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Unread 05-11-2009, 01:15 PM
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Forster BR seater. Redding has copied it and sells theirs for more money but they don't work any better. The Micrometer heads are an asset for users but they don't add a thing to the accuracy of the ammo produced.

No seater can do much for you if the case necks aren't straight. Since there is no Lee Collet neck die for that cartridge, remove the exander ball and use the FL sizer you have. You really do need to expand the necks properly but get a Lyman "M" expander die for that job, and maybe a universal decapper for punching out the spent primers. The "M" dies work by pushing IN on the necks instead of pulling OUT. That design change leaves much straighter necks, on average, than a conventional expander ball.

If your case necks vary more than about .002" in thickness it would be helpful to turn them over maybe 60-70% of the circumference. The Forster "HOT-100" hand held neck turner is a very good one and the price is right too.
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Forster BR seater. Redding has copied it and sells theirs for more money but they don't work any better. The Micrometer heads are an asset for users but they don't add a thing to the accuracy of the ammo produced.

No seater can do much for you if the case necks aren't straight. Since there is no Lee Collet neck die for that cartridge, remove the exander ball and use the FL sizer you have. You really do need to expand the necks properly but get a Lyman "M" expander die for that job, and maybe a universal decapper for punching out the spent primers. The "M" dies work by pushing IN on the necks instead of pulling OUT. That design change leaves much straighter necks, on average, than a conventional expander ball.

If your case necks vary more than about .002" in thickness it would be helpful to turn them over maybe 60-70% of the circumference. The Forster "HOT-100" hand held neck turner is a very good one and the price is right too.
Does Lyman make that DIE in 338 rum.. I see it 338 WIN or how about a redding full length S die
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Re: whiich case trimmer and competition dies

Redding 2400 trimmer and Redding s type fl die and micro seater, thats all folks.
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"Does Lyman make that DIE in 338 rum.. I see it 338 WIN or how about a redding full length S die"

The Lyman M dies are caliber specific, not cartridge specific. The die for .338W will work fine for your RUM.

I see little benefit from ANY "bushing" die unless the loader has a tight neck that requires turning. But, if the necks ARE truned exactly right, the bushings are great. Otherwise you are only pushing the variations inside and then the bullets have to push them back outside. That's NOT good for best seating, IMHO.

In all honesty, a trimmer is a trimmer. Not very complicated. They all work fine, including the simple, inexpensive Lee case trimmers. I prefer the Lyman Universal trimmer simply because it comes with a set of 9 commonly used pilots AND its universal shell holder is both easy to use and a great time saver.
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