Redding Competition Seater Die - VLD Stem?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by estrat, Mar 14, 2014.

  1. estrat

    estrat Member

    Apr 16, 2009
    So I have been using the Redding Competition Seating Die for my 7mm RUM and have been loading the Berger 168 gr. VLD hunting bullets. Is the stem that comes with the seating die sufficient for loading the VLD type bullets? It appears that the seating stem is just touching the bullet ogive when I pull it apart.

    The reason I ask is because I saw a "Redding Competition Long VLD Seater Stem" on Sinclair International and wondered if that was meant to be used for the competition seating die or a standard die.
  2. Gene

    Gene Well-Known Member

    Jan 23, 2007
    The bullet tip (meplat) should not touch the bottom of the seater cup. The best way to determine this is to put a dab of Prussian Blue on the tip and see if it transfers to the cup. If it does, contact Redding for a deeper cup or drill yours slightly to eliminate contact.