Custom reloading dies from chamber cast????

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  1. Dan S

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    I’m am new to this and need recommendation for custom dies. They will have to be made from a chamber cast or fired brass. I know of Neil Jones. But I know there are others. Neil is about 6 months out. And recommendations? Who is “The” benchrest die maker!


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  2. NorCalMikie

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    Whidden Gun Works for starters from fired brass.
    My custom made dies took about 2+ months. Full length and seater.
     
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  3. Dan S

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    How much? And what’s the average run-out like?
     
  4. Dusty Stevens

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    No run out. Send 3x fired brass in and be done with it. According to what youre doing and what caliber you can probably get by with the off the shelf dies. Give em a call.
     
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  6. Dan S

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    I would, But I do not think his dies fit in a Forster press
     
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    And you gotta sell a kidney to get some
     
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    God gave me 2
     
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    Dan if you're referring to a Forster C0-Ax, they work just fine here are 2 pics of a click sizer and Micrometer seater. Whidden click Sizer.jpg Whidden Seater.jpg
     
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    Guess I should have read the entire thread, I actually do know better, my bad:(
     
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    Not true.....you can sell your first born;).

    Actually a very nice system...but it is expensive. Also can take 2-3 mos for inserts to be made if they are busy but the inserts will be nothing short of perfect. Whidden would be cheaper and will produce ammunition just as well.
     
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    Are gonna be shooting benchrest or f-class or something else ??? The intended use of the firearm would dictate my decision.
     
  14. Dan S

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    Has anybody tried Neil jones dies?
     
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    Here is the thing. I have a extremely accurate tactical rifle. Can regularly shoot 1/4 with factory ammo. Even squeezed a .162, 3 shot group this summer. It is a very good rifle to try to practice great load development on. I am looking seriously at fclass with it. I did go to a benchrest competition this summer with a buddy and feel in love with it. So did he. So even before I get a benchrest rifle, I want to seriously learn how to reload for benchrest level shooting. I have a very nice setup with very precise equipment. Except a neck turning lathe and top level dies.

    In a recent thread I posted this week, with dies I realize you get what you pay for and the runout with them is brutal. So I want to get the best dies possible, and learn reloading at benchrest level before I get there. So is it necessary to have such a high level die? No. But it’s more for learning and developing benchrest level loads now, I do not want to waste a barrel life on learning then.
     
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  16. Chuckhunter

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    Dan, I see you live in the Northeast, don't know exactly where but I would suggest you sign up for the 1000yd. shooting school in Williamsport if Benchrest is your interest. It will significantly cut your learning curve and all of the questions that arise will be answered by gifted shooters that have been doing this for a long time. It is the best money I ever spent. Met great guys and within a year I was competitive. Just some food for thought.
     
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  17. Dan S

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    Thank you!!! Not to far from me. I will do it for certain!
     
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    I won one at a match one time and tried it when it came in.
    Youll love a whidden no doubt
     
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    If it's one of the calibers they make a Harrell's Precision sizing die for $75 will not be the limiting factor in your groups. You send them 3 twice fired unsized cases and $75 and you will have the die in a couple of days.
     
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    6.5 unfortunately he does not make
     

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