Just about mirrors my viewsCompetition dies are an expensive luxury that do not produce any better ammo then standard dies, they are just easier to use if you seek ultimate precision
Having used dies from all makers i would be happy with any from RCBS, Redding Hornady and Forster but my Preference would be a Redding Type S Bushing Neck size die and a Forster Micrometre Benchrest seater easily available in 243.
Lee dies load ammo as accurate as any of the others but they are cheap and lack the quality of the others, dont be seduced by the talk of the Lee Collet die, they are a sound concept poorly executed by Lee, you have a 50-50 chance of them sizing the neck correctly and may need fettling to work correctly
What he says +1. In fact I found that I find a combination of bullet weight and seating depth that works and then lock-up the die tight, stick a paper label around ith, write on the bullet it is adjusted for and don't touch it.Competition dies are an expensive luxury that do not produce any better ammo then standard dies, they are just easier to use if you seek ultimate precision
As the threads are the same on all these dies, I would presume you could use any die lock. Lots to choose fromAris has the Lee item shown to lock the die for a Lee press with a "breech lock" system. But for a standard press anyone's lock die will do and after the pistol ban these lock rings could be picked up for very little cost from shooters who had handed in their dies but retained the lock rings or swapped Lee rubber rings onto the surrendered dies.
Some die locks are better than others. I like the die locks that don't damage the die threads and use mostly Hornady die locks. Regards JCSAs the threads are the same on all these dies, I would presume you could use any die lock. Lots to choose from
whats the optional carbide expander button ?Yes. Avoid! Redding dies are good but there are issues with the plastic seater plug on their 'comp' dies. To be candid for standard stalking...even out to 100 or 200 yards in a standard rifle then standard dies are ALL you need. Save your money, get Redding Standard Dies and with what you saved buy their optionsl carbide expander button for the sizer/expander die.
Like many here I've done this game for near forty years and tried, or played, with most of the gimmicks and gizmos. Or know reloaders that have. Whilst competition dies may allow more visible indication of varying seating they won't give any more or less precision than standard dies and an OAL gauge.
And for a one load one bullet 'go to' cartridge aren't needed. All I do, also, for multiple bullet loads is make up a series of dummy rounds...no primer no powder...and then set the seating die up using that. Accuracy comes through eliminating variations between rounds in a way that is consistently repeatable. Comp dies with 'dial in' heads offer no improvement on that over standard dies and a dummy round as a setting tool.