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Unread 01-13-2012, 08:54 PM
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loading berger vld's

does anyone load 30 caliber berger vld's with le wilson bullet seating die?
i see that redding makes a different micrometer top just for seating vld's and it made me wonder if the vld bullet profile can be loaded well using wilson die.
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Unread 01-14-2012, 08:25 AM
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Re: loading berger vld's

I don't shoot 30cal but seat 26,24,22cal VLDs using Wilson dies. There are occasions when a VLD tip can bottom out in the seater plug, which is all things bad for consistent seating. When I ran into this, I just ran a loose fitting drill bit into the plug to extend the depth & relieve that contact point(bullet tip only).

You might not even run into this issue though.
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Unread 01-14-2012, 04:52 PM
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Re: loading berger vld's

I use wilson and other inline seaters with 30 cal VLDs and the seating stems can be modified for VLDs. You can ask for the VLD stem when ordering also, directly from Wilson.
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Unread 01-14-2012, 05:01 PM
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Re: loading berger vld's

It is always best to get the right plug for a vld or be careful and pay attention for tip damage. I have seen drilled plugs put a perfect round dimple around the bullet tip as all the force was concentrated to one area. I think some of this could be why there are instances in the field on game that can't be explained. I like to try to get a wide pressure area away from the tip. This is also affected by the amount of force to seat the bullet, and another reason I like to be able to control it with bushing dies and consistant neck tension.

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