Reloading dies

Discussion in 'Reloading Equipment and Components' started by RockyMtnMT, Mar 14, 2010.

  1. RockyMtnMT

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    OK, I am hoping that there is a member here the makes, or knows of someone who does, custom reloading dies. Am looking for .338 Lap Imp and 6.5x47 Lap Imp. So far what I have found is about 6 months out. I have found a couple sources that are 3-4 months, but are $500 plus. I guess like much of the custom gun stuff, it seems outrageous. CH dies is the most reasonable price, but 6 months. Redding is 16 weeks.

    Hoping one of you know something that I can't find.

    Frustrated,

    Steve
     
  2. phorwath

    phorwath Well-Known Member

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    Have you checked with Forster? They may need the chamber reamer to build a custom set of dies though.
     

  3. RockyMtnMT

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    We have the reamers, so that is not a problem. Have you used the Forster dies?

    Steve
     
  4. phorwath

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    Yes, I own and use some Forster dies. They're considered to be a pretty high quality die (tolerance wise) at a moderate price range. A working man's Redding Die. They may not be finished quite as nicely on the exterior as the Redding dies, but their tolerances are equally good to go IMO.

    If you've got the reamers I think you're in business. Give'm a call tomorrow when they open and see what they can do for you. I'm pretty certain I read in their literature that they will manufacture a custom die if provided with a chamber reamer. The time frame wasn't too outrageous, and their cost for custom dies was also quite reasonable.

    I've attended a couple of SHOT SHOWs and Forster always has a display booth. I've picked up their literature and that's where I read about their custom die service. I'm pretty sure I'm providing good intel, but please correct me if you find out my infornation is bogus. I'd like to know.
     
  5. lewellan2

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    why not buy a blank and have your gunsmith who did your chamber do your custom die? just a thought.
    Dano
     
  6. loaders_loft

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    Spoke with Forster yesterday. They are $25 +thecost of the die and 3week turnaround. You provide the reamer. I have a few Forster dies and they are very nice.
     
  7. dirtball

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    If you have the resize reamer these guys can deliver a blank die in less than a week.
    Dave


    Newlon Precision
     
  8. phorwath

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    Thanks for posting this information. That's a bargain. Now we'd need to confirm that the reamer they require is the chamber reamer, rather than a resizing reamer which would be different reamer manufactured a few thousanths smaller in diameter. I'd be using Forster's service if the chamber reamer is sufficient and I owned or had access to the chamber reamer.
     
  9. Boss Hoss

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    All of my dies are made by my smith who makes them at the same time he chambers. Then the 12L14 goes to be carborized then back to be polished and blued. Not cheap but they are perfect. The seating die is a Wilson that can be reamed to finish dimension and it is done. Be careful with the 338 Imp---not every version is the same. I have several rifles in 338 Slowpoke which is a improved version and my reamer may not be the same as yours --- a small difference ruin case life, accuracy etc.
     
  10. phorwath

    phorwath Well-Known Member

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    Your smith has a 2nd reamer manufactured slightly undersized compared to the reamer used to cut the barrel chamber? For purposes of making the dies?
     
  11. Boss Hoss

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    Yes I do it is easy--- Kiff knows my rifles are built by Speedy (except the wood ones) and knows the drill when I order reamers to Speedy's specs. All of mine are sitting in a box so when I need a new tube or die I will have them if needed. One thing Speedy taught me ALWAYS keep your reamers and do not let anyone borrow then.
     
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  12. bandit10-4

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    X2 on the Newlon route, They are a little pricey but they are the best! And Boss, can I borrow one of your reamers??? lol, jk
     
  13. Boss Hoss

    Boss Hoss Well-Known Member

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    No problem-------



































































    As Long As Speedy Uses Them!!

    Am serious as a heart attack about that!!
     
  14. 338 LEGEND

    338 LEGEND Well-Known Member

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    You dont need the under sized reamer if you build a bushing die and a body die. Newlon dies work great for this.