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#7027321 - 01/06/18 12:57 PM New to reloading - which dies?
Amarillo.Hunter Offline
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Registered: 01/24/16
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Loc: Amarillo, TX
Hey all,
Wanting to get into reloading. Wanting to load for my 257 Weatherby and 300 WSM. Both rifles are hunting rifles and not going to be entered into competition. But, I'd like to reload for the pride of rolling my own.

Are 3 piece die sets needed? RCBS, Lee, and Redding all seem to make reloading die sets.

Any advice is greatly appreciated.

I already have a Redding "the Boss" reloading press.

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#7027341 - 01/06/18 01:26 PM Re: New to reloading - which dies? [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
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Two-die sets are sufficient. I'd suggest Redding or Forster dies. Lee, RCBS, and all the rest are perfectly functional, but Redding and Forster are a cut above IMO.

After you've gained experience you MIGHT be interested in neck sizing and all that, but I'd suggest sticking with conventional FL sizing for a while. Keep the number of variables and distractions at a minimum until you know your way around.
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#7027383 - 01/06/18 02:19 PM Re: New to reloading - which dies? [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
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Two piece die sets are just fine. Also make sure and get the best caliper you can afford. Hornady headspace gauge kit, and bullet comparators are also some tools to help tune your ammo to your specific chamber.
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#7027395 - 01/06/18 02:29 PM Re: New to reloading - which dies? [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
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Registered: 01/24/16
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Loc: Amarillo, TX
Thanks guys,
Ordering some Redding two die sets, shell holder, and will check out the calipers, headspace gauge kit, etc.

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#7027398 - 01/06/18 02:31 PM Re: New to reloading - which dies? [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
Amarillo.Hunter Offline
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Registered: 01/24/16
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Loc: Amarillo, TX
Are these the headspace gauge kit you referring to Fireman? https://www.midwayusa.com/product/479704...with-comparator

And, what is a good brand of caliper? Any to stay away from?

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#7027406 - 01/06/18 02:40 PM Re: New to reloading - which dies? [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
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Originally Posted By: Amarillo.Hunter
Are these the headspace gauge kit you referring to Fireman? https://www.midwayusa.com/product/479704...with-comparator

And, what is a good brand of caliper? Any to stay away from?


The Hornady comparator is what I use and severl others on here.

Starett and Mitutoyo are top notch. Deals can be found on Amazon and Ebay.
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#7027408 - 01/06/18 02:43 PM Re: New to reloading - which dies? [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
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Originally Posted By: Amarillo.Hunter
Are these the headspace gauge kit you referring to Fireman? https://www.midwayusa.com/product/479704...with-comparator

And, what is a good brand of caliper? Any to stay away from?


That's the ones.

I have a U.S. Made Starett dial caliper, buy they're not cheap.
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#7027415 - 01/06/18 02:52 PM Re: New to reloading - which dies? [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
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Registered: 01/24/16
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Loc: Amarillo, TX
Dial or digital calipers?

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#7027419 - 01/06/18 02:56 PM Re: New to reloading - which dies? [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
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Registered: 01/24/16
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Loc: Amarillo, TX
And, anything more affordable? These Starrett calipers (American made) are pricey!

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#7027423 - 01/06/18 03:05 PM Re: New to reloading - which dies? [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
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I like an analog dial. Measuring that precise, I don't want to think about battery life or the temperature of the processor.

Read reviews on Midway USA for more affordable calipers. Those reviews tend to be reliable. And Midway does not censor bad reviews.
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#7027424 - 01/06/18 03:06 PM Re: New to reloading - which dies? [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
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Registered: 01/24/16
Posts: 109
Loc: Amarillo, TX
What about the Hornady dial calipers?

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#7027434 - 01/06/18 03:27 PM Re: New to reloading - which dies? [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
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Those are usable. You don't have to have the very best to do good work, but Starretts sure are nice. Digital calipers are fine, too, and can be had for about 25 bucks. You're not likely to see these make an error that will make a detectable difference, but going top tier does instill a bit of extra confidence. Top quality tools definitely have a finer feel, but you can get by with less.
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#7027457 - 01/06/18 04:09 PM Re: New to reloading - which dies? [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
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Originally Posted By: Amarillo.Hunter
Thanks guys,
Ordering some Redding two die sets, shell holder, and will check out the calipers, headspace gauge kit, etc.


great choice but get their carbide sizing button, for each, these are very good. get digital calipers cheap, take the battery out when not in use.

don't read too much on here. its not that difficult
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#7027476 - 01/06/18 04:27 PM Re: New to reloading - which dies? [Re: FiremanJG]
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Registered: 08/15/17
Posts: 82
Loc: Arlington
Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
Two piece die sets are just fine. Also make sure and get the best caliper you can afford. Hornady headspace gauge kit, and bullet comparators are also some tools to help tune your ammo to your specific chamber.
Fireman said it all great info

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#7027518 - 01/06/18 05:14 PM Re: New to reloading - which dies? [Re: Amarillo.Hunter]
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The only three piece sets I see have a crimp die added. A lot of dies like RCBS already crimp during the bullet seating stage.

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