If you are a fan of Redding Reloading Equipment products as I am, you’re going to be excited when you read this post! Through some patient persistence, I was able to get the “first look” at Redding’s new product announcements for the 2017 calendar year and SHOT Show. The theme this year is dies, dies, dies! Redding makes top-shelf die sets, and it’s no wonder that many hard-core rifle shooting competitors, avid long-range hunters, and reloading enthusiasts trust Redding dies to deliver great results. The following is a summary from the press releases Redding will provide at the 2017 SHOT Show.
New 6.5 x 47 Lapua Die Sets
Redding Reloading Equipment introduces new die sets in 6.5×47 Lapua for 2017. They will be available in Type–S, Type-S Match, and Competition series Die sets for the most demanding handloading enthusiasts.
22 Nosler added to National Match Die Set Offerings
New 6 mm Creedmoor Die Sets
Redding Reloading Equipment introduces new die sets in 6mm Creedmoor for 2017. They will be available in Type–S, Type-S Match and Competition series Die sets for the most demanding handloading enthusiasts.
New 41 Special Profile Crimp Die
Redding Reloading has added a unique Profile Crimp Die of the 41 Special Cartridge. With factory brass now available from Starline this interesting Elmer Keith designed cartridge has new life. Essentially it is a 41 Magnum shortened by 1/8th of an inch, making it the same length as the 38 and 44 Special cases. A number of custom pistol smiths including Hamilton Bowen have built custom revolvers for this caliber out of mid-size .357 Magnum revolvers adding more punch to the smaller and lighter frames. It is perfectly acceptable to shoot in all 41 magnum revolvers as well, and the reduced case capacity makes for more efficient low power loadings. It is reported to be very pleasant to shoot and has been shown to be extremely accurate. It loads with standard 41 Magnum dies but the shortened case does not allow for proper engagement of the 41 Magnum’s crimp location. Much like their solution to 45-70 FTX issues of a couple of years ago, Redding has created a unique Profile Crimp die, which has the crimp properly located for the case length of the 41 Special. This allows the user to use full power loadings without the set-back worries of not using a crimp. These new Taper Crimp Dies for the 41 Special are currently available through Redding resellers. It is also interesting to note that Redding has introduced new Micrometer adjustable seat plugs for handgun and straightwall cases this year. These have greater adjustment than the standard seat plugs and are perfect for seating bullets in 41 special cases when using a 41 Magnum seating die.
22 Nosler and 6.5mm Creedmoor Premium Die Sets
Redding Reloading Equipment has expanded their offerings of Premium Die Sets with the addition of the 22 Nosler and the 6.5mm Creedmoor, two of the most popular cartridges last year. Branded as Premium Die Sets these new offerings include a Carbide Expander Button and a Micrometer Adjusting Seat Stem and are packaged in a distinctive black and gold box. Redding recognized that customers were adding large numbers of these accessories as they increased their reloading knowledge and expectations from their handloaded ammunition. The Carbide Expander Button reduces stress on the case neck and also is free floating, which many believe improves overall concentricity. The Micrometer Adjusting Seat Stem allows for precise bullet seating depth to 1/0.001” adding to the handloader’s ability to find and repeat the perfect bullet jump for the best accuracy possible from his or her rifle. The Standard Premium Die Sets have a Full Length sizing die and a Seating Die with Micrometer Seat Stem. The three die, Premium Deluxe Set has those two dies but also adds a Neck Sizing Die. Now, those seeking to improve their handloading potential in these two popular chamberings, need not add accessories but find it all packaged neatly in the Redding Black and Gold box of Premium Die Sets.
New 6.5 mm Grendel Die Sets
Redding Reloading Equipment introduces new die sets in 6.5mm GRENDEL™ for 2017. They will be available in Type–S, Type-S Match and now Competition Die Sets for the avid long-range, shooting and hunting enthusiast. Originally developed for use in the AR 15 type platform, it has evolved into a solid long range hunting and target shooting performer and has been applied to a variety of action types, always with an emphasis on low recoil and long rang accuracy. Factory loadings and brass are available from a number of sources. New bullets continue to expand the cartridge’s potential in many areas where the GRENDEL has already become well respected. Redding has tracked the development and progress of the cartridge and has responded to market demands with higher level precision die sets to meet the needs of the current and future applications for this excellent cartridge. Now serious accuracy enthusiasts have the opportunity to expand their handloading abilities through the use of Redding’ Bushing style and Competition Dies, including the legendary Redding Competition Seating Die. These sets will assist any rifle and shooter combination to attain their full potential, both in the field and at the range.
300 Norma Magnum Dies
Redding Reloading Equipment introduces new die sets in 300 Norma Magnum for 2017. They will be available in Type–S, Type-S Match die sets and Competition Seating Dies for the most demanding precision handloading enthusiasts. Redding is responding to a significant demand spurred by the buzz about US SOCOM interest in this cartridge for its new long range interdiction rifle program. Sharing a case head dimension with the 338 Lapua Magnum this chambering has quickly gained acceptance as an excellent long range precision round.. Factory brass is already being produced and with the current military we anticipate a number of new precision rifles to be available at the show. Redding will always respond to innovation in the firearms market and keep the serious handloader ready for the next new addition to the precision cartridge world. Customers should know that these dies will be available shortly after the SHOT Show in retail distribution and that Redding Reloading Equipment will continue to support popular, precision chamberings as they are introduced and accepted. It is important to note that Redding continues to produce truly “Custom” die sets as well. The Engineering Group at Redding requires only a chamber reamer drawing or 5 fired cases from the firearm in question to quote the production of dies for virtually any caliber and firearm which can be made with a 7/8 x 14 TPI die body. Prices are quoted on an individual basis depending upon the complexity of the chambering and any need for tooling. Those seeking dies for a truly unique or obsolete cartridge should contact the Redding Custom Die Center in the company’s Engineering Department.
New Die Sets for 33 Nosler
With formal SAAMI standardization scheduled to happen at the 2017 SHOT Show, Redding will introduce 33 Nosler die sets for all handloading needs. This round has great game changing potential for a host of sport shooting and hunting disciplines, as a result, new sets will be offered in Standard Full Length, Standard Neck and Deluxe. The more advanced handloader will appreciate bushing style, Type–S and Type-S Match Sets and those seeking the greatest potential for pure accuracy will surely enjoy our Competition Die Sets. Regardless of the individual shooters needs Redding die sets in 33 Nosler will be available to meet any level of shooting demand. Customers should know that these dies will be available shortly after the SHOT Show once the SAAMI Standards have been finalized. Redding Reloading Equipment strives to quickly and accurately support new factory calibers as they are introduced and standardized. Redding is known for both quality and a vast selection of available dies, including many popular and not so popular wildcats.
New Cartridges in Master Hunter Die Set Portfolio
For 2017, Redding Reloading Equipment is offering their Master Hunter die set for three additional cartridges. New this year are 22 Nosler, 33 Nosler and 6.5 Creedmoor. These new Master Hunter die sets include a full length sizing die coupled with the highly respected Redding Competition Seating Die. All hunters know that full length sizing is critical when a high stress follow up shot is needed in the “ real world” of hunting situations. While neck sizing is fine for the range, hunting ethics demand that the hunter makes every effort to assure that his or her harvest is done with the greatest care for the animal. A stuck case or failure to properly feed can result in a long night of tracking or worse a wounded animal lost. The standard full length sizer also allows the use of all brands of cases which fit the SAAMI standard without the need to change bushings as would be required with the Type-S Match Full set. This set can also be customized by adding a carbide expander, which puts less stress on the neck during expansion; and many believe improves concentricity. Plus, a custom shoulder bump can be achieved by using this set with Redding’s unique Competition Shellholders.The Redding Competition Seating Die is recognized as a superior straight line, seating die, which supports the case and controls the bullet for the best concentricity possible with the components used. The Competition Seating Die does not contain a crimp but today many premium, hunting bullets lack a “ crimp groove” for a traditional roll crimp function.
I’m curious what you all think! If there’s anything you’d like to see or know about, please leave a comment! Anything you’re wishing for from Redding next year? Please leave a comment!