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I've got all the components I need to start loading for my .22-250 again, but I will be replacing my press and dies. I used to load for the same rifle when it had the original barrel about 17 years ago. I had Pac-Nor install a new barrel in 2002 and I have about 100 factory rounds through it. The barrel is a Pac-Nor, 24", #5 Sporter contour, 1:12 twist, 3-groove, Stainless Steel Super Match.
17 years ago, I had planned on buying a Redding Competition seater die. I'm still considering it, but am also thinking I should get the Competion neck sizer die as well. Although, I've heard good things about the Lee collet sizing die too. I guess I'll need the Redding body die since I'm sure I'll suffer hard bolt lift after a few reloadings of the case.
This is not a benchrest rifle. It is a rifle used for varmints & predators and some minimal paper punching. I'm just trying to get the most accuracy I can. I guess I'll more than likely need to start neck turning too.
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Buy the set of Redding competion collet dies which includes a body die for the occassional sizing of the body and shoulder and you will be happy.
I also recommed a Forster Co-Ax press.
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I use a Redding Competition Seater and a Lee Collet Neck sizer.
The Redding Competition Seater Die is absolutely awesome, Micrometed adjustable, perfect alignment. I'll never trade that one out.
Lee collet neck sizer is good, I like it. Some people dont. The Redding neck sizer will be more adjustable (although you can buy custom sized mandrels from lee and they are a snap to swap.) The lee die gives me very little runout, but the redding competition dies are precisely designed for that too.
I haven't tried the Redding body die, but it's on my shortlist of stuff to pick up.
I use a Lee breech lock challenger press. It's a little bit of a lightweight, but I like it.
One other die that I recently tried and will never let go of now is the Lee factory crimp die. It's $10 and took a solid .1" off of my already good group sizes.
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I always over research everything. I'm wondering if a Type S Full Length sizing die with the Competition Shell Holders is the way to go, along with a Lee Collet neck sizing die. Perhaps skipping the Lee Collet neck sizing die all together would be the best. Barely bumping back the shoulder to just fit the chamber sounds like the hot setup. It would guarantee easy chambering rounds and keep from over working the brass.
My main conern is concentricity of the sized brass and of the bullet seated brass.
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I have loaded very precise ammo using pretty much every different die manufacturer out there.
If you are on a budget, Lee is impossible to beat. If you have the money for a Redding Competition set, you'll not likely be disappointed in the quality of their product.
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I would get the Redding Competition - Bushing Neck Sizing die set over the Type-S. I feel it is a better die set.
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I was reading in another post something about runout with the type s dies. They were all saying that if you size the brass down too much at a time (like from a large factory chamber down to the correct size) it would cause some runout problems. I have no experience with the type s dies, so I couldn't tell you.