New 3-in-1 Case Mouth Cutter Caliber
The newest addition, 3CUT-277, applies to any cartridge/caliber that takes Forster Case Trimmer Pilot #27, such as 6.8 SPC Rem, 270 Win or WSM, 270 Ackley Mag and more. See our caliber search for a quick compatibility check with the ammo you fire.
Product Enhancements: Bullet Seating Stems
We continually make important improvements and changes to the Bench Rest® Seater Die seating stem (DIESTRJ30-XXX) and the Ultra™ Micrometer Seater Die seating stem (DIESTRJ30-UXXX), to follow bullet manufacturers’ upgraded products. Our enhancements include:
- Internal seating stem angle and depth changed to provide clearance to accommodate VLD bullets and other changes in bullet manufacturers’ design – 2010-16.
- Ferritic nitriding process started to make the stems harder and to give them more lubricity at the surface contacting the bullet – Jan 2016.
- Discontinued ferritic nitriding and changed stem design to make it more robust by adding more length and thickness to the cup by changing the internal angle. We continue to hand polish after machining to guarantee an extra-smooth finish – Feb 2017.
Our helpful office staff fields a lot of questions about sizing and seating dies from new and experienced reloaders alike. We hope you can benefit from peeking in at some of the more frequently asked questions in your reloading and in discussions with fellow enthusiasts.
The neck is too small on your die and is crushing the case mouths into the shoulders of my brass. I’ve set up hundreds of other dies, have been reloading for 40+ years, I finally invested in a quality die…and this is what happens! Where is my replacement?
The age-old adage – that doctors make the worst patients – can also apply to seasoned reloaders getting their first Forster Sizing Die. They will see the Decapping Pin sticking out further than they are used to (in some cases up to 1/2 an inch) and instinctively back the Decapping Unit up until it is just barely sticking out (just as they have done for 40+ years). That alignment then places our elevated Expander Ball right in the neck sizing area of the Die, leaving no room for the case’s neck, except to get crushed into the shoulder of the case. We are more concerned with the positioning of the Expander Ball than the Decapping Pin (also see the how-to video at the Forster Products YouTube Channel).
I just used my brand new die to size my brand-new brass, and it is instantly putting vertical marks on my case necks. Is the neck of the die out of spec? Do I need to have my Die honed?
The key question would be: Did you chamfer/deburr the new brass prior to running it in the sizing die? New brass (even the “really good” expensive stuff) often has many burrs that can then very quickly weld themselves into the die and begin scratching subsequent cases. Likely, the die is not damaged but does need some TLC in the form of polishing to remove the burrs. Forster does offer a service where the die can be sent in for polishing, there is a machining fee along with the actual return shipping associated with that service.