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Redding micrometer VLD seating stem

 
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Old 03-25-2013, 03:14 PM
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Re: Redding micrometer VLD seating stem

If you have the lyman stem you should be able to just drill it out. I don't know what a lyman stem looks like but I have done this on a few others. I just used a bit one or two sizes smaller than the existing hole in the stem and drilled another 1/8-1/4 inch to get the meplat into so it would not bottom out on the stem. I just held the stem in my fingers and used a hand drill, pretty easy.

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Old 03-25-2013, 06:12 PM
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Re: Redding micrometer VLD seating stem

"I suspect it does" Is that just an assumtion? Or do you actually know?"

I can't see your Lyman die and Redding stem so I can't know anything but I suspect you don't have the die body and stem set up properly. If you want a longer OAL you sure won't get it by screwing the seating stem down but I'm not sure I understand what you can't get it to do! Try this:

1. First, run an empty but sized case fully up into your seater.
2. Turn the seater die body down until the case mouth lightly contacts the internal crimping ring; then turn the die body back UP about a quarter turn - no more - and tighten the lock the ring right there.
3. Back your Redding seater stem up, way up.
4. Place a bullet normally and run the case back up to seat the bullet; continue lowering and raising the case while slowly turning the seating stem down in small steps until you have the OAL you want.

That will get you the most adjustment lattitude possible, bet you'll be fine. But, if not, you've done all that can be done so use the original Lyman seater stem. And you likely won't need to drill the seating cup deeper but if you do it sure isn't difficult.
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:45 PM
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Re: Redding micrometer VLD seating stem

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"I suspect it does" Is that just an assumtion? Or do you actually know?"

I can't see your Lyman die and Redding stem so I can't know anything but I suspect you don't have the die body and stem set up properly. If you want a longer OAL you sure won't get it by screwing the seating stem down but I'm not sure I understand what you can't get it to do! Try this:

1. First, run an empty but sized case fully up into your seater.
2. Turn the seater die body down until the case mouth lightly contacts the internal crimping ring; then turn the die body back UP about a quarter turn - no more - and tighten the lock the ring right there.
3. Back your Redding seater stem up, way up.
4. Place a bullet normally and run the case back up to seat the bullet; continue lowering and raising the case while slowly turning the seating stem down in small steps until you have the OAL you want.

That will get you the most adjustment lattitude possible, bet you'll be fine. But, if not, you've done all that can be done so use the original Lyman seater stem. And you likely won't need to drill the seating cup deeper but if you do it sure isn't difficult.
I have set it up exactly as you have stated, thus the issue of having the stem cranked all the way in to get my longest OAL. I am @ 3.455 OAL which equates to .010 jam. The shortest OAL I could get was 3.385. These are all for 7mm Rem Mag....I just feel there should be more useable adjustment IMO. I will be fine as long as 1 of the 3 different OAL's I have loaded up shoot/group well from my rifle.
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