OAL consistency issue with Redding dies, Berger VLD's

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by 300WinMagNewb, Jul 19, 2011.

  1. 300WinMagNewb

    300WinMagNewb New Member

    Dec 27, 2010
    I am loading for a 300 RUM on my Lee classic cast press, with a set of redding dies, and loading 210 Berger VLD hunting bullets. I am having issues with consistent OAL, I'm getting differences of up to .005" per load, and am not certain why. Any thoughts on something I might be doing wrong, or is this just par for the course? I certainly hope it isn't, that is just too much of a difference. Thanks in advance.

    Also, using never-fired OEM brass all checked and are consitent OAL, FYI.
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2011

  2. ZSteinle

    ZSteinle Well-Known Member

    Jan 30, 2008
    could be seating the bullet on the tips and not the ogive. Non uniform tip or meaplat can cause this issue i would call redding and get the new thread on bullet seater made for the berger VLD's and comes with dial for changing seating depth, i think they run $50 or so.


    ICANHITHIMMAN Well-Known Member

    Jan 31, 2008
    How are you measuring them? If your not using a kit that alows you to measure off the olgav your going to get a diffrent reading every time you try and take a measurment off the tip.
  4. AaronVan

    AaronVan Member

    Jul 8, 2011
    i had this problem till i realised the meplat is not uniform at all in the bergers. Use a comparitor for the best results. let me know how they preform i have a box to load for my rum as well but put on hold to work on my lar-8 and build a 338-300 ultra mag(edge)
  5. sp6x6

    sp6x6 Well-Known Member

    Dec 8, 2009
    Im guessing that you are measuring off the ogive, and that the seater is seating them more off the tip area. I had this problem with my bergers, I just ran a small drill bit in seater and gave clearance for long tip difference, 5minute job, solved my problem