Re: Which die should I use?
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if you have reloaded your cases twice or more they definitely won't fit in the gauge on our die.
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Am I understanding this to mean that a twice reloaded ( which by definition would mean no more than 3 firings) cartridge will swell to the point that unless its sized in your die, it will jam in my chamber? ive read this line about a dozen times now, and I can't figure how else it was meant. When I first saw your die, I thought that it was a pretty cool solution to a problem that could arise. I tried to purchase it a couple of times... only to find that it was out of production. After having fired many thousands of rounds without it, and having reloaded many hundreds of cases many times more than twice... I realize that it is a pretty cool solution to a problem that <u> MIGHT </u> arise. This tool is a neat idea, it really is, but suggesting that its use is mandatory... or that failing to use it after as few as 2 firings will result in a jammed case, is almost funny. On rare brass, in a oversized chamber, using brass without a thich enough web to support the belt... I could see that it would be useful or even mandatory... and the collet die is certanly the best way to do it. No doubt you were thinking when you put the idea together!
However: Your statement above is inaccurate to say the least. I fear that this statement will confuse a great many shooters getting into reloading who don't know any better.
Ill take one more run at this before im done just for clarity's sake... as ive been misunderstood before... This is a cool tool, and ill probably have one one of these days, but I think its utility has been overrated. It does what it does to the cases it needs done to... no doubt! Im just not sure that what it does needs done to the cases most shooters are using. That said, congrats on getting everything worked out, and being back in production! Ive also notticed that midway and others have picked it up as a standard item. Something else worth congratulations!
I would be curious to know what diameter you cut in the top of your die to use as a gauge. .513 is saami spec for most of these cartridges... .515? .520? Shooters thinking about purchasing your die may also be interested in this dimension, as it would allow them to determine its suitability to their particular rifle.