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smokinghole

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I traded a case of beer for a dormant Rock Chucker last week. Ive been looking at dies and here is a list of currently available.

Hornady
Lee
Forster bench set ( there was a micrometer set available but now the seater is sold separately)
Redding type d set
Redding type S bushing set
Redding national match set (I think type D mostly with a micrometer seater and tapered crimp)

I am primarily using Lapua brass and have a .264LBC chamber, I know I need a smaller decapping pin for the Lapua brass I am not opposed to spending the $200 on a Redding set, but if they really arent that much better, a $80 Forster set buys a few pounds of powder with the price difference. I prefer to buy once with things of this nature and I don't really want to screw with something to make it work properly. As it stands I am leaning towards the National Match set from Redding, but might just buy the Forster FL sizer the ultra micrometer seater and a Lee FCD which is a tad cheaper than NM set. What about the redding Type S, really that great? Or does everyone thats shells out the dough say they are great to justify spending more than twice as much as the guys with the $30-$80 die sets?

I am looking forward to loading and shooting some of the 95gr Lehigh Controlled Chaos bullets.
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Well I ended up with Forster dies in the end.  Gunstop.com had a special running.  I got a FL sizer and a Ultra Micrometer seater with a box of Hornady Amax 100gr and Nosler 100gr BT Hunting.  Got about 20% knocked off my order.  Plus they were the only ones in stock.  

http://myemail.constantcontact.com/News-from-Gunstop-Reloading-Supplies--Inc-.html?soid=1103691330994&aid=A_iz4k2OZ3Q
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I have the Redding dies never tried anything else so don't know how they compare.
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Well after reading some articles around online it sounded like a wash.  There were few that had both in the same caliber and some that did either sold all their Forster for Redding, or sold all their Redding for the Forster sets.  It seemed like a six in one hand and half dozen in the other, except for the price difference.  6mmBR even says that Forster came out with the Micrometer seater first and Redding copied its design.  I figure I won't see the difference and I saved more than $100 with the discount going for Forster.  
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I think you made a good choice. I own both Redding and Forster dies in various calibers and believe they are both of equal quality and are both capable of making excellent quality ammunition.

I don't happen to own a complete set from both manufacturers for the same caliber to be able to do a comparison unfortunately but I am normally a Forster guy exceot for my 280 Remington. I bought a Redding full length sizer bushing die even though I already had the complete Forster set. I don't remember if Forster was out of stock or if they simply did not make that exact type of bushing die when I decided to purchase it?
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I love the Forster dies. I picked up a set of Lee RGB for my .270 and the difference us night and day in quality. The additional cost of the Forster set was worth it and will probably replace these .270 dies in the future with Forster.
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