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Bushing Dies?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by X-Ring, Jan 24, 2016.

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  1. X-Ring

    X-Ring Member

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    Over the last 36 years I have loaded many thousand rounds of handgun ammo, and bunches of rifle ammo. However I have never used a bushing die set. Can anyone explain to be what a bushing die is and how it is used. What are the advantages of such a die?
    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. lightman

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    A bushing die uses a bushing to size the case neck. There are neck bushing dies and fl sizing dies with neck bushings. The bushings are chosen by size. Usually you measure the diameter of a loaded round at the neck and deduct something like .001 or .002. There are lots of opinions about bushing dies and how well they work. Personally, I don't recommend them for factory chambers or unturned case necks. Others feel differently.
     
  3. 243winxb

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    Standard dies may size the neck a lot smaller than needed. Then the expander opens it back up. This over works the brass, work hardening it, causing the neck to crack soomer. Less case life. Sizing only 1/2 of the 243 win. neck, centers the round in the chamber, producing better accuracy. If neck has to be size down more than .008" there can be problems. [​IMG][/URL][/IMG]Others feel differently. [​IMG][/URL][/IMG] I use the same die for a Rem. Mohawk 600.
     
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