Re: Wondering how important die selection is?
I was using standard dies for all of my cartridges, now I use bushing dies on some, neck sizing on others and a full length re-size on others. As far as seating goes I prefer the micrometer seating dies. I think most brands are good to go. Just remember that some dies are designed for specific purposes, much like rifles. A generic 308 will give generic results, custom 308 will give specific results. a 308 built for CQB is going to be allot different than a 308 built for long range accuracy, just as a standard hunting 308 will be different than the before mentioned, and as with rifles some prefer Redding over RCBS and some Forster over Hornady. I have some RCBS and some Lyman, Forster and others and with proper care they all get the job done. But depending on what you want some make life allot easier.
my preference for my bolt guns are a consistent neck tension, proper shoulder bump, and proper bullet seating.