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.