|L- 4 die set, R-5 die set|
Four die sets have the neck sizer and the decapper in the same die (seen in following pictures). This is fine as it is only the sets that decap and bell or have the button sizer that is drawn back through the neck that you will need to avoid. It is because the hook does not stay engaged with the case long enough to pull it back over that expander. As such either of the die sets pictured above are suitable for the tong tools.
|Aforementioned hook shows just how far it will extract a 30/06 case before it disengages.|
|4 die set, note left die is both decapper and neck sizer as opposed to being 2 dies in 5 die sets|
|5 die sets, The "Universal" type decapping die and then the "muzzle resizer" which is the neck sizer are the left most 2 dies.|
|Another view of decap/sizer die from 4 die set and the 2 dies that perform the same operation from 5 die set.|
|Here we see the "universal" decap stems from 2 rifle die sets as well as the "M" type expander die.|
|These expander dies were taking from 3 different sets, 30/06, 30-30 and 357. Note die body length difference between the three.|
|Close up of expander die body and stem from 30-30 die set.|
|This die intended for the 310 series of bench presses WILL NOT work for our tong tool handles!|
|Left-310 dies for expanding case mouth and decapping. R- die for the press that combines these operations.|
|Differences in stem sizes, Also note on right die "CMR" stamp that denotes this as a "combination muzzle re-sizer die"|
|Priming unit shown as 2nd die from left and double adjustable bullet seating die shown far right|
This may seem confusing at first (I sure was) but it is worth understanding if your wanting to build a reloading set up that takes up very little space and is easy to use. The 310 tong tool is still a relevant system perfect for the RV or cabin. In the next part we will go over die adjustments and set up for reloading.