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Old 06-08-2009, 11:45 AM
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Wilson Inline Seating Dies

Lets hear all the pro's and con's of Wilson Inline Seating Dies. Anyone had any problems with thier brass not fitting correctley and having to send the dies to wilson? Any problems with them rusting even though they were oiled? How do they stack up accuracy wise against the more common threaded dies? Don't be bashful.
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Old 06-08-2009, 11:58 AM
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Re: Wilson Inline Seating Dies

Wilson seaters do a good job if the rifle, shooter and reloader are good enough to know the difference.

They can do virtually nothing for factory rifles using off-the shelf brass.

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Old 06-08-2009, 12:06 PM
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Re: Wilson Inline Seating Dies

Have you ever had any problems seating VLD bullets or any sort or marring the ogive?
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Old 06-08-2009, 04:16 PM
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Re: Wilson Inline Seating Dies

I've used the seating dies exclusively for 5+ years. They do rust, but no problems with vlds.

I've used them in the pursuit of producing low runout rounds. They're super easy to use and adjust, just measure the "stem" and adjust seating depth accordingly. They're just as versatile as a micrometer seating die just a lot cheaper. Wildcats are not a big deal, just have your smith ream with the same chamber reamer as your rifle.
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Old 06-08-2009, 04:25 PM
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Re: Wilson Inline Seating Dies

I use wilson for seating 223 50blitzking, 6br 95berger, 6xc 105jlk, 6.5wssm 139lapua.
Haven't had an issue with the seating plugs(neither bottoming bullet tips, nor marring).
Haven't had fitting issues(the 6xc & 6.5wssm were blanks cut with my reamers).
They do surface rust from handling(I've never actually seen oil prevent rust). But they don't rust inside, unless you store em in a bad environment.

I setup mine with the mic tops.
If Wilson seaters aren't as good as any, I'd be surprised.

I also favor Wilson neck sizing dies. Now, they might not be 'the best'.
But I have alot of bushings and hand dies are what I'm used to.

I use screw-in dies on a big press for body sizing, and neck expansion.

I'm sure Wilson would provide any mods needed on standard cartridge dies. If a wildcat, then you would probably need to provide the reamer set and pay a fee.
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Old 06-08-2009, 06:56 PM
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Re: Wilson Inline Seating Dies

I use Wilson seaters for 99% of my reloading the other 1% since Wilson doesn't make them in some calibers I use a Neil Jones arbor seater. Testing loads etc I'll seat at the range that allows me to adjust seating depth and if a load doesn't look good I don't have to pull bullets.

I've been using the Wilson/Jones dies 23 years now never had a problem with rust and I don't oil them. I'll wipe them off and run mop inside plus I keep them in the orginal box covered. Most of my rifles have been rebarreled so they work for my rifles.

I'll give you a list of my Wilson seaters--17machIV,17Rem,221 FB,223,223AI,243,243AI,

i've been using the arbor dies so long hard to get use to anything else. Well good luck
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Old 06-09-2009, 09:13 AM
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Re: Wilson Inline Seating Dies

So far so good. How would they compare to the redding competition micrometer dies? Even with the interchangable bushings and the micrometer they are still threaded dies which allows for alingment problems when screwing them into a standard press. I see that wilson offers steel bushing as opposed to the titanium nitride that redding offers. Do the steel bushings wear out any faster than the tiN bushings? Lastley, as stupid as this sounds........how do you get the brass out of the wilson neck sizing die afterwards. Is there a punch or something similar? Thanks guys.
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