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.338 Lapua Reloading Die questions

 
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Old 08-15-2013, 07:53 PM
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.338 Lapua Reloading Die questions

Finally did it and put an order in for a custom .338 Lapua. Now I haven't reloaded for close to 6 years and got rid of all my old stuff. Now that I have about a 1500 dollar shopping cart at midwayusa I still need to select a pair of dies. Seems Foster and Reeding are the most recommended. I'm having issues figuring out the which set though, there are ones with 3 dies and 2 dies. From 300 dollars to 30 dollars...
First question, how important is the neck sizing? I have never done this, does Lapua brass need to have the neck resized along with body after every firing? Or only do neck?

Which do you do first, neck then body?

317.00 Redding competition bushing 3-Die Neck sizer set, Is the extra 200 dollars really worth it?
117.99 Redding Deluxe 3 die?
96.99 Forster Ultra 2-Die set 338?

Any other quirks I should know about reloading this round other then having to give away my first born for powder and Bergers?
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Old 08-15-2013, 08:00 PM
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Re: .338 Lapua Reloading Die questions

I am a Redding fan. The competition seaters are fantastic. For my 338LM I bought the type-S bushing die set, with body die and comp seater. I have a few smaller calibers where I use the comp neck sizer die, and it is nice too. I typically bump the shoulder 2 thou every time I load, so I am considering a FL bushing die for my next build (vs using the body die and neck bushing die in separate steps).

My strong preference for loading accurate ammo is to use a bushing set-up and a competition seater. All of my set ups are Redding, but I have heard great things about Foster as well.
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Old 08-15-2013, 08:06 PM
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Re: .338 Lapua Reloading Die questions

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317.00 Redding competition bushing 3-Die Neck sizer set, Is the extra 200 dollars really worth it?
This is what I use and love them. They use to be $220 but have went up like everything else. I still buy them as they work so well for me. If you just want ammo there are less expensive routes. If you want precision hand loads then this is what I recommend.

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Old 08-15-2013, 11:01 PM
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Re: .338 Lapua Reloading Die questions

My 338L

Redding neck / bushing and body dies
RCBS Gold Medal seating die
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Old 08-16-2013, 08:12 AM
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Re: .338 Lapua Reloading Die questions

Alright so doing some more reading here is where I'm at....
With the redding comp 3-set you are able to select different bushing's for the neck sizer in effect allowing you to use this with just about any caliber?

Which bushing do you use with new Lapua brass? 365? After how many loads typically would you have to go to a larger bushing such as 366? Am I understanding this concept correctly?

So which die should you use first, the neck or the body? I'm guessing neck first?

Oh my other question is how big of roll does the actual shell holder play here? Seems to be it simply holds the case.

Iv read the information on redding website on this, but still confused is there somewhere else I could read up a bit more?
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Old 08-16-2013, 08:26 AM
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Re: .338 Lapua Reloading Die questions

Neck sizing dies are NOT interchangeable between (most) calibers. The bushing just gives you the flexibility to precisely control neck tension and eliminate over-sizing (ie constricting the neck way down then re-opening it on the upstroke like a conventional FL die).

New Lapua brass should not need to be sized, neck or otherwise. Just load and go!

For bushing selection, Redding recommends that you measure the OD neck diameter of a loaded round (in the brass you intend to use) and subtract 1 or 2 thou. I always end up buying 3 or 4 bushings to cover a range, especially if I intend to load using different brands of brass. I'll see what bushing I am using for 338LM (Lapua brand) later today and post it. It will be FYI only, as you will need to make sure your brass isn't slightly thicker or thinner thus needing a different bushing size.

As far as sizing, a lot of guys only neck size for bolt guns. After a number of firings, the brass is difficult to chamber so they use the body die to bump the shoulder back slightly. I personally do this step at every reload as a matter of preference. I typically body size first and then neck size. Not sure it matters...
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Old 08-16-2013, 08:29 AM
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Re: .338 Lapua Reloading Die questions

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Any other quirks I should know about reloading this round other then having to give away my first born for powder and Bergers?
One more quirk - you need to FIND powder and Bergers and then beg someone to take your firstborn in exchange. Other than that you have it covered!
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