Originally Posted by Nikkel
Thanks again for all your responses. I am enjoying the learning process and knowledge that you all are willing to share.
Now I need some help on the dies. Sounds like that may be more important than the press provided I am using a top quality press like the rock chucker or the Forster. ( unless I change my mind I am leaning toward the Forster CoAx)
As for dies it seems to be boiling down to the Forster Full length benchrest Ultra set with micrometer or the Redding full lenth S match grade set with micrometer.
What do you guys think.
Folks will argue till their death that this die or that die is best. I use a small handfull of RCBS dies, and a couple others here and there. But day in and day out it's either a Forster or a Redding. Don't neck size with any threaded dies these days, and do all that with an arbor press and either Wilson or custom built dies. Accuracey wise there's not a lot of difference between all the better full length dies. The Forster is slightly different in the location of the sizer ball, and I'm pretty comfortable with their setup over the others. Others can't see the difference, and I also can understand that. But seaters are a different story. All are pretty much the same, except for the better Reddings and all the Forsters. Either of these latter two are probably better than the whatever press you end up with. Do you need a micrometer head? I doubt it! I use them, because I swap bullets on a regular basis, and shoot the same caliber in more than one rifle. The nice thing about the Forster is that you can add the micrometer head later if so desired. Both companys sell VLD seater stems if needed.
I load all my hand gun stuff with Lyman dies. I've just not found a better die for expanding the case to seat cast lead bullets. But my single shot stuff is loaded with Forster stuff. I don't own a roll sizer, so I don't do 40 S&W and 45acp (I have the dies)