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Old 04-29-2011, 10:30 AM
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Default Reloading 6.5 Grendel. What dies?

I plan to start reloading 6.5 grendel for an upper I just purchased. What dies should I get between these two? Any advantages to the redding dies that warrant an extra $115

Redding Type S Match Bushing 2-Die Set 6.5 Grendel 209$
http://www.midwayusa.com/viewproduct...tnumber=943523

Forster Ultra 2-Die Set 6.5 Grendel $95
http://www.midwayusa.com/viewproduct...tnumber=759032

Both have micrometer seating.

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Old 04-29-2011, 10:53 AM
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I can't speak to the Forster dies, but I have several sets of Redding Dies (including the 6.5 Grendel) and am very happy with them. None of which are competition seating dies (with the fine adjustment nob on top). I kinda wish I got those because it is a pair to make fine tuned adjustments otherwise...

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Old 04-29-2011, 11:44 AM
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Yes. I know the redding dies are the bee's knees but if the Forster dies give the same results i can't justify spending twice as much. I'm hoping someone has used these forster dies and can give some pros and cons.
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I am using Lee dies for the past 5 years which today produce sub moa results.
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Thanks but I'm really looking for the seating micrometer.
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Old 04-29-2011, 2:25 PM
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Well after googleing around for a bit. Every post I have found from owners of both say they do an equal job. So I think I'll save my money and go with the Forster.
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I have Forster for my 6.5 Grendel and Redding for my .338 Lapua Magnum. Redding is higher quality and more costly, but either works well. Unless you are shooting a bolt gun, the Forster would be a good choice. If shooting a bolt gun then let your wallet decide.
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The Redding "S" advantage is flexible neck control and avoiding the use of the expander, so you can dial in the right tension without disturbing concentricity, given uniform neck thickness. Worthwhile? Depends.

There is/was some thin-necked Grendel brass out there that reportedly didn't work so well with standard dies. (AA/Lapua was fine, predictably). The "S" die allows you to use a smaller bushing to produce the desired ID despite the thinner wall.
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I use only the Redding S Full Length bushing dies and the competition seater, so i'm admittedly biased but, they are excellent tools.

Gorblimey nailed it, bushing options and no expander ball make for happy neck tension. I use a set for a wildcat cartridge that's based on a Grendel case.
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