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RCBS Top Dies Sales - 2009
« on: July 27, 2010, 01:36:50 PM »
RCBS always puts out their list of top die sales for the previous year.  2009 is an interesting year because of the Obama-effect on gun and ammo sales - and therefore any shortage year boosts reloading sales as well.  IMO, even though this happened, the perennial top sellers were still top sellers.  They may have swapped places in the list by a small margin, but they are there as always.

I have edited this list and put the ranking of each caliber in the 2005 RCBS list in blue behind.  

#1  .223 Remington  3
#2  .45 ACP  7
#3  9mm Luger  17  
#4  .40 S&W  21
#5  .308 Winchester  4
#6  .30-06  2
#7  .357 Magnum/.38 Special (roll crimp)  12
#8  .243 Winchester  5
#9  .270 Winchester  8
#10  .22-250 Remington  6
#11 .44 Magnum/.44 Special  10
#12  .300 Winchester Magnum  9
#13  7mm Remington Magnum  13
#14  .45 Colt  14
#15  .223 Remington (Small Base)
#16  .30-30 Winchester  20
#17  .204 Ruger  1
#18  .25-06 Remington  16
#19  .380 Auto  
#20  7mm-08 Remington  22
#21  .45-70  15
#22  .300 Winchester Short Magnum  11
#23  .270 Winchester Short Magnum  19
#24  .357 Magnum/.38 Special (taper crimp)
#25  .300 Remington Ultra Magnum  23

Looking at the list - I own 11 of the die calibers and reload for 10 of them I currently own.
« Last Edit: July 27, 2010, 05:25:52 PM by Frisco Pete »
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Re: RCBS Top Dies Sales - 2009
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2010, 02:51:21 PM »
Good stuff    8)

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Re: RCBS Top Dies Sales - 2009
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2010, 03:16:47 PM »
Pete, thanks for posting the list.

The only surprise I see is 380acp.  Given the explosion of 380 pocket guns, and the lack of factory ammo in that cartridge, I would have expected to see more 380 die sales.
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Re: RCBS Top Dies Sales - 2009
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2010, 05:11:15 PM »
I edited the original post to show what the top 25 die calibers were 4 years before - in 2005.  The number follows the current place in blue.  The new .204 Ruger was the surprise winner, due to strong varmint community sales and other hunting oriented and new calibers made the list - probably due to expensive factory ammo.

I think the low cost of 9mm at the time kept it down on the list and my only explanation for the .380 is that most users aren't volume shooters and don't bother to reload that small caliber.  With extreme ammo shortages, owners decided that they need to reload to have any .380 ammo at all.

These 2005 calibers didn't make this year's Top 25 and I would be surprised if they ever do again:

18. .500 S & W Mag
24. .243 WSSM
25. .25 WSSM


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Re: RCBS Top Dies Sales - 2009
« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2010, 05:19:34 PM »
I'm surprised 9mm is way up there. I thought 9mm is relatively cheap enough as not to make it worth the time to reload. Guess 9mm has really gone mainstream since the last time.
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Re: RCBS Top Dies Sales - 2009
« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2010, 07:09:45 PM »
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The only surprise I see is 380acp.  Given the explosion of 380 pocket guns, and the lack of factory ammo in that cartridge, I would have expected to see more 380 die sales.

Probably because components were so hard to find,brass and bullets were about as scares as the ammo was.

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I'm surprised 9mm is way up there. I thought 9mm is relatively cheap enough as not to make it worth the time to reload. Guess 9mm has really gone mainstream since the last time.

Well that depends on how you load it,I've gotten about 1 K of once fired brass for a $20 investment,cast my own bullets with free lead and a $20 mold. Primers ran me $29 per K and a pound of W231will load 1750 rds. cost me $19,other than time which I don't count I basically have $60 in 1K of 9mm ammo or $3 for 50 rds. I cant even buy Russian steel case ammo for that price.

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Re: RCBS Top Dies Sales - 2009
« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2010, 09:50:05 PM »
Pete, thanks for posting the list.

The only surprise I see is 380acp.  Given the explosion of 380 pocket guns, and the lack of factory ammo in that cartridge, I would have expected to see more 380 die sales.

That might be an issue in next year's list unless those who purchased the pocket guns during the panic end up giving up on the caliber all together.  I was mostly fascinated by the jump 9mm made.  it seems most people reloading were doing so for precision target shooting or hunting five years ago and now they went into more popular shooter calibers.

Of course this may only reflect the people that were purchasing RCBS dies which seem to be targeted more to hunters/long range shooters.  I wonder what the figures would be for LEE or Dillon dies or for components.
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Re: RCBS Top Dies Sales - 2009
« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2010, 08:18:27 PM »
I have dies for 12 of those in my cupboard.  Not all RCBS dies, though.  :lol:
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Re: RCBS Top Dies Sales - 2009
« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2010, 09:03:37 PM »
Last year when I purchased my 9mm dies it took me over a month to find some in stock online or through a local supplier.  What was funny when I started to reload for 9 x 18 Mak. the local guy had two sets of RCBS in 9 x 18 covered in dust with the original $25 sticker still on the box.

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Re: RCBS Top Dies Sales - 2009
« Reply #9 on: August 20, 2010, 06:32:21 PM »
I have 16 of the top 25. I prefer RCBS over the others.

The reason something like the .204 Ruger has a great year is because it is new. Most reloaders already have the basics, .38 Special & .45 ACP, .30-06 & .223/5.56 NATO.

Several of my dies are 30 years old. So I find it interesting what new reloaders start with and what the old timers add on to their collection. I think the last die set I got was the 6.5x55mm Swedish Mauser.

I was surprised the .303 British and 7.62x54R did not make the list. The 7.62x39mm was not a surprise because I think shooters have it stockpile since the ammo was like $73 a case at one time.

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Re: RCBS Top Dies Sales - 2009
« Reply #10 on: August 20, 2010, 06:39:35 PM »

The only surprise I see is 380acp.  Given the explosion of 380 pocket guns, and the lack of factory ammo in that cartridge, I would have expected to see more 380 die sales.

Most .380s will never see 1000 rounds thru them in their lifetime.

Being an experimenter and having all the other calibers, I got a set of .380 dies. I found the Speer 88 grain JHP as extremely accurate. FMJ and LRN were very poor choices in accuracy. Another upside to reloading the .380 was that brass was easy to pick up. While .45 and .40 guys almost always pick up their brass, .380 shooters never do.

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Re: RCBS Top Dies Sales - 2009
« Reply #11 on: August 20, 2010, 06:47:10 PM »
I'm surprised 9mm is way up there. I thought 9mm is relatively cheap enough as not to make it worth the time to reload. Guess 9mm has really gone mainstream since the last time.

It depends on how much you shoot. Actually 9mm was one of the first handgun calibers I reloaded for. At $3 a box for 125 grain lead roundnose you do not feel quilty firing off 200 of them on a day on the range.

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Re: RCBS Top Dies Sales - 2009
« Reply #12 on: August 22, 2010, 11:30:59 PM »
Amazing, when I grew up the only question was would .270 beat 30-06. I guess their just aren't that many hunters out their anymore. The world is changing and I don't think it's for the better.

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