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Which seater die?

 
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Old 08-23-2010, 07:22 PM
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Which seater die?

I'm getting ready to order dies for my factory chambered 700 in 260 rem. Over the years I have picked up dies based on budget and the best info I had at the time. For the .260 I have settled on a Lee Collett for the neck and Redding body for FL but I'm not sure whose seater to use. I don't need a top end competition die as this is a factory hunting rifle. I'm leaning towards Forester BR as I've heard great reviews and the price seems right.

Since i've got your attention I figure I'll list some of my other die combinations and see if any of them are worth improving upon: All are factory 700 rifles.

243 WIN: Lee Collet, Redding FL, Redding Seater (thinking of adding redding body)
280 REM: Lee Collet, RCBS FL, RCBS Seater (thinking of adding redding body)
300WSM: Redding FL and Seater (thinking of adding Lee Collet and redding body)
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Old 08-23-2010, 09:21 PM
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Re: Which seater die?

I kinda got the same question I am just getting into this but want a seater die that I can get very accurate seating depth and no bullet run out. Looks like you get what you pay for, the Forster BR does look good.
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Old 08-24-2010, 06:57 AM
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Re: Which seater die?

For a hunting cartridge my recommendation would be a Redding "S" type Full Length sizing die and a Forster Micrometer Seating Die.
The Redding allows you to control neck tension from light for single shot rifles to tight for repeaters with any brand of brass by changing bushings.
The Forster allows you to control seating depth without spending a long time fiddling with the seating stem and lock nut, and if you keep good notes switching to different bullets is as simple as readjusting the calibrated knob.
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Old 08-24-2010, 07:30 AM
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Re: Which seater die?

I use the forster and redding comp seaters they are both great,u wont go wrong with either one,i like seating dies that have a collar to guide the bullet.
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Old 08-24-2010, 08:32 AM
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Re: Which seater die?

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I use the forster and redding comp seaters they are both great,u wont go wrong with either one,i like seating dies that have a collar to guide the bullet.
+1 I might add that redding copied forsters seater die (atleast thats what I was told by 6mmbr.com . ) The forster is alot cheaper than redding , I just recently bought the forster micrometer comp seater die and it works great . It also seems to have made a difference with my groups or it was one of the steps that made a difference.

My vote forster comp die

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Old 08-24-2010, 11:11 AM
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Re: Which seater die?

I am new to this but aren't I better off only neck sizing instead of FL sizing as I have the brass already fireformed? which provides more accurate bullet alignment (less run out) FL or fireformed w/ neck sizing?
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Old 08-24-2010, 11:49 AM
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I am new to this but aren't I better off only neck sizing instead of FL sizing as I have the brass already fireformed? which provides more accurate bullet alignment (less run out) FL or fireformed w/ neck sizing?
What i've started doing is what i've read that some very good LR shooters do on this site . I FL size then I shoot the round in my gun to fire form to my chamber once I get that I will bump the sholder back no mare than .002 Thous. I'd rather keep it at .001 Thous. I can get roughly 2 to 3 loads just bumping the sholder back then I have to start the process all over again. but i've got very good accuracy doing it this way. My 333 yard group was .691 and a 700 yard group was 2 inches both were 3 shot groups. I feel that this method must be pretty good . Try and see if it works for you. Someone shared it with me on this site and It works

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