Arbor press nessecery for Wilson dies?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Beowolf, Mar 22, 2007.

  1. Beowolf

    Beowolf Member

    Nov 27, 2006
    I'm looking to step up to Wilson type seater dies for my 308. I only go out shooting about 1x per week and I only shoot about 30 rounds per outing so I'm willing to sacrifice speed for quality. My question is do I need an arbor press or can I get away with a rubber mallet?

    Intuition says that wacking a die with a rubber mallet is not a good way to achieve a precise seating, but it is listed by many people as a way to use these dies. Would this still be a step up over Forster seaters with a Co-Ax press or do I need to upgrade to an arbor?
  2. goodgrouper

    goodgrouper Well-Known Member

    Sep 3, 2004
    Depending on how much bullet grip you have, sometimes you can flip the die over and lean on it and it will seat a bullet. Other times, a gently whack with a rubber mallet will work but it will loosen things on the die over time and isn't very nice to them. Just get an arbor press. Try Brunos for a Sincliar. Should be around $90 and that green will be soon forgotten.

  3. EddieHarren

    EddieHarren Well-Known Member

    Nov 27, 2005
    I have used a mallet on neck sizing dies but never on the seating die. I have seated bullets by hand but it gets old pretty quick. I kmow an old BR shooter who uses an old bottle capper to seat bullets in a Wilson type die.
  4. Dan B

    Dan B Well-Known Member

    Jan 16, 2002
    Check around the web for a used arbor press. Got mine for $65 shipped.