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Thread: Bench rest dies

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    Boolit Master
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    Feb 2006
    Kaneohe, HI

    Bench rest dies

    I have a bunch of bench rest dies.
    The type you use with an arbor press.
    I'm thinking custom made.
    Of course some of them are not labeled, stamped or marked.
    Neil Jones, Custom Products, Wilson, CC Seilz.
    I think they are for 22PPC, 22BR, 6mmBR, 7mmBR.
    Is there someplace that would have a picture of all parts, so I can see if it's all here.

  2. #2
    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    There are not many parts.

    1. Seater dies
    A. Body
    B. Seater punch
    C. Depth control knob on top
    D. May or may not have a matching base to support the case head when seating bullets.
    Wilson bases are steel washers with a cup style flange.

    You can check out Wilson and Neil Jones at their web sites. Seitz I suspect was long gone before the internet.
    You might try the various bench rest shooting forums.
    Also try the Accurate Shooter site and its various articles.

    2. Neck sizer dies
    A. Body and removable top
    B. Neck bushing or a selection of bushings
    C. Matching base.
    D. Same style bases as above but sometimes a taller delrin base is used to make the neck sizer the
    same height as the seater so the arbor press does not have to be adjusted.
    Last edited by EDG; 03-25-2020 at 07:38 PM.

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    Boolit Master

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    Just outside Gun Barrel City, Texas
    Those might be some real high end dies.

    Some folks would get a die set made at the same time a gunsmith chambered a custom barrel for them.

    Those cals. sound like favorites for the real serious bench rest folks.
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    garandsrus's Avatar
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    Jan 2006
    Warren, MI
    Here’s some information that might help:

    I have a set of Wilson dies for a 6 PPC rifle I have. I enjoy using them!

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    Boolit Master jmorris's Avatar
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    Some folks would get a die set made at the same time a gunsmith chambered a custom barrel for them.
    Yes, and the dies might only be good for that particular rifle with brass turned to a certain neck thickness. Making them less than useful if you don’t have a barrel made with the same reamer.

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