Die choice

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by 340Shooter, Aug 25, 2012.

  1. 340Shooter

    340Shooter Well-Known Member

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    Just bought a .338-378Wby and was wondering what dies to buy. Too bad Redding does not make Competition.
     
  2. dig

    dig Well-Known Member

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    I started with RCBS that came with the rile a quickly changed to Redding with the VLD seater added. Prob get flammed but the RCBS are very difficult to work with. I need to sell them. I have switched most everything to Redding. Redding and Lee seem to be most robust, easy to work and consistent. You will get all kinds of opinions.
     

  3. Robinhood493

    Robinhood493 Well-Known Member

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    I haven't used anything but RCBS and Hornady. I feel the Hornady is way better than RCBS.
     
  4. Trickymissfit

    Trickymissfit Well-Known Member

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    first of all you gonna eventually need a better .378 full length die than the brands you mentioned (and others here). You'll need the die from Inovative Technologies as well as a regular full length die. Forster does the .300/.378 die, and it wouldn't be much of a job to open up the seater sleeve to the correct diameter. They also can build you a custom die set for your application that will cost you about the same as a Redding bushing die set. Just send them three once fired cases out of your chamber. But down the road you'll still need the Inovative Tech die to completely resize the case just above the belt.
    gary
     
  5. dig

    dig Well-Known Member

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    Innovative does not make a collet die large enough for the 378 based Weatherby cases. Great product, wish they did, however if you set your dies up correctly you can work fine without one. Upgrade to Redding or Forster thats all, you will be fine with them. I like the VLD seating stem with Redding better than others. Polish your expander that helps as well.
     
  6. SidecarFlip

    SidecarFlip Well-Known Member

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    I'll jump into the fray and say Hornady dies bite. I like Redding better. Hornady makes good brass except for the .338 caliber....:)
     
  7. Trickymissfit

    Trickymissfit Well-Known Member

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    a conventional full length die will night size the last quarter inch or so above the belt. It's just the way they work. You'll get maybe four or five firings at best out of a full length sized case, and those cases are not cheap.
    gary
     
  8. deputyrpa

    deputyrpa New Member

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    Forster Micrometer seating die set. Dial in the COAL for that freebored animal.
     
  9. Joe King

    Joe King Well-Known Member

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  10. SidecarFlip

    SidecarFlip Well-Known Member

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    I'm pretty partial to the RCBS Gold Medal march Dies, especially the bullet seater die with the front drop in window and micromenter head.
     
  11. 340Shooter

    340Shooter Well-Known Member

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    Do they make these dies in .338-378Wby though? I checked Forster and RCBS and neither make competition style dies. And Forster makes none at all.
     
  12. SidecarFlip

    SidecarFlip Well-Known Member

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    I bet if you contacted RCBS directly in California they would make a set up if they don't have them commercially available.
     
  13. Joe King

    Joe King Well-Known Member

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    with the Redding S type set I doubt you'd ever look for a different die at all:)