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Re: Custom Lee Collet Die in 7.62x54r

Postby ShootnMathews » Thu Oct 03, 2013 5:59 pm

I understand what you are saying about flexing the neck twice. I like to use the redding bushing neck dies for my long range guns. Seat a bullet in a sized neck and measure the neck with calipers, subtract .002", and that's the size bushing you want.

With this method I regularly neck size brass with no expander ball and no lube and have just the right amount of neck tension. Bullets are plenty tight enough to not move under shock. I don't know if they make a bushing die for 54R though. I'll have to look into it.

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Re: Custom Lee Collet Die in 7.62x54r

Postby Shepard » Fri Oct 04, 2013 6:48 am

Redding is so expensive I've never investigated the product line. Sounds interesting, did not realize that they custom made bushings to your size.
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Re: Custom Lee Collet Die in 7.62x54r

Postby Grimstod » Fri Oct 04, 2013 9:09 am

Shootmathews now I know how you get such good results from your Mosin. I will have to check them out. My family uses RCBS stuff right now but it's not to late for me to switch
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Re: Custom Lee Collet Die in 7.62x54r

Postby Shepard » Fri Oct 04, 2013 12:14 pm

Well if you decide to change -- Redding is just down the street from you --- for me it just up the street. There located in Cortland NY. There about 45 minutes from my house.

http://www.redding-reloading.com/


I just checked the Redding site and was totally stunned. A 2 piece die set for 762x54r sells for 96.00 --- a few dollars more and that is what I paid for my Lee press and set up.
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Re: Custom Lee Collet Die in 7.62x54r

Postby ShootnMathews » Fri Oct 04, 2013 8:33 pm

I did some checking. Redding does not Make a bushing die for 54R but the length to the shoulder is 1.76" and a 300WSM is 1.8". So I may get one of those and a bushing and give it a try. I also measured several rounds loaded with 311 SMKs. Looks like the bushing I need is .331" for lapua brass and an smk.

So far over the years I have used lee dies, rcbs and redding. They all are capable of producing fine loads. I do think the redding may be slightly better. Now for producing the best shooting loads for one gun. I am sold on reddings bushing dies. Expensive, yes. Worth it? To me for a one time investment that I believe shaves 1/4-1/2 Moa off of the group it's definitely worth it.
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Re: Custom Lee Collet Die in 7.62x54r

Postby Shepard » Mon Nov 04, 2013 7:08 am

With this method I regularly neck size brass with no expander ball and no lube

How can you you use a friction die with no lube and not damage the brass? Is the sizing part of the die made of carbide? Carbide dies by what I understand don't require any lube.
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Re: Custom Lee Collet Die in 7.62x54r

Postby ShootnMathews » Mon Nov 04, 2013 7:59 pm

 
Shepard wrote:With this method I regularly neck size brass with no expander ball and no lube

How can you you use a friction die with no lube and not damage the brass? Is the sizing part of the die made of carbide? Carbide dies by what I understand don't require any lube.
 

It's a bushing neck sizing die. You only need lube on the body of a case about to be full length sized. I never put any lube on the neck or shoulder of a case. So, with my neck sizing dies no lube is used. The lube isn't really for protecting the brass. It's for keeping the brass from sticking in the die. Never had any problems with any stuck cases or problems of any kind following those guidelines.

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