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Old 09-17-2013, 10:07 PM
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Forster reloading equipment...any good?

First of all I'd like to say hello to all my good friends here on the forum. I've been absent for awhile due to being quite busy but I have missed the forum!

I am getting ready to finally purchase everything I need to reload precision ammo for long range hunting. Kevin at MCR should have my custom 300win done by early next year so I need to get everything by then. Due to the amazing generousity of one of our own members I have a 50% off voucher for Forster Reloading Products. I intend on purchasing their Co-Ax press and any other item they sell that i might need. My question is NOT ABOUT THE PRESS but I'm wondering about their dies, case prep tools, etc. I figure for 50% off I can buy it all and sell off what I don't like. Are there any bad experiences you guys have had with Forster? Any recommendations for a new reloader as far as equipment goes?

Thanks, Jason
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Old 09-17-2013, 11:34 PM
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Re: Forster reloading equipment...any good?

I have the CoAx (everybody should have one!!!), and 12 of their case trimmers. 12? yes....I ran on to a deal of a long time reloader selling off everything and I bought nine from him. So, I leave them set up caliber specific.

I do use the outside neck turner on the case trimmer as well. Also use their handheld case neck turner.

Dies - all very good.

Buy extra die lock rings - you will need them.
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Old 09-18-2013, 12:08 AM
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Re: Forster reloading equipment...any good?

I have a friend that uses their case & cartridge inspector but he says its too short for VLD's in the 300win. Any others have a solution for this? It's a nice 3 in 1 tool.
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Old 09-18-2013, 06:08 PM
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I have the CoAx (everybody should have one!!!), and 12 of their case trimmers. 12? yes....I ran on to a deal of a long time reloader selling off everything and I bought nine from him. So, I leave them set up caliber specific.

I do use the outside neck turner on the case trimmer as well. Also use their handheld case neck turner.

Dies - all very good.

Buy extra die lock rings - you will need them.
As a newbie can I ask why would you need extra locking rings?
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Old 09-18-2013, 11:26 PM
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As a newbie can I ask why would you need extra locking rings?
Great question.

Once you have the dies set, tighten the screw in the split die ring, and the die remains set. To swap out the dies on the Forster, because the dies have been locked in place, it is as fast as you remove the die in the press, set down, and insert the next die you need.
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Old 09-19-2013, 12:11 AM
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Doesn't each die come with a locking ring? If so I'm still not catching on why if I'm locking them down why I would need extras??? Sorry I'm a little slow.
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Old 09-19-2013, 11:19 AM
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Re: Forster reloading equipment...any good?

I use a lot of Forster dies, and a few other brands as well. Have never owned their bushing sizer, so can't make a comment about them. All my bushing dies are from Wilson with a couple of exceptions.

* I don't use the Forster lock rings. I use the Lyman steel lock rings for two good reasons. The Lyman rings are about .005" thinner, and seem to allow the die to float into alignment better. Plus the Lyman rings come with a Allen type of screw instead of a screw driver slot screw. Just makes life easier for me.

* I actually see little difference between the Forster seater and a Wilson. Maybe .0005". If you plan on using very high B/C bullets and VLD's, be sure to order a VLD seater stem. Do you need the micrometer head? Depends on how often your swapping bullets, and how many different chambers you load for (same caliber). Accuracy wise, there is no difference.

* The press comes with an excellent priming device, and I would use it till I desired something a little better like the Sinclair or K&M.

* I also have several of the Forster case trimmers (old style), but use them for all sorts of odd jobs, rather than trim cases with them. I prefer the Wilson over all that I've used.


*** your going to need a scale and a powder measuring device. Something like the RCBS 10-10 is a good start that will last you a long time. I use nothing but Pact electronic scales (own three, and have had four). I use two measurers. A Lyman #55 with all the Sinclair add on's. It's a great cheap measuring device, and surprisingly accurate. The other is a Harrell Culver style measurer, and I won't recommend this one for a novice. But trust me it's as good as it gets. The Redding 3BR is also an excellent place to start (I think Sinclair sells a bottle adapter, and this is a must have!) I wouldn't buy one of the automated measures for a starter system. You can do everything just as accurately, but take a little longer.

*** you need something like the Hornaday Lock & Load measuring device to set you dies up. This will help set up seating depths and even headspace. And while on the measuring subject, you need a good 1" micrometer, and a good digital caliper. Later you may want a case gauge to check your work. I use a Neco, and a couple home brew ones. Neco is probably the best you can buy off the shelf.

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