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Old 01-06-2012, 08:35 PM
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2 reloading questions

I can get a really good deal on RCBS dies and was wonder which should I get for my bolt action 223 the gold metal bushing dies or the competition dies. as near as I can tell the major difference is the bushing.

second question who full length resizes and who neck resizes . Is it worth getting the neck on dies or can one neck size and get the same results with adjusting the full length dies.
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Old 01-06-2012, 09:41 PM
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I can get a really good deal on RCBS dies and was wonder which should I get for my bolt action 223 the gold metal bushing dies or the competition dies. as near as I can tell the major difference is the bushing.

second question who full length resizes and who neck resizes . Is it worth getting the neck on dies or can one neck size and get the same results with adjusting the full length dies.
RCBS dies are a pain in the butt! I would suggest getting something else. THat little nit on the top always moves on me. I got rid of all my RCBS dies. I think most guys here as far as their hunting rifles go full length resize.
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Old 01-06-2012, 11:10 PM
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Re: 2 reloading questions

If you want to go with a commercial bushing die i would consider these two manly because these are the ones i have bought and used, with out problem & the tolerances are very good.
Redding comp neck size Bushing and comp seater, or there S-type neck size Bushing Bump die cheaper than comp series. Forsters Bushing Bump Neck Size die and there Ultra Micrometer Seater die.... these are more expensive than your normal run of the mill dies, But make nice concentric ammo with out a problem.
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Old 01-07-2012, 12:03 AM
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Re: 2 reloading questions

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RCBS dies are a pain in the butt! I would suggest getting something else. THat little nit on the top always moves on me. I got rid of all my RCBS dies. I think most guys here as far as their hunting rifles go full length resize.
I have had RCBS dies for over thirty years and never had a problem with them. Must have been you .lol
I full length resize the first firing of the new brass ,then after that I just neck size making sure that the shoulder is bumped back to the correct amount.
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Old 01-08-2012, 11:07 AM
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Re: 2 reloading questions

Let me suggest getting a set of LEE dies.. they are a quality/economical set of dies that you can FL size or neck size.

The main issue between full length and neck sizing generally is consistency and brass life. You should FL size ANY brass you will use the FIRST time through a particular rifle. After that, you can neck size only neck sizing only allows brass to form to your rifles chamber and create optimum headspace. I dont mean to sound like a lawyer but buy a reloading manual (Sierra or Nosler for ex.) and read through it, I did and became highly enlightened..
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Old 01-08-2012, 12:06 PM
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Re: 2 reloading questions

I would say Redding is the top of the range, then Foster. However, before selecting a Lee I would prefer taking a Hornady dies set. Their seater dies is not the same as the Foster Benchrest, but it give good seating with very low runout.
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Old 01-08-2012, 12:14 PM
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Re: 2 reloading questions

I started with the cheapest RCBS dies. I don't know about their top tier dies.

I have been using Redding and Forster and cannot tell a difference between them.

If you want to spend the money pay someone to make custom dies for you. Can't go wrong.
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