Re: Redding Dies-vs RCBS
You will be happy with the Redding dies.
If you want to do it right, get the competition seater. For sizing, there are a couple of routes you can take. You can get a neck sizer and body die. If you get the neck sizer, then get the floating expander button and put a rubber "O" ring above it. This will help keep the neck straight as it is being sized. You would need to call Redding and get the part number then order thorugh Midway or somewhere. If you order right from Reddiing, you'll pay a lot more. Another technique to help center and align your case with your throat is to leave about 1/4 - 1/3 of your neck unsized at the shoulder. This will leave a small doughnut which will align your case with your throat. A good practice, especially for factory chambers.
Another way to size is with a bushing die. This requires neck turning which isn't all that hard to do. The advantages of bushung dies are...
- Less working and stressing your necks.
- Being able to adjust your neck tension, and
- Consistant neck tension
Also, you can use the same die (with different bushings) to load different calibers of the same cartridge, i.e., 7mm RUM and 300 RUM or 30-06, 270 and 25-06, etc. or make a wildcat.
Bushing dies are what I prefer.