The rifle builder may be able to make or modify dies. Maybe not.
I've had neck/seating/body dies made by a riflebuilder who finished my barrels. In that case, I had provided die blanks, and a full reamer set, including rough/finish, and a sizing reamer all of my design. This worked out perfect for me. Probably lucky, as it was my first and boldest shot at it.
For several other guns, I've sent fired brass off to JLC Precision. Jim makes dies for a living and knows all the tricks. He provides a bushing neck sizing-body die. He can polish one out, or use your finish reamer.
Not sure how exactly he does this, but I haven't had a single problem.
For these guns, I've been using stock Wilson seating dies.
So to answer your questions;
- JLC makes a die like the Redding FL bushing die, and can make them using YOUR fired brass. So that's custom without your barrels or reamers in hand.
There are other diemakers who do this as well.
- I hold my reamers because I want EVERYTHING the same for the life of the gun. Reamers are built to my drawings and I can set sizing perfect because I always hold all brass in-hand before ordering reamers.. I have barrels finished in pairs, so that my eventual swap will not set me back.
For one gun I had BAT make me a dummy action of my design, so that I could get new barrels finished without taking the gun out of service. Bruce loved it. Rev2 is in the works now.
I'd love to see other smiths make dummy actions, along with HS gizzies, when finishing barrels.
Last edited by Mikecr; 07-24-2008 at 05:23 PM.