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Hornady Custom Grade "New Dimension" 2 Die Set? Good?

 
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Old 06-10-2010, 05:09 AM
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Re: Hornady Custom Grade "New Dimension" 2 Die Set? Good?

I have a set in 300wby . after I seated a nosler balistic tip 180grain and lowered the round out out of the die it would pull the bullet back out . the bullet was stuck in the seating stem . I did some research on this and found Hornady makes a special seater stem for the A-max style bullets , that's probably what I needed . I had already ordered a set of redding dies so I don't know if the A-max seater stem would have corrected this problem or not . that's my only experience with Hornady dies . Jim
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Old 06-10-2010, 06:27 AM
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Re: Hornady Custom Grade "New Dimension" 2 Die Set? Good?

I use 90% Hornady dies I love them!
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Re: Hornady Custom Grade "New Dimension" 2 Die Set? Good?

Yep bumping back with the seating die, that's how its done right........ Then you can load the bullet in backwards and the boat tail helps cut down on drag from the front with a nice gradual Ogive going backwards. Really streamlines things. No seriously, I made a typo sorry guys, it was the sizing die that had to be trimmed.....Oops
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Old 06-11-2010, 04:07 PM
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Re: Hornady Custom Grade "New Dimension" 2 Die Set? Good?

I have tried them and don't care for them either.I got a set of Hornady custom dies with my 338 Lapua Improved from the smith that built it but there is nothing custom about it.
I would not recommend them, nor will I ever buy another.
I would follow" WOODS" advice . You will be much better off.
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Re: Hornady Custom Grade "New Dimension" 2 Die Set? Good?

"Then you can load the bullet in backwards and the boat tail helps cut down on drag from the front with a nice gradual Ogive going backwards."

Ah yes, the legendary boat tail wad cutter!
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Old 06-11-2010, 04:58 PM
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Re: Hornady Custom Grade "New Dimension" 2 Die Set? Good?

one other thing about the Hornady dies that's a problem for me . I let the expander rod a little loose in the sizer die so it can float . my idea is if the expander ball can float it might not pull the case neck crooked . I don't know if this is true or not , I don't check run out . but on the hornady die you must keep the lock nut tight or the expanding rod slips through the threads of the collet style lock nut . hence their name " zip spindle " . Jim
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Old 06-11-2010, 09:21 PM
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Re: Hornady Custom Grade "New Dimension" 2 Die Set? Good?

Ditto on the "zip" spindle. If it zips in it can zip out just as easy. Had to tighten the nut VERY tight to get it to stay. I feel I can get good reloads (runout, seating etc) with these dies, but it does seem to take A LOT more work. This can probably be said of any production grade die set though. Gotta love the price. These dies work ok for friends that want reloads. I'll leave the handloads to custom dies.

Anybody ever attempt the "boat tail wad cutter"? If so please describe in detail (injuries included).
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