Loading bergers

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by timmymic, Jun 13, 2013.

  1. timmymic

    timmymic Well-Known Member

    Sep 23, 2012
    When you guys load vld's do you have the use the redding die or will the other still be ok and have good accuracy?
  2. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

    Oct 13, 2008
    I use regular RCBS dies, and have no issues with accuracy.

    I have been considering buying the VLD seating stems just b/c I use VLD's for most every rifle I reload for.
  3. westcliffe01

    westcliffe01 Well-Known Member

    Jul 6, 2011
    If you already have a seater die, the best way to figure out if it is suitable for VLD's is to take it apart, get a hold of the part that internally touches the bullet and seat it on a sample bullet. It should touch only the ogive of the bullet. If it touches the tip of the bullet it is going to cause you fits.

    Sometimes a die like that can be drilled out so that it clear the bullet tip, but ideally a good die will make contact as far down the ogive as feasible since this is close to the position where the bullet will contact the rifling. The more consistent the "jump" the better they will shoot. The bullet tips tend to not be consistent at all and you can damage them easily too.
  4. PowellSixO

    PowellSixO Well-Known Member

    Mar 19, 2013
    I have a RCBS competition seating die and it works great. Another thing you can do though is take a loaded vld round and push it into your seating die and twist it a little. Pull it out and see where it leaves a wear mark. If it shows a wear on the ogive and not on the tip then you should be good. Like the others have said you don't want the seating die to press the bullet in from the tip, but from the ogive.