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Old 10-25-2002, 05:17 PM
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custom sizing dies/ Redding or?

I need some expert advice on a little project I'm putting together. It's a 1000-yard benchrest heavy class rifle in 6.5-06 improved 35 degrees. Redding tech says their Competition Type S dies are hardened so I can't have a traditional 6.5-06 opened up by running my reamer in-will ruin the reamer. Is there another brand of dies that can be made to work and still provide the accuracy I want or should I cough up $150 and order a custom sizing die from Redding (once I get it all together and can send some fire-formed cases) Any suggestions?
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Old 10-25-2002, 07:17 PM
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Re: custom sizing dies/ Redding or?

Frank-
Redding Competition dies with the sliding sleeve are not hardened. I have custom dies made from these. Another option is to buy a Newlon die blank. Have your gunsmith ream it with the chamber reamer. They use standard Redding or Wilson bushings. These blanks are under a 100 bucks. Are you buying your own reamer? If so, order an undersized reamer to go along with the chamber reamer. About .003 under the chamber reamer would be a good bet, you can use this to make a full length die on the Newlon blanks. Niel Jones makes a nice custom die but they are costly. You definitely have a few options to choose from. I would avoid having Redding make custom dies unless you don't mind a very long wait.
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Old 10-25-2002, 07:43 PM
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Re: custom sizing dies/ Redding or?

Frankenstein, where are you going to shoot that 6.5 Heavy 1000 yard gun?

Jay, Idaho
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Old 10-25-2002, 08:36 PM
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Prime Time
When you say .003 do you mean take .003 off all chamber dimensions?
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Old 10-25-2002, 08:42 PM
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Re: custom sizing dies/ Redding or?

Ditto on Primetimes suggestion. I was facing the same thing a couple of years back with a 6mm AI, bought the competition dies and had the sleeve reamed by the smith.

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Old 10-26-2002, 09:14 AM
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Re: custom sizing dies/ Redding or?

frank, if you don't mind neckturning a bit, have the smith cut the chamber tight enough that you can skip the sizing step. That's the way our local smith does it here for comp guns. If you have a press, you could have your builder begin with a Wilson die and ream it out with your chamber reamer. I've had that done too and it works great.
Tim
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Old 10-31-2002, 04:23 PM
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Re: custom sizing dies/ Redding or?

Thanks for the advice on customizing my dies. I'm still a little confused [img]images/icons/confused.gif[/img] about using Redding Competition dies--is the Comp bushing style neck sizing die as shown in Redding's 2002 product catalog on page 5 hardened or not? Or are we discussing other (or older model)Comp dies? The rest of the parts on this "monster" are coming together except for this.
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