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I am ready to do some long-range shooting with 300 RUM and need some expertize in choosing right brand/type of dies.  Ideally, I want to load 210 VLD's in customized M700.  What are the best brand/type dies?  And, neck size or full-length size die?  Thanks.

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RCBS. Both neck and Full length die.
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  I've got Lyman,Hornady(I LIKE their seating die),RCBS(including 1 set of custom dies),and Lee(assorted types).  All work well.
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It's a little odd, one rarely hears 'Redding' mentioned. They do make good stuff. A little pricey maybe, but good.

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RCBS for neck and full sizing.  nothing wrong with the rcbs seater, but I prefer the hornady myself for seating.
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Originally posted by hatton mann hatton mann wrote:

It's a little odd, one rarely hears 'Redding' mentioned. They do make good stuff. A little pricey maybe, but good.

Yes, Redding is a reliable company and their dies are quite nice.
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Originally posted by hatton mann hatton mann wrote:

It's a little odd, one rarely hears 'Redding' mentioned. They do make good stuff. A little pricey maybe, but good.
 
They're all I use.
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I use rcbs but do have a foster setting die I really like.
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I think I have some dies from just about every maker. 

For my 338LM I use Redding bushing dies for sizing and micrometer die for seating and I am quite happy with them.  These are easily my most expensive dies, but for this claiber there are not all that many worthwhile options that are cheaper.

For 223 I use RCBS X-die for sizing and both Lee and RCBS for seating (set up for different bullets).

For 7.62x54R,  use RCBS for sizing (it comes with both 0.308 and 0.311 sizing buttons) and both RCBS and Lee for seating (different bullets once again).

For the rest of the calibers I reload, it is an absolute hodgepodge of different dies with Lee being a bit more common than the others.

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Pistol Dies LEE...

Rifle Dies, Forester, Redding, Then RCBS.

Like the Hornady New Dimension Dies, like the RCBS X Dies, tend not to mix them up to much.

I Use Lee Crimp Dies.

Have used Lyman and Dillon.

I have not found any dies that were crap they all seem to have their own advantages.

If I were to have to pick a brand I would say Forster for rifles is pretty hard to beat with Redding a close Second.

I think the X Dies and New Dimension Dies have their own advantages.

I have chosen LEE for pistol as I have spent the extra for the Dillons and the Lymans and really don't see the added benefits.

LEE dies usually come with everything you need and if you go rifle they come with the Crimp Dies and when you load any semi-autos or Self Loading Rifles it is usually preferred.

I hate to confuse you but you need to make sure you know what dies you will need and how you will be using them and on which press in which manner.

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I usually use RCBS but do use Redding in several of the calibers I load both have worked well.  It is easier to find parts for RCBS dies if you damage a decapping rod or break the pin but that is usually only done when finding berdan primed cases the hard way.  The competition die sets with micrometer adjustable seating depth are very nice I only have one set in 300 WM but wish I had those in other calbers as it makes the small adjustments in seating depth much less painful.
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I also use mostly RCBS but do have some reddings & a hornady on my .460 S&W.Where ever possible I preffer the micrometer seating dies.
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Redding makes a nice 'body' die for those shooters who neck size and may occasionally need to set the shoulder back a bit.
Lee makes a fine 'factory crimp' die.

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