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Unread 04-10-2003, 01:47 PM
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Seating Dies

I am currently using a standard RCBS seating die and am looking to get a bit more accurate. Do seating dies make that much difference? and if so, which ones do you prefer. Thanks
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Unread 04-10-2003, 02:49 PM
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Re: Seating Dies

I would have sent this in an e-mail, but that option is not available, so here is my two cents ...

(I am sort of new to all of this, so listen to the pros.)

A lot of guys will tell you to get a Redding Competition Seating die with the micrometer top for adjusting the seating depth.

Hornady also sells a seating die that has almost the exact same design as the Redding Competition and a micrometer top is available for that also.

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Unread 04-10-2003, 04:47 PM
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Re: Seating Dies

In my experience, the Redding competition seating dies cannot be beat. Very well machined, excellent cartridge support, and the micrometre is very precise.

Spendy, but lasts a lifetime.

And they really look cool in your press [img]images/icons/cool.gif[/img]

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Unread 04-10-2003, 05:45 PM
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Re: Seating Dies

I wish I could get a Redding Competition seater die for the new 30/338 Lapua Imp, Neil Jones is doing up an inline seater for it instead. At least I'll be able to seat bullets at the range though. I've never used inline dies before so I'll have a few things to learn I'm betting. I hope it's a nice one, as I don't know what makes one inline better than another but all Neil's stuff looks top notch. He doesn't strike me as a person that does much of anything half-ass.


I just got the new Sinclair catalog last night and see that Redding is making the Cometition seater die for the 300 Ultra now. Are you using one of these, or will you be? The thing I like about them more than the micrometer top is the tight fitting sleeve that hold the case inline before even seating the bullet. Right now I seat bullets 1/4 to 1/2 way down and spin the case 180 degrees and seat the rest of the way, best I can do.

Anybody know if Redding will make a custom spec'd Comp seater for a price? It would be nice to have one for the Dillon when loading at home.
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Unread 04-10-2003, 06:27 PM
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Re: Seating Dies

Brent, the advantage that an inline seater gives you is better feel (in case something is not right) and the ability to change seating length at the range. This is huge when working up for a new rifle.

You will love it. I only use conventional dies for forming or bumping.
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Unread 04-10-2003, 09:11 PM
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Re: Seating Dies


I copied the following data from Redding's web site. It may well be worth your time to make an email query to see if they would do a comp seater for your application.

Their emaill address is as follows:



Custom Made Dies
Custom made dies are not kept in stock and are made to order only. Our Series “C” and Series “D” listings contain many obsolete and wildcat calibers normally considered “custom” by other manufacturers. We try to maintain limited quantities of factory inventory on these. If you do not find the dies that you need after consulting the die caliber reference charts on pages 13, 14, 15 and 16, we can usually custom make them for you.Please keep in mind, the die reference chart is only a partial listing. We have made custom dies for hundreds of chamberings that are simply too numerous to list.

Some cartridges with a very unique design and/or unusual shoulder angle may require a tooling and engineering charge to partially cover our expense for making up special tooling. In the event such costs are required, they will be quoted separately. To get a firm price quote, send us your chamber reamer drawing, including all dimensions and the shoulder angle.

As an alternative, you can simply send us three (3) fired cases from your chamber for examination on our optical comparator. Package them carefully to prevent damage in transit, and do not forget to include clear instructions as to exactly what your needs are, i.e. dies to form the case, full length die set, neck sizing dies only, etc. Your fired cases will be returned upon request. Because of the nature of work involved in making custom dies, advance payment is required with the order. No COD’s please. Delivery usually takes from 12 to 14 weeks after your order has been received.

Custom Two Die Sets $ 126.00
000w/optional tapered size button $ 132.00
Custom F.L. Sizer or Neck Sizer $ 83.00
000w/optional tapered size button $ 89.00
Custom "Type S" Neck or F.L. Sizer $ 108.00
000w/optional tapered expander $ 114.00
Custom "Type S" Neck Die Set $ 225.00
00w/optional tapered size button $ 231.00
Custom Deluxe Die Set $ 195.00
00w/optional tapered size button $ 201.00
Custom Three Die Set (straight wall cases) $ 141.00
Custom Seating Die $ 72.00
Custom Taper Crimp Die $ 61.50
Custom Form Die $ 61.50
Custom Trim Die $ 75.00
Special Price Group (*) $ 144.00
Special Shell Holders (*) $ 15.00
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Unread 04-10-2003, 09:22 PM
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Re: Seating Dies


My brother just got a WSM Forster Seater W/Micrometer Top from Sinclair for <$50. They have a lot of the standard calibers listed.
If you have something that you disassemble and reassemble enough times, sooner or later, you'll have two!
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