Same bullet seater, different cartridge


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MattB000
August 2, 2007, 01:10 PM
Is there any difference between a seating die for a .308 and a 30-30? Obviously, things like full length sizing dies would need to be different. What about a neck only sizer?

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Stinger
August 2, 2007, 01:33 PM
It would probably depend more on the brand of dies...

30-30 seating dies are shaped to seat round or flat nose bullets. .308 seating dies are shaped to seat spitzer-shaped bullets.

I would guess they would work okay either way, but one would not be ideal to use with the other.

ranger335v
August 2, 2007, 03:24 PM
Which way are you hoping to work?

Using a .30-30 seater to load a .308 probably won't work, the larger diameter case is likely to hit the die chamber sides before the bullet enters the neck.

Seating a 30-30 in a .308 seater may work ok.

I doubt the seating stems will cause you any difficulty, either way.

The diameter of the case necks is different (30-30 brass is thin) so neck sizers won't interchange even tho the lengths are simular.

MattB000
August 2, 2007, 04:49 PM
I was considering using .308 to load 30-30, but I'll probably just end up buying the 30-30 dies. I just can't seem to find any premium dies for 30-30 (which makes sense since it's not exacly a high-performance round). I guess I've just grown accustomed to all the features of expensive dies. I know, I'm a snob, but at least I can admit it. :)

BigJakeJ1s
August 2, 2007, 11:57 PM
I'm not sure what you mean by "premium", but Forster makes a FL 30-30 die set. Hornady too. Redding has bushing dies, but only their standard (not competition) seating die.

Andy

MattB000
August 3, 2007, 01:35 AM
I'm not sure what you mean by "premium"

Something with a micrometer adjustment would be a good start.

Sunray
August 3, 2007, 01:44 AM
"...was considering using .308 to load 30-30..." You can't use .308 dies to reload .30-30. Not even the seater die.
The .308 die set should come with two seater plugs. One for spitzer bullets and one for round nosed. The .30-30 die set will likely come with just a round nosed seater rod. Seater rods are interchangeable, but not the die. Mind you, if you're shooting a tube mag lever action .30-30, you don't want pointed bullets for a it anyway.

BigJakeJ1s
August 3, 2007, 09:30 PM
Something with a micrometer adjustment would be a good start.

Forster Ultra Benchrest dies have a micrometer seater. Hornady has an optional micrometer adjuster for any of their seaters. Both available in 30-30.

Andy

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