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Redding Comp. seating die work with cast?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Fatelvis, Apr 18, 2007.

  1. Fatelvis

    Fatelvis Participating Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Lockport, IL
    I was thinking of using a Redding 357 magnum competition seating die with my 357 Maximum loads. I know the sliding inner seating "sleeve" is ground very close to bullet diameter, and was wondering if it would tie up the die, if I used a cast bullet, knowing it is .001" bigger than a jacketed bullet. Does anyone use these with cast bullets? I wrote to Redding, but they never answered. Thanks-
  2. BigJakeJ1s

    BigJakeJ1s Active Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    Arlington TX
    If you use cast bullets, you will have to clean the seating die occasionally due to the lube buildup. The hornady seating die has a similar alignment sleeve, and optional micrometer adjustment screw, but it also has the ability to disassemble while still on the press for easy cleaning, without affecting the settings for crimp or seat (it can do both). Mine works great for 45 colt with cast bullets.


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