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Same bullet seater, different cartridge

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by MattB000, Aug 2, 2007.

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  1. MattB000

    MattB000 Member

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    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?
     
  2. Stinger

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    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.
     
  3. ranger335v

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    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.
     
  4. MattB000

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    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. :)
     
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    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
     
  6. MattB000

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    Something with a micrometer adjustment would be a good start.
     
  7. Sunray

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    "...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.
     
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    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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