depending on the crocus cloth, of the finer versions has about the same grit as automotive paint polishing compound, NOT so raw as buffing compound but polishing compound.
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Re: Hone out Lee Classic die

Postby Blind Hawg » 10 Apr 2021 21:51

Received my .430” Lee sizing kit from MidwayUSA. Note, never use their standard shipping. It’s UPS Mail Innovations. That’s the worst of UPS & USPS. To top it off, the bullet punch was missing. Replacement arrived in 2 days by UPS ground. Successfully opened the die up to .434” in short time with dowel and wet sandpaper in drill press. Finish polished with 600 grit. Sized 230 gr bullets cast in NOE .434” mold which cast at .436”. Lubed with Lee Liquid Alox, BTW, also some plastic coated. Loaded all over 12 grains of Unique for testing.
Any thoughts on Unique powder amounts for best accuracy in a 24” R92”
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Re: Hone out Lee Classic die

Postby Reese-Mo » 11 Apr 2021 07:07

Interesting, and I'm all into "modify to suit your needs".... but I have a question, if I may.

The Lee sizing die is 7/8-14 thread. You chucked that up in your drill press? Must be a BIG drill press!

Of course you could have spun the abrasive on a stick in the drill press, but then runout (aka staying round) goes out the window. Well for a pistol round it doesn't matter much anyway.

I didn't see where you said (maybe I missed it), but is this for a Rossi CJudge?
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Re: Hone out Lee Classic die

Postby Blind Hawg » 11 Apr 2021 09:17

Dowel spun in drill press but die body was spun too. IMHO, the 24” R92’s bore would remove any “out of roundness” by the time the slug “runs-out” the muzzle.
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