Your choice of reloading dies should not be a casual one. Your dies literally shape the quality and function of your reloads. Because they are so important, Redding give them a lot of attention.
Redding use the finest alloy steels obtainable.
Redding dies are machined on Hardinge Super-Precision® lathes capable of holding the tightest tolerances in the industry.
Redding guarantee our dies to produce ammunition that will properly fit any standard (SAAMI) chamber, regardless of action type.
To maintain tolerances and guarantee that your dies will last a lifetime, they are heat treated in atmospherically controlled furnaces.
All dies are hand polished for smooth, flawless functioning, inspected, and are ultrasonically cleaned before packaging.
The die box is a handy cartridge loading block and storage package. Inside is a spare decapping pin, hex wrench, and a place for your shellholder ! Except some individual dies.
All Redding dies use the industry standard 7/8-14 threaded bodies.
Deluxe die sets for bottleneck cases contain three dies. They are a special packaging of our full length die sets (described above) with the addition of a neck sizing die.
The full length resizing die contains a decapping rod assembly with a neck expander (size button). The seating die includes bullet guide, built-in crimp ring and the proper seating plug.
With the extraordinary Competition Seating Die
The Master Hunter Die Sets were inspired by and requested as a result of the success of our National Match Die Sets. Experienced hunters know that full length resizing is important when a high stress follow-up shot is needed in the "real world" of Hunting. The upgraded Master Hunter Die Sets combine the standard Redding Full Length Sizing Die with the Redding Competition Seating Die enabling you to make the best ammunition for your favorite rifle.
Following the introduction of Bullet Seating Micrometers for the Redding standard seating dies, Redding have added two popular upgrades to create the new "Premium" Die Sets. The upgrades include combining a Carbide Size Button in the full length sizing die and the Bullet Seating Micrometer on the seating die. The "Premium" die set; contains a carbide Size Button in the full length die and the Bullet Seating Micrometer on the seating die. The "Premium" Deluxe set; includes the addition of a standard neck sizing die.
The amount of resizing provided by
conventional reloading dies has always been dictated by the manufacturing tolerances (SAAMI specifications) of the brass cartridge case itself. Reloading die manufacturers have been forced to design the neck diameter of their dies small enough to accommodate the thinnest possible brass.
This may be as much as .008" - .010" smaller than the maximum cartridge dimensions typi- cally shown in most reloading manuals.
Since the majority of cases that the reloader is likely to encounter in the field are thicker than the minimum specifications that the dies were designed for, case necks are often resized excessively.
It can be easily demonstrated that excessive resizing of the cartridge case quickly leads to stress distortion and concentricity problems.
The new Type S - Bushing Style Dies offer a simple solution to this age old problem.
Full length resizing while maintaining exact control of the case neck is often desirable in one operation. The new Type S - Full Length Resizing/Bushing Die accomplishes this task with the precision you would expect from Redding. Uses the same interchangeable bushings (.001" increments) as those used in our bushing style neck sizing dies. Concentricity is enhanced by the ability of the bushing to self-center on the neck of the cartridge case.
All dies are supplied without bushings.
The new Type S - Bushing Style Neck Sizing Die provides reloaders with a simple means to precisely control case neck size and tension.
Uses interchangeable sizing bushings available in .001" increments. Concentricity is enhanced by the ability of the resizing bushing to selfcenter
on the case neck.
All dies are supplied without bushings.
The revolutionary Competition Neck Sizing Die with interchangeable bushings brings an advanced level of precision to Competition Shooters.
Similar in design concept to the Redding Competition Seating Die, the cartridge case is completely supported and aligned with the sizing bushing before the sizing process begins.
As the sizing process starts, the cartridge case remains supported in the tightly chambered, sliding sleeve as it moves upward while the resizing bushing self-cen- ters on the case neck.
The decapping rod is maintained in precise alignment by using the internal parts of the die as a linear support much like that of a firing pin.
Meanwhile, the micrometer adjustment of the bushing position delivers precise control to the desired amount of neck length to be sized.
This die was designed for use by Competition Shooters who have meticulously prepared their cartridge cases and do not wish to use a sizing button, however, carbide size button kits are available separately.
This patented design quickly established itself as
the “state of the art” in straight line bullet seaters and beat the concentricity problems inherent in all other seating dies of this type.
Tighter manufacturing tolerances were made possible due to the details of the floating seating stem system. The bullet guide to seating stem fit is so precise that the seating stem can actually be demonstrated to “float” on a column of air. The seating stem is precision ground to exactly match the bullet diameter.
Alignment and accuracy are enhanced by the cartridge case and bullet being completely supported and aligned in a close fitting, precision ground sleeve before the bullet seating begins.
The micrometer is calibrated in .001" increments for precise seating depth and is infinitely adjustable. The micrometer also has a feature that allows you to reset it to your favorite seating depth.
Redding Neck Sizing Bushings are available in two styles. Both share the same external dimensions (1/2" O.D. x 3/8" long) and freely interchange in all Redding Bushing Style Sizing Dies.
They are available in .001" size increments throughout the range of .185" thru .368", covering all calibres from .17 to .338 and clearly marked with size I.D.
By selecting the correct bushing, you are now able to provide just the right amount of neck tension to properly hold the bullet without excessive resizing.
Item No. 73185 thru 73368 - Heat treated steel. The sizing diameters are hand-polished with a surface hardness of Rc 60-62 to reduce sizing effort.
Item No. 76185 thru 76368 - Heat treated steel as above with the addition of a Titanium Nitride surface treatment to further increase the effective surface hardness and reduce sizing friction.
— Tech Talk — Bushing Selection and Use
The easiest way to determine the proper diameter bushing, is to measure the neck diameter of several loaded or dummy cartridges with an accurate micrometer. Subtract .001”–.002” from the average neck diameter and this diameter bushing will generally size case necks to create the proper press fit for the bullet.
Another method is to measure the neck thickness with a ball micrometer the Redding Case Neck Gauge. Double the neck wall thickness and add this number to the bullet diameter. The result is the neck diameter of a loaded cartridge, and bushing size can be determined as above.
After loading several cases, it’s a good idea to test the neck’s grip on the bullet. The simplest method is to push the bullet in a loaded cartridge against the edge of your reloading bench with moderate hand pressure. The bullet should not move easily in the case neck. If the bullet pushes deeper in the case, select the next smaller bushing and start again.
When using your bushing die, Redding have found that lubricating case necks and installing the bushing numbers down may improve results. Many experienced reloaders like to adjust the die to size 1/2 to 3/4 of the case neck. This has been shown to improve accuracy in most instances.
Final note: If you are not sorting case neck wall thickness for uniformity, Redding do not recommend the use of any bushing style die without a sizing button.
Redding has been making Body Dies for Benchrest Shooters for years, but they were never a catalogued item.
With the introduction of the Bushing-Style Neck Sizing Dies, they are available as a companion item for most cartridges.
Body Dies are designed to full length resize the case body and bump the shoulder position for proper chambering without disturbing the case neck. They are made without internal parts and intended for use only to resize cases which have become increasingly difficult to chamber after repeated firing and neck sizing.
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