Re: Advise on Bushing Dies Please
IMO the bushing dies are not as useful unless you outside neck turn. If you leave the expander ball in then you might as well be using a cheaper full length die. The bushing will size the neck smaller just like a full length die and then the expander will expand the neck back out to the size of the expander ball. It wouldn't matter what size bushing you got because the expander is going to determine the inside dimensions of the neck.
Now you can take the expander out and that will mean the outside dimension of the neck will be the size of the bushing and that is preferable to using the expander. However if you have neck brass that has an inconsistant thickness then all the hills and valleys will be transferred to the inside of the neck. If you have very consistant neck thickness then this will not matter.
If you neck turn your brass to a consistant thickness and use the bushing die without the expander then you are in control.
An alternative method is to take the expander out of your full length die or neck die and outside neck turn the brass thickness to a consistant thickness and one that will give you the bullet grip you want.
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