338 edge shooters

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by smallblock, Mar 17, 2007.

  1. smallblock

    smallblock New Member

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    Well I just had a 338 edge built and now need to buy some dies. Redding quoted me 16 weeks to get a die set? /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif So I am now looking at a different alternative. I read on one post you can use a 375 RUM die to FL size and a 338 RUM neck die to final size. I was wondering could you use a Redding bushing die either a 375 or 300RUM with the proper bushing size for the 338 Edge? Next question would it be possible to use a Redding competition seating die 338 RUM?
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  2. Dave Squires

    Dave Squires Well-Known Member

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    Smallblock,I use a Redding comp.338 Ultra seating die for my 338 Edge,Works perfect.For sizing I bought the 338-300 Ultra die.As far as using the ultra bushing sizer I was told the neck juncture was different and would not work.I cannot tell you,But get the 338 Ultra comp. seater it works great.
     

  3. jeff 300

    jeff 300 Well-Known Member

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    get a hold of shawn c on here he had my dies to me in 4 days and a good price to boot
     
  4. smallblock

    smallblock New Member

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    Thanks guys for the info, I figured it would have been to easy if I could use a bushing die. I will contact Shawn and see what he can do for a die. I would like to use the comp seating die though.
     
  5. robbor

    robbor Well-Known Member

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    Not in relation to the 338 but redding told me as far as their bushing dies go to only use them +/- one size, but you may want to check with them. Also now adays seems like everybody is doing custom dies. You may be able to get a cheap set through lee or hornady. You may also want to think about getting a sizer then getting one of Wilsons SS seater dies(hand die SS prec,mic,$80), they are supposed to be very good.
     
  6. davewilson

    davewilson Well-Known Member

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    i talked to one fellow that simply uses a set of RCBS FL 338RUM dies and gets amazing accuracy.just play with the depth of the sizer until you're bumping the shoulder a bit.same thing with the seater.you could load with these and see if you get acceptable results. might not need to dump a bunch of money into dies.

    i've used a Hornady generic 338 seater ($15) and get very straight ammo.of course i have a Forster FL sizer that's had the neck reamed to my spec's.i also had a wilson blank cut with the same reamer that chambered my rifle.haven't tried any ammo with it yet though.

    i'll bet next time you get a gun you won't wait till you have it in your hands to start thinking about dies. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
  7. smallblock

    smallblock New Member

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    i'll bet next time you get a gun you won't wait till you have it in your hands to start thinking about dies. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif

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    Ya that is for sure, when I originally phoned Redding they told me that they had them in stock so I never gave it a second thought to buy them right away, along with $147.00 for a set of standard dies /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shocked.gif
     
  8. davewilson

    davewilson Well-Known Member

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    i remember someone saying a while back that redding made about half a doz sets of dies when they got an order for a 338/300rum.if you order when they have some, you're in luck.when they're out, they don't make any till they get another order. i guess in this case, timing would be everything!
     
  9. Herb D

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    FWIW, when I ordered mine from RCBS 3days ago they told me they had several sets on hand.