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Old 04-10-2010, 01:52 AM
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replacing bullet seating dies

Currently I use RCBS and Reading bullet seating dies for my reloads, I have seen both Reading and RCBS competition dies, simple question is it really worth it? With regular dies I usually keep sub 1/2 MOA from my loads, so what's big deal about competition dies and which are the optimal? I'm thinking either

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Old 04-10-2010, 07:50 AM
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Re: replacing bullet seating dies

If you're getting good results with what you have it's not likely you would see any improvement with the more costly types.

IF you should decide to get a "better" seater do get a Forster or Redding (no difference) but the RCBS "Comp/Gold Metal" dies aren't even in the same league with them for concentricity.
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Old 04-10-2010, 08:11 AM
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Re: replacing bullet seating dies

I use a Forster Ultra Micrometer die for my 7mm Rem Mag. It is great for seating VLD bullets. It allows quick and presice adjustment of seating depth.
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Re: replacing bullet seating dies

Almost every BR Shooter I know including myself use Wilson Dies and an Arbor Press.
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Old 04-10-2010, 08:29 AM
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Re: replacing bullet seating dies

So the only thing I will get is time I spend on adjusting one, I see, thanks!
Wilson dies require different press or I have to smash them with some hammer, the whole idea seems odd specially not having FL die to deal with. From what I understand Wilson only offers neck and seating die, well I am after good and consistent seating system, something that will exclude guess and tries with a bullet puller. So seating dies with micrometer attached is the way to go.
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Re: replacing bullet seating dies

I was speaking of the Seating die. I would tend to agree that your level of knowledge in handloading would be better served by the continued use of screw in type dies.
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Re: replacing bullet seating dies

Buy both.... seat a few bullets with each... measure the runout... keep the one that works best and sell the other... You might also look at the Hornady New Dimension seater, you can get a micrometer stem with it.

One thing I have heard is the Redding Micrometer is more accurate in adjusting actual depth than the Forster. I have Redding Comp seaters for my 300 RUM and 300 WSM and they are dead on when I make an adjustment.

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