Redding of Forester

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by ofdscooby, May 6, 2015.

  1. ofdscooby

    ofdscooby Well-Known Member

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    I've been wanting to step up my dies a little I have a connection to get forester stuff but I have also been looking at the redding type s combo. What would you guys prefer for a 7mag and why?
     
  2. ShtrRdy

    ShtrRdy Well-Known Member

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    I have some of both and I think they are both excellent. For some reason these days I've been buying Redding.
     
  3. 601handryan

    601handryan Well-Known Member

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    I've recently purchased the Redding comp seater die and so far I have been pleased with it. I to was torn between Redding and Forster. I ended up going with Redding basically because that's what most are using. You will probably be pleased with either one you get.
     
  4. Corey Schwanz

    Corey Schwanz Well-Known Member

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    Which one is in stock? :)

    Redding does seem to be the preferred brand by more people but not by much. I have used both and both are excellent. Forsters are probably a bit cheaper if you are budget conscious. If you want the interchangeable bushings, Redding's are tough to beat. Forster has some bushing dies, but not the selection Redding has.

    You can't go wrong with either.
     
  5. WVGuns

    WVGuns Well-Known Member

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    Ive been upgrading all my dies to the redding type s and so far love them. Getting the correct size bushing on the first try can be a bit tricky but other than that im loving them.
     
  6. ofdscooby

    ofdscooby Well-Known Member

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    Thanks guys I have the basic Redding dies with the micrometer addition on the seater and like it. I would like to upgrade to the bushing dies and have a hook up available for the Forester dies that come with a significant discount. But I want accuracy to make my decision not the discount.
     
  7. 601handryan

    601handryan Well-Known Member

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    If you've got connections like that then I'd go with the Forster dies. Both are excellent.
     
  8. scantling

    scantling Active Member

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    I have both dies and one real difference I have noticed is in bullet seating. The Forester seats .001-.002 tolerance concentricity. Redding as bad as .006 out comp. die.
     
  9. scottishkat

    scottishkat Well-Known Member

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    I like the redding as well. I had problems with the competition seater and consistency until I started sorting bullets base to ogive.

    The titanium nitride bushings for the type s and competition dies are really great no lube at all.

    That said I have never heard a bad thing about Forster.

    Good luck and shoot straight

    Bob
     
  10. Trickymissfit

    Trickymissfit Well-Known Member

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    nice thing about Forster is that you can buy the sleeve, and ream it with your chamber reamer. For me the Forster is a little tighter, and seems to seat straighter. Plus there's the 33% Redding tax. Every bad die I've ever seen had Redding written on it
    gary
     
  11. Rich Coyle

    Rich Coyle Well-Known Member

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    The other day I was asking about loading straight ammo. It sure appears a Forester is in my future.
     
  12. RockZ

    RockZ Well-Known Member

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    Forster definitely
    I find the concentricity in the sizers and seaters very good.I have produced very accurate ammo with Forster dies... Numerous 3 shot groups between 1.02" and 1.5" at 565 yds
     
  13. Trickymissfit

    Trickymissfit Well-Known Member

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    I have came to the opinion that the only way I'll be neck sizing with a bushing die, will be done with a Wilson inline (or similar) die. Just works better everytime. I've got a couple Redding S die sets, and they were OK but not a Wilson (or even close to a Wilson). Have never used a Forster bushing die, so won't comment on them. Still I'd bet the Wilson is better.

    Then there is the issue of just how good of a die does one need? You can have the greatest die set on the planet, and use it with a press that's junk. You will get even more junk. Always think in the terms of system.
    gary
     
  14. phorwath

    phorwath Well-Known Member

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    I have both Brands of dies and like them both.

    You asked about neck bushing dies, BUT:

    One advantage to a Forster die is that you can order a non-bushing full length sizer die with the Neck ID custom ground to whatever dimension you prefer. Costs about $15. I've found this very convenient for a .223 Rem die I ordered from Forstner. I had the neck ID ground so that it barely sized the neck any smaller than necessary to hold my .224 bullets. I leave the expander ball in the die and it comes back through the neck with very little expansion. Maybe none. I don't outside neck turn my .223 casings, so this allows me a lot of flexibility in using this die on a variety of Brands of casings.

    My measured runout was greatly reduced compared to the former RCBS full length sizer die I had been using previously. The RCBS die was way oversizing the necks, and then pulling the expander ball back thru the necks of the casings was causing a lot of casing neck runout.