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Whidden Gun Works or Forster Dies for PRS loading?

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I guess if I put this in the right forum I might get more answers  😆

 

So I have been lurking around the Whidden site, and am intrigued about the click adjustable dies.  However, I had been using Forster dies for my 6.5x47 Lapua.  I use the dillons for the .223, and pistol, but want the extra precision of the PRS rifle dies.  Any recommendations, or are the Reddings, or others just as good?  I have a 50% certificate for Redding dies that I could use.

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For the limited Precision loading I have done I used RCBS competition dies and was happy with them.but of the two you are asking about I would go with forster.

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Forster dies. I had whidden and both sets had to go back

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Forster full length bench rest dies and Redding competition shell holders to control shoulder bump.

 

Brass spring back after sizing varies with the cases age and brand of brass.

 

 

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On 1/11/2019 at 10:13 AM, bigedp51 said:

Forster full length bench rest dies and Redding competition shell holders to control shoulder bump.

 

Brass spring back after sizing varies with the cases age and brand of brass.

 

 

+1

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I agree with the posts above. Forster FL dies produce less neck runout than any other FL die I tried over the years (Redding S-die, Dillon, RCBS, Lee).

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+1 for Forester micrometer seating for and Redding - I use both on 6.5 creedmoor 

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I had some quality issues with Whidden dies. Was told they were the best, but was not seeing it. Others like them, but only use Forester now. Own quite a few sets including their press.


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Hi Stuey,

 

What kind of quality issues did you have?

 

Thanks.

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On 5/13/2019 at 7:26 AM, RGA said:

Hi Stuey,

 

What kind of quality issues did you have?

 

Thanks.

 

 

I have the same question.

 

Whidden is in my home state and I'd prefer to give him the business....but only if the quality is up to expectation. 

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Forster for sure.

 

Whidden makes good stuff and is an incredible shooter, but he still needs to work the bugs out of his dies.

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I had a set of Whidden 6.5x47L dies.  They were incredible.  The gun was an absolute laser.  The ammo I built with those dies was awesome.  I sold the rifle and the dies went as well.  I'm bummed to hear that they're having some QC issues.  

  

I run Redding dies for my .223 FT/R rifle and am very happy with them. (I know they weren't an option).  Midrange.  Got me to Marksman first season.  I didn't shoot last year as I'm concentrating on pistol right now for a variety of reasons.  But the dies worked well for me.  

 

Everything rifle is loaded on a Forster CoAx.  

 

Good luck.

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