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223 Seating Issues

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Unread 03-13-2013, 12:32 PM
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Re: 223 Seating Issues

A Foster Benchrest Seater Die is 1/2 the price of a Redding, but does the job just as good.
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Unread 03-13-2013, 07:45 PM
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Re: 223 Seating Issues

Well I made it out this afternoon and got to work with things a little more.

First I reset the seater die to make sure it was not crimping the cases. Then I removed the seater plug from the die and saw that it had a fairly thick lip around the edge, so I took my chamfer tool to it to make the bullet transition into the plug as gentle as possible. I made sure to chamfer the cases as smoothly and consistently as I could.

From there I decided to load single cases at a time in order to get a feel for what was going on in the sizing die. I could feel the bullets start to seat crooked as before, but this time the seating plug sheared off a small portion of the HP and the bullet seated as normal.

I went ahead and loaded to end of my powder supplies as these were mostly just plinking rounds, and i was almost out of powder. . .

Given that, does it still sounds like I need a new seating, and perhaps sizing die? Which set would you recommend for FB bullets? I have a bunch left and FB's are fairly common in the .224 bullets so it makes sence to get something that will work better. . .
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Unread 03-13-2013, 07:58 PM
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Re: 223 Seating Issues

First off, I'm not fond of a Dillon press except for straight wall pistol cases (I have one for that btw). I haven't tried to load rifle brass on it for a long time.

I don't get in a hurry so I use Rockchucker single stage and I load tons of 223's for myself and friends, boatails, flat base, mostly Hornady projectiles but I use thre RCBS Competition die set with their Competition bullet seater. It's front load and the seater plug self aligns. I always just normally chamfer the case mouths, no VLD..... and no issues.

One nice thing about the RCBS comp seater is not only does it front load, you can buy one micrometer head and just buy the seater bases for around 11 bucks for any caliber. Mine is very accurate, very repeatable and easy to use.

I may FL and neck size bottleneck cases with Redding bushing dies but all my seating is done with the RCBS.
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