I never intended to insult you or any fellow shooter out there. You'll have to admit that it's a bit tough to really know who you're talking to, unless you really camp out on a forum and evaluate the technical knowledge of each individual shooter - and that takes too much time.
I've experienced the "Am I the only one?" syndrome myself a few times with customer service, but never with any reloading manufacturer. The customer service guy that answers the phone usually isn't the genius running the company. I usually waste no time going over their head to get problems like this solved.
After reading about all the RCBS problems reported, there does seem to be quite a few horror stories out there .... and even though I have never seen a single problem with them .... it does make you wonder.
It sounds like you need to get the right guy at RCBS to make things right for you. Ask for "Allan Jernigan" at 800-533-5000. I know that he will give you his full attention, and he know what he's doing. Give him a chance to explain and resolve your problems before trying to sink his company.
Keep in mind that even if you buy Redding dies .... if it's not their S-Series die .... it probably won't be much better than anybody elses conventional sizing die. The Redding S-Series die is awesome. It's much more expensive, but well worth the price.
No offense taken Innovative. I was not referring to you in my earlier post. I was talking about certain people who like to lie in wait for something they can use against someone while in the meantime, step right over the obvious in their haste. If it were a snake it would have bit them!
And I agree that it is too hard to size up each individual person on an entire forum so there will be advice given that is old hat to the poster in question. In my personal collection of dies, I own no RCBS. They are all Redding or custom hand dies. It was not all the anticipated problems with RCBS that I chose not to use their stuff, it was simply the fact they they took too long to get bushing dies and micrometer tops with sleeves to the market. Redding had them and if they didn't, they would make them for me. Redding is also owned and operated by shooters the way that RCBS used to be back in the day. I know three guys at REdding who shoot benchrest and/or highpower every day off they have. This instills confidence in their R&D department from potential buyers.
Thanks for the info with RCBS. I will deal with your contact from now on. And please understand I was not trying to "sink his company". I doubt one man could ever do that anyway. I am just reporting a problem and what was told to me after I contacted them to fix it. I hope RCBS doesn't sink, I just want them to improve. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
On a side note, I have had this "bumping problem" with a custom die I bought. It was on a 6ppc die that was designed to size nothing but Lapua 220 russian brass changed to 6ppc. Given chamber dimension differences, this cartridge is the closest thing to being identical that there is from gun to gun and it was .005" too long for my brass. So even in a cartridge that is pretty much standardized, consistent and figured out, you can still have die issues. Rather than cut off a $150 custom sizing die, I opted on that one to just cut off the shellholder. Problem solved. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
If they will not change the length of their die bodies, why couldn't RCBS or someone else make shellholders that are thinner in increments of say .005"? Make some at -.005", -.010", -.015", and -.020" for the severly long dies. I don't think they would have to do it in all their shellholders, just maybe #3, #4, #10, #43, and #32 just to name a few. Redding already makes thicker ones so it wouldn't be too hard to make thinner ones. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
The puzzling thing about RCBS is that they have never been known for having the best dies just the best selection. they have always been innovative but at times misguided in there direction. but in my opinion RCBS hit a homerun with the "Chargemaster Combo", if they could just put the same attention to detail (quality control) into there dies it would make a lot of us very happy.
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