Guys, I would like some opinions about die choices. I have used competition dies and regular dies and would like to know how you guys feel about comp seaters vs. regular seater and bushing resizers vs. regular.
First off, I will admit that I have no first hand experience w/ either. With that said, I will pass on the info that I have recieved: Bushing type dies are only necessary if you have to turn your cases (usually for a custom rifle) or if you want to seat your bullets really loose (some w/ single shot rifles like to do this). I plan on purchasing a comp seating die in the future to help increase the seating consistancy and I guess they are easier to adjust the desired seating depth.
I used to re-load but now I "hand-load".
-- Well, at least I try --
I like bushing dies because it allows me to adjust the neck tension on my cases , but I only bother with them in custom built guns , maybe I'm selling myself short on the factory guns but I feel that the standard style dies do a fine job and their are alot of other worries with the accuracy .
As for the seating dies , I use the Forster ultra mic top seaters as much as possible. Foir the price I haven found a die that seats straiter ammo. Well worth the money. !!!
Now I will say that the Lee collet dies are simply amazing and I would pay 5x what they cost to get them.
My personal die setup for 90% of my calibers is a Forster FL die, Forster Ultra comp seater and a Lee collet die. I do have several sets of Redding dies and they work great also , I have just found the above mentioned setup to fit me perfectly
I use Redding bushing dies and competition seaters. In the AR I just FL size with Forester dies.
Forester just came out with some bushing dies. They come with 3 different sized bushings then you can buy others but I heard they only offer the bushings in .002" increments. I was thinking of giving them a try.
I really like the Forster Ultra seaters. As said before, concentricity can't get much better. For sizing, I'd also agree that bushing dies must be matched to either a turned diameter or pretty consistent batch of factory loads.
The new Forster "bushing bump" die neck sizes with a bushing to size the neck and ALSO sets a consistent headspace at the same time - hence the "bump". It doesn't touch the body so the alignment remains good for the chamber.