Custom Grade™ Dies

Hornady® reloading dies represent the finest in machined craftsmanship.

Precise machining allows accurate reloading by offering easier adjustments, better alignment and smooth functioning.

With one of the finest internal finishes in the industry, Hornady® Custom Grade and Match Grade Dies provide a lifetime of reloading. They’re so well crafted that they’re guaranteed never to break or wear out from normal use.

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Full-Length Sizing Die

Full-Length Sizing Die

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  • Zip Spindle™ Design

    A feature on all full length size dies, the Zip Spindle™ positively locks to eliminate slippage. A series of light threads cut on both the spindle and spindle collet allows incremental adjustments by turning the spindle or it can easily “zip” up or down for larger movements.

  • Smooth Finish

    Internal die profile is precision machined and polished to a smooth finish for reliable functioning without case sticking or excessive friction. Most of our pistol dies feature a titanium nitride “gold ring” finish that’s harder than carbide and doesn’t require lubrication. The super hard coating is perfect for resizing soft pistol brass and won’t scratch cases.

  • Lock Rings with Wrench Flats

    The Hornady Sure-Loc™ lock rings clamp around the entire die applying constant pressure to hold the ring in place. The locking screw tightens the ring without coming into contact with the threads, eliminating possible damage from pliers.

  • Elliptical Expander

    Superior to “ball expanders,” this Hornady® exclusive provides extremely smooth neck sizing and significantly reduces friction and case neck stretch. Internal threading prevents it from pulling loose and the elliptical expander eliminates the need for a separate expander die for necking-up to the next caliber.

Standard Seating Die

Standard Seating Die

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  • Lock Rings with Wrench Flats

    The Hornady Sure-Loc™ lock rings clamp around the entire die applying constant pressure to hold the ring in place. The locking screw tightens the ring without coming into contact with the threads, eliminating possible damage from pliers.

  • Seater Adjustment Screw

    Seater adjustment screw easily adjusts for bullet seating depths.

  • Compression Lock

    This o-ring provides the necessary tension to make fine adjustments easier, and keep the die set in place.

  • Retainer Ring

    Locking retainer ring removes in seconds for easy disassembly and cleaning of the die.

  • In-line Bullet Seating System

    Our seating system holds the bullet, the case neck and the seating stem in perfect alignment in the sleeve BEFORE the bullet enters the neck of the case. The system includes a floating bullet alignment sleeve, a floating steel seating stem and a built-in crimper for benchrest precision. Bullets are aligned in the sleeve as they enter the die for optimum seating and enhanced accuracy.

Taper Crimp/Seating Die

Taper Crimp/Seating Die

The intuitive design of the die allows seating and taper crimping to be completed in one step, eliminating the need for a separate taper crimp die. Available in 9mm, 40 S&W and 45 Auto.

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  • Lock Rings with Wrench Flats

    The Hornady Sure-Loc™ lock rings clamp around the entire die applying constant pressure to hold the ring in place. The locking screw tightens the ring without coming into contact with the threads, eliminating possible damage from pliers.

  • Seater Adjustment Screw

    Seater adjustment screw easily adjusts for bullet seating depths.

  • Compression Lock

    This o-ring provides the necessary tension to make fine adjustments easier, and keep the die set in place.

  • Taper Crimp Adjust Screw

    Easily adjusts amount of crimp on the cartridge without changing bullet seating depth or loosening the lock ring.

  • In-line Bullet Seating System

    Our seating system holds the bullet, the case neck and the seating stem in perfect alignment in the sleeve BEFORE the bullet enters the neck of the case. The system includes a floating bullet alignment sleeve, a floating steel seating stem and a built-in crimper for benchrest precision. Bullets are aligned in the sleeve as they enter the die for optimum seating and enhanced accuracy.

Standard Expanding Die

Standard Expanding Die

These dies put a consistent slight "bell" or flare on straight-walled rifle or pistol case mouths. They prepare the case so powder and bullet insertion are smoother.

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  • Lock Rings with Wrench Flats

    The Hornady Sure-Loc™ lock rings clamp around the entire die applying constant pressure to hold the ring in place. The locking screw tightens the ring without coming into contact with the threads, eliminating possible damage from pliers.

Straight Wall Sizing Die

Straight Wall Sizing Die

Most of our straight wall sizing dies feature a titanium coated sizing ring, which eliminates case sticking and requires no lubrication. Less friction means less wear on cases for longer case life.

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  • Zip Spindle™ Design

    A feature on all full length size dies, the Zip Spindle™ positively locks to eliminate slippage. A series of light threads cut on both the spindle and spindle collet allows incremental adjustments by turning the spindle or it can easily “zip” up or down for larger movements.

  • Smooth Finish

    Internal die profile is precision machined and polished to a smooth finish for reliable functioning without case sticking or excessive friction. Most of our pistol dies feature a titanium nitride “gold ring” finish that’s harder than carbide and doesn’t require lubrication. The super hard coating is perfect for resizing soft pistol brass and won’t scratch cases.

  • Lock Rings with Wrench Flats

    The Hornady Sure-Loc™ lock rings clamp around the entire die applying constant pressure to hold the ring in place. The locking screw tightens the ring without coming into contact with the threads, eliminating possible damage from pliers.

  • Titanium Coated Sizing Ring

    The titanium coated sizing ring (gold ring) eliminates case sticking and requires no lubrication. The super hard, smooth coating is used in high-pressure, high-wear tools to reduce abrasion, so it's perfect for resizing relatively soft pistol brass, and won't scratch your cases. The spindle locks in place wth collet lock for positive decap and easy adjustment.

Reloading Essentials

Find the Custom Grade Dies and essential accessories you need.

Choose the caliber you’re reloading and we’ll match it with the proper dies, shell plate, shell holder, trimmer pilot, bullet puller collet, and more.

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How Lock-N-Load® Works

The patented Hornady® Lock-N-Load® System is as Easy as 1-2-3
Insert the Lock-N-Load® die bushing into the press bushing and lock it into place with a twist. The six locking lugs on the die and press bushings will hold it securely in position.
Insert your standard die with 7/8"-14 threads into the Lock-N-Load® bushing.
Adjust the die to the proper position and lock your setting into the place with Hornady's unique Sure-Loc lock ring.

To change calibers, simply twist the die counterclockwise, remove die and insert your next preset Lock-N-Load® die and bushing. Because they remain locked in their Lock-N-Load® bushings, your dies will remain exactly as you set them. The positive locking action of the Lock-N-Load® bushings holds the dies in rock solid, perfect alignment.

Once you try Lock-N-Load® from Hornady®, you'll NEVER want to go back to your old system!