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Old 10-10-2011, 10:53 AM
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Re: Quality reloading equipment

just to add one more thing here. A lot of folks recommend buying kits from this guy or that guy. I don't! After about 18 months you end up replacing two thirds of the stuff for better equipment. I looked at stuff for over a year before I ever bought the first piece of equipment (press), and only then made my decision over advice from Bob Milek and a couple others. But the final thing was at the NRA Convention where they must have had fifty presses setup in a row sizing .308 cases. All were pretty much the same except for one, and that's the one I bought. My first dies were Forster, and bought them after a conversation with Fred Sinclair. Wish I'd have taken his advice on a case trimmer, but ended up going thru three or four before I picked up the Wilson. My buy on a measurer was by word of mouth, and looking at two or three others. In ended up being the Lyman with a Redding 3BR also in the running. (I had a buddy that used one, and used it for a couple weeks).You also will need a good set of calipers for measuring and maybe a good micometer down the road. I suspect that in Europe the pair of choice would be the Interrapid (they make the best dial indicators I might add). What I'm saying here is to buy good stuff and not have to make excuses a couple years later.

I've had very good luck with Lyman pistol dies thru the years, but there's nothing wrong with the RCBS or Lee's as well. I happen to like the way the Lyman crimps and expands the case mouth, but is it really that much better? I doubt it. Bottle neck cases are another game, and I only use Forster and Redding. I like Forster dies better if that matters. (Forster sells a really nice .308 National Match die set by the way). Sinclair sells the best priming tool on this planet, but I can't use it well due to a messed up hand (thanks to a 122 rocket). The K&M is shaped a little different, and I can use it it. Otherwise I'd own one of Fred's.

I do recommend buying good cases to start out with, and maintain them. I would not recommend neck sizing for awhile. This is something you have to work your way into, and with a factory chamber it often yields little if any results. I've been doing this since 1978, and I still consider myself in the learning curve. Yet I consider myself to be one of the lucky ones as I lived near some of the best shooters on this planet, and gleaned a lot of knowledge off of them
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Old 10-31-2011, 10:48 PM
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Re: Quality reloading equipment

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just to add one more thing here. A lot of folks recommend buying kits from this guy or that guy. I don't! After about 18 months you end up replacing two thirds of the stuff for better equipment. I looked at stuff for over a year before I ever bought the first piece of equipment (press), and only then made my decision over advice from Bob Milek and a couple others. But the final thing was at the NRA Convention where they must have had fifty presses setup in a row sizing .308 cases. All were pretty much the same except for one, and that's the one I bought. My first dies were Forster, and bought them after a conversation with Fred Sinclair. Wish I'd have taken his advice on a case trimmer, but ended up going thru three or four before I picked up the Wilson. My buy on a measurer was by word of mouth, and looking at two or three others. In ended up being the Lyman with a Redding 3BR also in the running. (I had a buddy that used one, and used it for a couple weeks).You also will need a good set of calipers for measuring and maybe a good micometer down the road. I suspect that in Europe the pair of choice would be the Interrapid (they make the best dial indicators I might add). What I'm saying here is to buy good stuff and not have to make excuses a couple years later.

I've had very good luck with Lyman pistol dies thru the years, but there's nothing wrong with the RCBS or Lee's as well. I happen to like the way the Lyman crimps and expands the case mouth, but is it really that much better? I doubt it. Bottle neck cases are another game, and I only use Forster and Redding. I like Forster dies better if that matters. (Forster sells a really nice .308 National Match die set by the way). Sinclair sells the best priming tool on this planet, but I can't use it well due to a messed up hand (thanks to a 122 rocket). The K&M is shaped a little different, and I can use it it. Otherwise I'd own one of Fred's.

I do recommend buying good cases to start out with, and maintain them. I would not recommend neck sizing for awhile. This is something you have to work your way into, and with a factory chamber it often yields little if any results. I've been doing this since 1978, and I still consider myself in the learning curve. Yet I consider myself to be one of the lucky ones as I lived near some of the best shooters on this planet, and gleaned a lot of knowledge off of them
gary
I agree with these points. I usually recommend the rcbs kit and advise selling pieces as replacement becomes necessary. Great points though. Could you please tell me what press you use, I want to upgrade my rockchucker to something more precise. I want a press that helps limit runout, not a liability.
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Old 11-01-2011, 09:20 PM
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Re: Quality reloading equipment

I'll second the recomendation for Forster dies especially the micro seating dies , for rifle reloads anyway. For pistol loads I've had good service with Lee dies. I use a Dillon 550 press for everything and it works great even for rifle. It is definately the cats meow for pistol reloads. Definately check out Sinclare for equipment.
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Old 11-02-2011, 09:18 AM
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Re: Quality reloading equipment

+1 on Trickymissfit's post. I used an RCBS press for many years before buying a Forster Co-Ax. I still use my RCBS occasionally but 90% of my loading is on the Forster. Get high quality tools and measuring devices. Wilson and Sinclair are top quality, and are available from Top Rated Supplier of Firearm Reloading Equipment, Supplies, and Tools - Sinclair Intl.
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