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Old 01-06-2011, 11:23 PM
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standard versus match grade reloading dies?

I was flipping through the Midway catalog and noticed that they sell RCBS gold medal match reloader dies for about $150 per pair compared to the $30 pair of standard dies.

What is the difference between these two? Would I gain any advantage by using the match style dies?
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I was flipping through the Midway catalog and noticed that they sell RCBS gold medal match reloader dies for about $150 per pair compared to the $30 pair of standard dies.

What is the difference between these two? Would I gain any advantage by using the match style dies?
and at $150 they still won't be as good as a set of standard Forster C0-AX dies
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Old 01-07-2011, 02:35 PM
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Re: standard versus match grade reloading dies?

Well, they have a neet little side loading window in the seater so you can put bullets in there instead of at the bottom and I assume they still come in a really attractive fitted wood box. Other than that they are basically about equal to Hornady's. Lotta money for a neet little side window and a wood box tho.

Be a cold day in hades before I would pay anywhere near that for a lesser die than Forsters.
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Re: standard versus match grade reloading dies?

The RCBS Gold Medal dies are actually very high quality. They are my preferred dies for 1000 yard benchrest competition. I use the full length bushing die not the bushing neck only sizing die.
I have Redding competition die sets also but prefer the Gold Medal dies.

James
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The RCBS Gold Medal dies are actually very high quality. They are my preferred dies for 1000 yard benchrest competition. I use the full length bushing die not the bushing neck only sizing die.
I have Redding competition die sets also but prefer the Gold Medal dies.

James
only folks I've ever been around that shot serious 1000 yard competetion used either Forster or Redding dies with a Forster press (several of them)
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Re: standard versus match grade reloading dies?

"The RCBS Gold Medal dies are actually very high quality."

I agree the quality of the external appearance is quite high and not doubt that is reflected in the price... but $150 worth of shiney metal, neat knurling and pretty wood boxes is quite a bit of eye candy.

Anyway, the mechanical difference, IMHO, is RCBS' short, loosely fitted bullet guide sleeve design isn't in the same league as the Forster and Redding full body sleeve-straight line type seaters. And they both sell for signicantly less.

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Re: standard versus match grade reloading dies?

Most other folks I know who shoot 1000yd BR and win use Redding FL bushing dies and Wilson seating dies. If anyone I shoot competition with is using Forster dies Iím not aware of it. Since you brought it up I am a little curious how many people use Forster for serious LR competition.
Just because one doesnít follow the herd doesnít mean they are on the wrong path though.


Boomtube,
Aesthetics means nothing when it comes to reloading dies, all that matters is the ability to make reliable consistent ammo, whether it is for competition or hunting, especially long range hunting which is what this forum is about. That is what I meant by the quality of the Gold Medal dies not how they look.

Actually for some of the wildcats I shoot in competition, I made my own bushing resize dies and sleeves for the Gold Medal seating die but only because it wasnít directly available from RCBS.


James
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