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.
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:
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 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).
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.