Originally Posted by Lonestar
I'm new to reloading and I'm wanting to buy some dies I've been looking at the wilson dies I have a arbor press already so these would be ideal in the fact that I can save some money buy not buying a foster , rcbs ect presses and the portability of the wilson die set up is awesome in my opinion . I will be loading the 7mm mag ill be reloading for hunting and target Shoting I guess my question is how good are the wilson died vs redding comp or dies should I save the money or spend the extra and get redding dies
Also what would be the pros and cons of the wilson dies and the other conventional dies
I use Wilson dies a lot, but there are a few things you need to remember about them.
* they don't full length size all that well (I don't even know if they still make a full length die anymore). But are at their best in neck sizing and bullet seating.
* You still have a generic sized die even if they do still make a full length die. So nothing gained here.
* If they don't do a full length die, thn you'll still need a regular press of somekind or another. Say a Lee cast iron press.
* accuracey wise, I find that the Wilson setup is about .0005" is better than the Forster dies (or Redding). To take this further, I find almost zero difference when I neck size and seat with a Forster seater in several different cartridges.
* I still find that a regular press and die does revolver rounds (44mag and 45 LC mostly) better.
* the Wilson seater works best with a small dedicated arbor press that will give you a certain feel as the bullet is seated. I use a K&M linked arbor press, and it's too light to even consider doing a full length resize operation
* the one really serious advantage the Wilson has over the others is when I reload at the range! Everything is small and compact.