Re: 162gr A-max / H4831SC loads?
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Thanks McIntosh,<P>Nice to know I seem to have chosen the right bullet/powder combo. I'll try out the Lee dies for now and maybe consider the match dies when I have some extra cash (the wife is already frowning).<P>I know all rifles should be treated separately with regard to "maximum" and "optimum" loads, but just out of curiosity, what did you find were the most accurate and maximum loads in your rifle?
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No worries on the lee dies, you will have better results with the collet dies than the bushing dies if you aren't going to turn... even then, the results are comprable. Order a couple of extra mandrels from Lee. Just tell the lady that answers the phone that you want an undersized mandrel for the 7mmREM mag... they are $5 each. After you get them, polish them to the desired diameter if you decide you want more neck tension... just like swapping a bushing... only cheaper.
All id add would be a redding body die. $20 After your first loading, neck size, and bump the shoulder after each firing and you will do well. Also, you might measure the differance in headspace dimension from your chamber to your brass. if its more than .015" or so, you might want to consider COW fireforming with a false shoulder before the first shot. Your brass life will be nuch better, with no worries of headseperations. Its a cake operation, and definately worth it.
Ill echo the comments above. You've got the right powder picked for this bullet/cartridge combo.