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Redding Type "S" dies, are they worth the extra money?

 
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Old 02-07-2010, 08:35 PM
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Redding Type "S" dies, are they worth the extra money?

I'm getting two guns rebarreled to calibers i dont have, So I am starting to look at different dies. I've used redding dies (standard dies), RCBS dies and lee dies and I am wondering if the type S dies are worth the money. If they are I'll buy em, but I'd rather save the $$. I have little runout problems with my standaerd redding dies and lee dies and I pay attention to neck tension. thanks in advance, Brent
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Old 02-08-2010, 01:29 PM
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Re: Redding Type "S" dies, are they worth the extra money?

Hey Brent,

The S dies won't do much to increase/decrease run out (in most cases, anyway) but they are about the only way to ensure that you're in control of the neck tension of your ammunition. I'm a true believer and have used these for many years now, so you're free to take my comments with a grain of salt. Redding reccomends determining the correct size of bushing, and then getting one size (.001") on either size of this as well, so that you can alter the neck tension as needed. This may me advantageous for some types of shooting and less for others, but at least you have the option. And that, my friend, is their advantage!

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Old 02-08-2010, 05:02 PM
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Re: Redding Type "S" dies, are they worth the extra money?

Most reloading dies come with an expander since that is the last operation on sizing the case that set necks tension. Redding type S dies furnish's two type expanders I use the smaller one so that the bushing controls the amount of neck tension and you don't work the neck brass as much.

Sure be nice if every brand of brass had the same neck thickness bushing dies allow you to adjust neck tension by using different size bushing. I also use an inline seater Wilson,Jones and I think that combination has helped my groups.

I started using bushing die back in the early 80's shooting BR then made the change over to my regular rifles so for me I'm pretty set on bushing sizes and I've been slowly change over to the Redding type S FL die.

I shot appr 15yrs before I started using bushing die and I did pretty good with those type dies but when I look at the cost of the new Bartlein 5r barrel for the 280AI or Kreiger 5r for the 300WSM then the cost to have them chamber etc $60 (+ -) for a sizing die isn'tt all that much.

If your happy with your existing dies and your getting good groups stay with them. When you make a change you should be able to tell if it has help your groups if your not at that point or doesn't interest you why change.
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Re: Redding Type "S" dies, are they worth the extra money?

Personally i want to control neck tension for my longrange rigs.
I use bushing dies both redding, and have had forrester dies turned into bushing die by jlc precision as well.
Also, i never use an expander ball.
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Re: Redding Type "S" dies, are they worth the extra money?

I quit using expander balls many years ago when I realized just how many problems they can introduce. Since then I use, exclusively, bushing dies.

The "S" dies that I have didn't cost me extra money. They actually saved me money because before I started using the "S" dies I only used Redding Competition Bushing dies which cost quite a bit more.

Yup - they're worth the money.

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Re: Redding Type "S" dies, are they worth the extra money?

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I quite using expander balls many years ago when I realized just how many problems they can introduce. Since then I use, exclusively, bushing dies.

The "S" dies that I have didn't cost me extra money. They actually saved me money because before I started using the "S" dies I only used Redding Competition Bushing dies which cost quite a bit more.

Yup - they're worth the money.


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Re: Redding Type "S" dies, are they worth the extra money?

I have been very happy with changing over to Redding type S, it helped me get control over some run out issues with expander balls and getting way more consistent neck tension without sizing the heck out of the neck.
Well worth the money, IMHO
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