redding competition die set 308

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by johnhhernan, Apr 23, 2014.

  1. johnhhernan

    johnhhernan Well-Known Member

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    What am i missing? I just bought the Redding 3 piece die set and it has full body sizer, a neck sizer and a bullet seater. Which one do I use to resize the neck so I can insert a bullet. One would think the neck resizer right? Well here is where i am being stupid, it won't resize it just pops the spent primer out which is good but I also want it to resize the neck PLEASE help a dumb old fool. I took it apart to see how it works.

    It will bottom out before it will resizes anything
     
  2. bill123

    bill123 Well-Known Member

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    If the die is bottoming out on the shell holder and not contacting the case at all, you may have a bushing die. Can you post a photo?
     

  3. coyotekiller82

    coyotekiller82 Well-Known Member

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    Yep, more than likely a bushing die. You will need to buy the correct sized bushings for the neck die.

    Redding suggests the following for bushing selection:

    "The easiest way to determine the proper diameter bushing is to measure the neck diameter of several loaded or dummy cartridges with an accurate micrometer. (These dummy cartridges can be loaded with your old set of dies or a borrowed set.) Then, simply subtract 0.001" from the cartridge that had the smallest average measurement. This will allow for a slight amount of spring back and create a proper press fit for the bullet."
     
  4. bill123

    bill123 Well-Known Member

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    Check out German Salazar articles on bushing dies here:
    The Rifleman's Journal: Articles Index
    Lots of great articles. It's a bit of a PIA to get set up but bushing dies are the way to go.
     
  5. johnhhernan

    johnhhernan Well-Known Member

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    Thanks bill and coyote, Yep thats what it needed. I called and measured and ordered. I wish they would say something before i order thats okay. It'll be here in a couple of days.
     
  6. SidecarFlip

    SidecarFlip Well-Known Member

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    Next time you are in the market for dies, take a hard look at John Whidden's die sets www.whiddengunworks.com

    I have them in 338 Lapua and 308. Beautifully made dies that come complete with a bump gage, extra expamder balls and take Redding or Wilson bushings in the case of bushing dies or no bushing in the case of the standard FL and NS dies.

    Mirror finished inside with lock rings that are a work of art, worth a couple extra bucks IMO.