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Help me choose a neck bushing for my Redding Die

 
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Old 11-18-2008, 08:43 PM
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Re: Help me choose a neck bushing for my Redding Die

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That being said I have a few more questions....

1. Does redding offer a decapping assembly for their dies that have no expander ball at all?...do i can totally rule that out.

2. Should I neck turn before or after sizing fired brass?

3. What about fresh new brass? I have a 500 count box of new brass that has some very visually crooked and out of round necks. How do I turn these? I may have to run them through a expander ball to get them in the ball park enough to see what I have. Some of the necks are almost square shaped:mad:
I hate to cull them out. .300 ultra brass is too damn expensive to do that.

1. Get a Universal DeCapper, works for all calibers and doesn't complicate the feel of the sizing operation

2. You will have to have a tight fit on the neck turning mandrel. With fired brass your inside neck diameter will be too large to get a tight fit. Depending upon your sizing die, the inside diameter of the neck after sizing may be too tight. That is why K & M (arguably the best neck turner) offers an expander as a precursor to using their neck turners in order to make the mandrel fit tight but not too tight. Personally I use a Lee Collet Neck Sizer which only sizes the neck .001" to .002" below caliber diameter and that works well with the Forster mandrels (they are very tight but workable).

3. New brass is when I outside neck turn. That is where I use the Lee Collet to straighten out the neck and prep them for turning.
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