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Old 11-19-2005, 07:22 AM
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lee collet dies/rcbs dies/foster bonanza dies/who\'s dies are best?

hi guys,i have used redding comp dies before and really liked them.now i'm looking for the best of the cheaper dies that will load the best ammo. any suggestions?
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Old 11-19-2005, 05:12 PM
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Re: lee collet dies/rcbs dies/foster bonanza dies/who\'s dies are best?

Why not go back to the Redding? They are still #1. The new Forester benchrest are good. The new RCBS micrometer dies are supposed to be like the Forester. Lots of folks use the Lee collet dies. You get what you pay for in seating dies. It is hard to beat the bushing type dies like the Redding if you want very low runouts.
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Old 11-19-2005, 07:02 PM
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Re: lee collet dies/rcbs dies/foster bonanza dies/who\'s dies are best?

i personally like to use Hornady New Dimension Dies. All of my dies are Hornady and I think they are just as good as the expensive stuff. don't go with lee, youd be better off hammering the bullets in and taking a needle and hammer for the primer. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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Old 11-19-2005, 07:35 PM
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Re: lee collet dies/rcbs dies/foster bonanza dies/who\'s dies are best?

usmc,do the new dimension dies(hornady) you speak of have the "new" seater system with the sliding sleve and bullet seater plug?i have a set of these and am not real fond of them.thinking about sending them back.the locating "sleve"in the seater die is generic caliber specific..308 is used for all .308 caliber cartriges,only locates the neck.bullet runout with this setup was not very good.have you checked yours?
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Old 11-20-2005, 01:31 PM
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Re: lee collet dies/rcbs dies/foster bonanza dies/who\'s dies are best?

What cartrige/cartriges are you reloading? I've reloaded dozens over the years, mostly with RCBS dies, however, I've recently gone to using Lee Collet dies. I bought a RCBS concentricity tester and was disappointed with the RCBS dies. The Lee Collet dies show almost no case runout and my 270 reloads almost no bullet runout (000 to .002 at the worst).

I am having a problem with 22-250 bullet runout. There is virtually no case runout with the Collet dies but the Lee bullet seater is having a hard time with those short .22 bullets. Bullet runout with the Lee seater runs .002 to .008. I also have Hornady's New Dimension dies and their bullet seater doesn't do much better than Lee's - bullet runout is .002 to .006.

I am going to stay with the Lee Collet dies for sizing but am considering the Foster or Redding seating dies for the 22-250. For larger calibers, the Lee dies are great "for the money" and are hard to beat without spending a lot more money.

Everyone has had different experiences with different dies,and of course the Reddings are the best, but for a "factory" rifle, I don't think you can beat the Lee Dies.
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Old 11-20-2005, 11:44 PM
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Re: lee collet dies/rcbs dies/foster bonanza dies/who\'s dies are best?

Do a search and you will quickly find a strong following using the Lee collet neck sizing die. I have not found any neck sizing die to be better, just more expensive.

I have used a variety of seating dies and usually find no big issue as the problems start at the sizing stage. The hornady seating die has a nice idea but more gimick then function. If they would make that sleeve actual cartridge specific, they would have a very nice set up. Same idea as the Forster.

Jerry
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Old 11-21-2005, 02:15 PM
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Re: lee collet dies/rcbs dies/foster bonanza dies/who\'s dies are best?

30-06Boy--What was the exact cause of your runnout. Are you saying that you had really good runnout after sizing but not after seating?? I've had really good luck with hornady dies but they may be slightly suseptable to different bullet profiles.

I have lee collet dies, forester dies and hornady.....The hornady (If the sizing die is set right) can make as good of finished ammo as the others...or at least so says my rcbs concentricity gauge.
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