Dannix Posted July 27, 2010 Share Posted July 27, 2010 (edited) My quest - straight rounds. I was having a particularly hard time seating straight with my Lee 'Deluxe' dies. I decided to ignore the Lee seater's setup instructions and changed to the following, in the context of seating only, crimping on another die: Back the seater plug all the way out. Drop a round into the seater die, out of the press, so that it is sitting on the crimp part of the crimp/seater die. Crank the seater plug down just until the round is pushed upwards slightly. (This ensures no crimping will take place as I use the Factor Crimp Die.) Put a round to-be-seated into the shellholder and carefully screw down the die body into the press until desired OAL is achieved. This helped a lot. I'm still getting some bulging, but far less 'baby-sitting' is required. I figure there's two aspects that could be improved: The interior die body is a little too 'loose'. I mean, sure, in the context of larger diameter boolits which could be swaged down by the die body, this could be a good thing. But even in that context it seems too loose. The amount of case inside the die before seating could be improved. This seems to be where the trade off of being a combination crimp/seating die comes into play. Maybe it's not really an issue with a proper interior die body size? So yeah, I'm now in the market for a replacement seater die. I'm planning on picking up a Lyman M too with custom plugs if need be, as I'll be switch to cast boolits shortly, but I wasn't sure what seater die to spring for. Any thoughts? Is the Hornady CGND combination seater/crimper going to have the same issue as the Lee? The Redding Pro is about the same price and lacks the undesired crimp feature -- is it better than the Hornady CGND or does one have to go Redding Competition to match or beat the Hornady CGND? Thanks guys, Edited July 27, 2010 by Dannix Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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