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6.5 Grendel Dies?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by sladenotdead, Nov 9, 2011.

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  1. sladenotdead

    sladenotdead Member

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    I'm going to build a 6.5 grendel AR this winter, any recomendations on die sets? I have no experience with this round but from reading I find it interesting and would find any experience and advice sharing helpful, thank you
     
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    Got a J&T heavy barrel upper this year. Bought a Redding 2 die set which has the full length sizer and bullet seater die. It's nicely machined, sizes Hornady and Lapua brass perfectly for my chamber. A little expensive at around $80 but I'm more than satisfied. Others have reported that the Hornady dies are good. Some prefer the Forster or Redding bench rest dies with the micrometer seater die and some would only use a sizer die with bushings to size the neck. Depends on the level of precision you're after. I can only state that the Redding 2 die set is a quality die set.
     
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    My Grendel dies are Forster. They work great and I have zero issues. They are all good, cept the Lee. Don't know exactly why, but there are more than a few over at the Grendel site that have problems with the Lee Grendel dies.
     
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    I don't have a Gredel, though it's probably the first consideration I would give to a second AR upper.

    I have no problems with any of my Lee rifle dies, steve, but I'd be interested if you could link to the complaints.

    I have a 2-die set of Redding custom dies for my wildcat, and if I had the money, I would have a lot more Redding dies.... not that they're that much more expensive.
     
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    You can go here and see what you can find about the Lee Grendel dies. I am not welcome there, so searching for a specific thread and linking it is out of the question. Don't get me wrong, I like some of the Lee products and dies, it's just not the best for the Grendel according to these guys.
    http://www.65grendel.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?3-6.5-Grendel-Ammunition-amp-Reloading
     
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    Yeah I have heard the same thing about the Lee 6.5 Grendel dies. I know that Lee has good products, but for whatever reason their grendel dies are not pleasing many people. I think I'm going to take a look at Redding, I've heard nothing but good about those, and although they're more expensive, I'm a believer that you get what you pay for. (usually)
     
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    I picked up the Hornady set from Midway on sale for only 29.95. Been happy with them.

    I have seen two criticisms of Lee dies. First was that they were rough and needed internal polishing, and second that they were making completed rounds with a good deal of bullet runout. Saw video of the bullets wobbling as cartridges were rolled along a plate of glass.

    Don't think paying 5-6 extra dollars to buy the Hornady dies would be worth the time needed to correct even one problem with Lee dies.
     
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