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Posted: 12/14/2010 6:57:02 AM EDT
does it make much difference actually which type of bullet seating die one uses as far as improved accuracy?
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 5:41:13 PM EDT
Can't say if it gives better accuracy or not, but I can say a die with a micrometer head is easier to set up and make small adjustments with.
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 6:14:58 PM EDT
The real advantage of a precision seater is that it has a sliding sleeve that aligns the bullet & case before the seating plunger starts to push the bullet home, thus minimizing run out.  Forster makes these with and without a micrometer seater, Hornady makes one without and Redding with.  I have a Hornady and a Forster, neither with micrometer, both work well but I have a slight preference for the Forster.  If you use a lot of different bullets with different seat depths, get a micrometer die.  My Forster is for .223 and I run a lot of 55 gr. flat based varmint nightmares on a Dillon 550, this die makes it painless.
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 7:11:53 PM EDT
awesome.  thanks for the info.  just ordered a forster so will go down that road!
Link Posted: 12/14/2010 8:40:44 PM EDT
I just picked up my first micrometer seating die for 300 blk.  Its the Forster one and it's pretty nice.  I didn't know about the sliding portion that aligns the case up to the bullet as straight as I could ever hope for.  For a marginal extra expense initially, I think the micrometer die is worth it because of the imceased precision and ease of adjusting seating depth.
Link Posted: 12/15/2010 8:29:45 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/15/2010 11:35:48 AM EDT
Having used a micrometer top Forster and a micrometer top Hornady, along with standard seaters...buy the micrometer top version. Lots easier to use. I think the Forster is better quality, but it's also a lot more expensive.
Link Posted: 12/15/2010 4:51:52 PM EDT
I have one Hornady and 2 Forsters, one with the micrometer head and one without.  All 3 have a similar design.  I like to lap a bullet to a certain die steam, on a forster, that happens to be part J-30. A note with the Forster dies, for some reason some people don't see them as the top notch equipment that they are when items sell on ebay.
Link Posted: 12/15/2010 5:35:55 PM EDT
The Lee has a floating bullet seater as well
Link Posted: 12/15/2010 5:54:38 PM EDT
I thought about getting a Redding Comp Seater and after experimenting with my Dillon Seater and using a Hornady comparator insert I found out I get really consistent results so I saved my $$
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