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Re: Reloading Dies - Question

" is there a real advantage to getting the Forster f/l die as well? "

Yes. Should have mentioned this earlier but... Anyway, the Forster FL die is, IMHO, the best FL die available. It has an expander button that screws up the decapping rod to a point just inside the neck when the case is fully inserted. Only that design can center the expander immediately as the case starts being withdrawn. That's a MUCH better design than any expander ball that hangs far down the decap rod and allows the neck to drift and expand off center as it works.

Delta, I was ONLY addressing the "small base" part of the issue, not the "bump" part. I think Graf's is right about the small base body die BUT not all target chambers are any tighter than SAMMI specs minimum so the small base dies may not be required. Almost certainly not for bolt rifles but autos? Maybe. Small base dies ARE recommended for autos but I wonder how often they are really needed for smooth chambering.

Anyway, a "custom" chamber that cannot chamber a normal size round would appear to be, in effect, a wildcat, not simply a snug but standard SAMMI chamber of an existing cartridge. IMHO.

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