Which seater die?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by fireroad, Aug 23, 2010.

  1. fireroad

    fireroad Well-Known Member

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    I'm getting ready to order dies for my factory chambered 700 in 260 rem. Over the years I have picked up dies based on budget and the best info I had at the time. For the .260 I have settled on a Lee Collett for the neck and Redding body for FL but I'm not sure whose seater to use. I don't need a top end competition die as this is a factory hunting rifle. I'm leaning towards Forester BR as I've heard great reviews and the price seems right.

    Since i've got your attention I figure I'll list some of my other die combinations and see if any of them are worth improving upon: All are factory 700 rifles.

    243 WIN: Lee Collet, Redding FL, Redding Seater (thinking of adding redding body)
    280 REM: Lee Collet, RCBS FL, RCBS Seater (thinking of adding redding body)
    300WSM: Redding FL and Seater (thinking of adding Lee Collet and redding body)
     
  2. M_freeman

    M_freeman Well-Known Member

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    I kinda got the same question I am just getting into this but want a seater die that I can get very accurate seating depth and no bullet run out. Looks like you get what you pay for, the Forster BR does look good.
     

  3. dirtball

    dirtball Well-Known Member

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    For a hunting cartridge my recommendation would be a Redding "S" type Full Length sizing die and a Forster Micrometer Seating Die.
    The Redding allows you to control neck tension from light for single shot rifles to tight for repeaters with any brand of brass by changing bushings.
    The Forster allows you to control seating depth without spending a long time fiddling with the seating stem and lock nut, and if you keep good notes switching to different bullets is as simple as readjusting the calibrated knob.
    Dave
     
  4. 300R

    300R Well-Known Member

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    I use the forster and redding comp seaters they are both great,u wont go wrong with either one,i like seating dies that have a collar to guide the bullet.
     
  5. bigbuck

    bigbuck Well-Known Member

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    +1 I might add that redding copied forsters seater die (atleast thats what I was told by 6mmbr.com . ) The forster is alot cheaper than redding , I just recently bought the forster micrometer comp seater die and it works great . It also seems to have made a difference with my groups or it was one of the steps that made a difference.

    My vote forster comp die:)

    Bigbuck
     
  6. M_freeman

    M_freeman Well-Known Member

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    I am new to this but aren't I better off only neck sizing instead of FL sizing as I have the brass already fireformed? which provides more accurate bullet alignment (less run out) FL or fireformed w/ neck sizing?
     
  7. bigbuck

    bigbuck Well-Known Member

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    What i've started doing is what i've read that some very good LR shooters do on this site . I FL size then I shoot the round in my gun to fire form to my chamber once I get that I will bump the sholder back no mare than .002 Thous. I'd rather keep it at .001 Thous. I can get roughly 2 to 3 loads just bumping the sholder back then I have to start the process all over again. but i've got very good accuracy doing it this way. My 333 yard group was .691 and a 700 yard group was 2 inches both were 3 shot groups. I feel that this method must be pretty good . Try and see if it works for you. Someone shared it with me on this site and It works:)

    BigBuck
     
  8. fireroad

    fireroad Well-Known Member

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    Would I be better off with the Forster Ultra 2-Die Set 260 Remington and a Lee Collet die then the Collet die, Redding body die, and Forster Ultra seater?

    What would I lose if I went with just the standard Forster BR Seater?
     
  9. bigbuck

    bigbuck Well-Known Member

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    That's the one I use in the link. I believe the sells rep told me that the only difference is the BR doesn't have the micrometer adj. I'm not 100% sure though.

    maybe someone that has always used forester products will chime in and give more help.

    BigBuck
     
  10. fireroad

    fireroad Well-Known Member

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    Do you use the FL die as well, or just the seater?
     
  11. bigbuck

    bigbuck Well-Known Member

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    I've only got the seater die for now . but I plan on using the forster fl die in the future . don't laugh too loud but I use a standard RCBS FL die . I set it up so I barely bump the sholder of my fire formed case I use the hornady tools to tell me when i've moved the sholder back .001 or .002 . I really enjoy talking to rcbs techs they are very helpful and will share with you other ways to get the job done with what you have at the time.

    Bigbuck
     
  12. 300R

    300R Well-Known Member

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    bigbuck is correct about the forster seater they are the same except for the micro adj,you wont lose anything not having it.I have always been a redding user but the last two sets of dies i have purchased have been forster they are great, it's hard to ignore good value in these current economic times.I have purchased one of the forster bushing dies,i have a few redding type so i am curious to see how this one performs because it's a whole lot cheaper.
     
  13. Autorotate

    Autorotate Well-Known Member

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    This is 100% correct. If you have a Forster BR seater and find you wish you had the micro meter top, you can convert it for $36 with a conversion kit from Forster to a "Ultra" BR seater with a micrometer top.
     
  14. Trickymissfit

    Trickymissfit Well-Known Member

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    I second the Forster seater. I have just about every brand out there in my stash, and the Forster is always the best unless I use a Wilson seater (even then the difference is less than .0005" TIR)
    gary