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Setting up Forster benchrest sizing die help

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Old 01-11-2011, 08:48 PM
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Re: Setting up Forster benchrest sizing die help

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Old 01-12-2011, 02:36 AM
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Re: Setting up Forster benchrest sizing die help

I screw the expander lower than it should be, but not so low that the bottom of the stem will contact a case and bend the expander stem.

I then size a case in the die.

I then screw up the expander until I can feel that it is touching the neck/shoulder juncture. I then screw the expander a little lower to provide clearance. Probably a revolution or 1 1/2 (haven't done it in a bit).

I then withdraw the case and with the expander just starting to contact the case neck I tighten the expander lock ring (although it's not really "tight" but self centering because of the rubber washer in the newer Forsters).

You then need to test a few cases t obe sure that the expander is low enough and that you aren't collapsing case shoulders. Also bear in mind that if you use thicker brass the setting may be wrong and you may buckle shoulders.
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Old 01-12-2011, 11:42 AM
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Re: Setting up Forster benchrest sizing die help

Ok, thanks for all of the good replies guys. Just one problem......I don't know what the hell you are talking about!! Ha Ha... This is one of those times that I think it's best to see it done rather than have it explained how it's done. I tried google, but cant find any videos on setting this thing up. Any ideas? I'm sure it's really simple, but I just aint picking up what yall are laying down.
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Old 01-12-2011, 09:49 PM
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Re: Setting up Forster benchrest sizing die help

CRNA---I have Forsters for my 25-06 and 30-06s that I bought and my buddy used them to load for me until recently when another friend gave me all of his reloading equipment. The way I read the instructions for the die is that it is already factory preset. If you read your instructions and they say the same thing, I think you won't have to do anything if you haven't messed with that adjustment yet. I just ran the die down onto the shell holder with it up all the way according the instructions. I ran 50 cases through to deprime the once fired brass, as well as 50 new brass. I ran them all through my rifle and all went in and the bolt closed with exactly the pressure that I like. I think I'm okay and I hope somebody will tell me on here if I'm not! I don't plan on priming and loading any for a while yet, but I did already set the seating die up for my RCBS press according to the instructions for it using loaded rounds as my reference to do it. This was necessary for both dies because he was using a Lee press.
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Old 01-12-2011, 10:05 PM
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Re: Setting up Forster benchrest sizing die help

If you have misplaced the directions, they are located at link....At least those who are trying to assist can point out using the same document your looking at...

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