Best Possible .338 Norma reloading setup?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by sdowney, May 4, 2012.

  1. sdowney

    sdowney Well-Known Member

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    I'm soon to be new to reloading but want to go first class for my .338 NM build. These seem to be my options for dies if we exclude RCBS:

    Forster Full Length Sizer and Benchrest seater?
    Forster Full Length Sizer and Ultra Micrometer seater?

    I could not for the life in me find any Redding dies for the .338 NM. I don't think I'll go as far as custom dies. Of note, their website is about as worthless as tits on a boar as you can't simply find your caliber and then see all the dies they make for it. And, when I download their catalog off the web site, a 2010 catalog comes up.

    It seems I'm stuck with Norma brass as it's pretty damn unlikely Lapua is going to put out brass in a competitor's caliber. I would like to shoot 300 grainers-either Berger OTMs, the forthcoming Berger hunting hybrids, or the 300 SMKs.

    Other than the usual necessities (press, scale, powder measure, deburring, etc) I assume a neck gauge and case trimmer are necessary? How about bushings for these particular bullets? Suggestions here?

    Once I decide on the equipment, there seems to be plenty of threads out there about specific loads.

    Thanks for your help!
     
  2. sp6x6

    sp6x6 Well-Known Member

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    Here is what I am shooting.87.5 Retumbo,Fed 215 M,300 0TM,.005 off lands.At 2750.Forester w/micro seater.Think my shell holder is RCBS 48,DONT RECALL.Norma brass is very good in my rifle, has been consistent.You want a comparator with bullet bushings and one for shoulder bump also.I use a concentricty gauge also,I have info on a custom bushing bump die,but have not gone that direction yet.Or might have my die honed.Some of my necks I turned,but playing with that,mine is a custom Defiance action.