It's curious that your dies are "inconsistant", don't know what to make of that. Actually, any die brand can have a range of fit to the internal parts, good ones are good and bad ones are not but all makers produce pretty good tools, on average.
Forster and Redding competion type dies are the best available, no question about it. Redding has a little better external finish but the Forster sizers - their expander design - are better than anyone elses.
All other die brands and designs are tied for second place. That's why Lee dies do so well in comparision tests! I would note that a single die set, however good or bad it is, is not statistically significant and does not determine the average quality of any brand.
Better tools do make it easier to do good work but I know people who have third class loads coming from first class tools. Quality reloads are much more dependant on quality loading methods than the tools used.
I believe my RockChucker is as good as any compariable press but the Lyman, Hornady, Redding, and Lee Classic Cast presses are just as good but will last no longer than mine. The Bonanza Co-Ax is perhaps at the top of the heap in easy to use presses and the Reddng Ultra-Mag is perhaps the single strongest press currently available.
Last edited by boomtube; 03-12-2008 at 12:15 PM..