Re: Precision Reloading For Long Range Hunting by Jerry Teo
If you've got the money the Forster seems like the best press for benchrest reloading. I've got a love/hate relationship with my Hornady classic; the camming feature seems very valuble for consistant seating, however, you have to be careful while de-priming because a design flaw makes it kinda easy for primer chuncks to lodge themselves between the housing and the ram. Keep everyhitng greased and it shouldn't be an issue.
Die sets are something we need to know more about. What are you going to use them for, bolt action or semi? Precision or don't care?
For a no compromise bolt action die set, I went with Mystic's suggestions and bought a Redding Body only die, Lee Neck only Collet Die (a must for any bolt ation) and a Forster non-micrometer seater. I will definiately buck up and buy the micrometer seater next time; saves time!
For precision semi, I'd make similar recommendations because a FL die set will cause case run out, as explained in the article. For my M1 Garand, I bought an RCBS 2 die set because I could care less about run out, but for a precision M14, I'd do the body only, then neck only resizing. I didn't pick RCBS for any particular reason, but they do offer Short Base dies if you want to shrink down the case for extra reliable feeding in a semi-automatic. Lee FL dies were very tight as well I found, so use lots of lube!
I'd be interested in runout gauge recommendations as well. So far the Hornady looks like it is not going to do the job. The Sinclair has my eye.
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