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Old 07-28-2002, 10:35 AM
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Best seating die?

I am looling for a micrometer style seating die for my 300 win mag. Who makes the best and the easiest to use?
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Old 07-28-2002, 12:51 PM
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Re: Best seating die?

Well, I have the Redding Competition seating die, and I really like it. It's really smooth. It is also, however, kind of pricy. I hear that the Hornady micrometer seater is just as good as the Redding at about half the money. Forster also makes a Mic seater thats supposed to be very good as well. Hope that helps you some.
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Old 07-28-2002, 02:10 PM
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Re: Best seating die?

I use the Forester Ultra seaters.. they work great and bullet runout is kept to a bare minimum!!! Very reasonalbly priced. Infinite .001 adjustments in seating depth.
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Old 07-29-2002, 02:56 PM
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Re: Best seating die?

I have all three (Redding, Forster, and Hornady)... the Redding and Forster are equal in quality... both are outstanding.

My Redding 300WM Competition won't go back in the green box once it has been adjusted (applies to all the long Redding Comp seater dies). I called Redding, and they said that they are "... aware of it". [img]images/icons/frown.gif[/img] [img]images/icons/frown.gif[/img]

Also... Redding will NOT make a competition seater in special calibers, even if they do make other dies in that caliber.

Forster WILL make special "Ultra" seaters for any caliber that is in their catalogue! I have one for .218 BEE [img]images/icons/shocked.gif[/img]

The Hornady is good, but not excellent... but at about $20 a SET (seater and FL sizer) that's a hell of a deal.
Also, because of the way the Hornady is designed, if you have a weird wildcat that Redding or Forster doesn't make, the Hornady seater will seat the bullets.


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Old 07-29-2002, 04:24 PM
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Re: Best seating die?

Sounds like the Forester is the way to go. Equal in quality and ease of use to the higher priced units.
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Old 07-29-2002, 10:55 PM
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Re: Best seating die?

I have redding competition dies too. I bought a fishing tackle organizer for my dies, actually I bought four of them to organize all my stuff, I even sort bullets in one of them. They work great! Just stop by the local sporting goods store.
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