One bullet seating die for pretty much any bottleneck rifle cartridge from 22 cal to 338? Is this possible? Yes- and it’s one of the new products for 2020 from Frankford Arsenal. Let’s get hands-on!
About the Universal Bullet Seating Die
From the Midsouth Shooters Supply product page:
Frankford Arsenal Universal Bullet Seating Die
by Frankford Arsenal
Midsouth carries the new Frankford Arsenal Universal Bullet Seating Die. The Frankford Arsenal Universal Bullet Seating Die holds the bullet in place while seating. The Frankford Arsenal Universal Bullet Seating Die features an adjustable seating dept and the Built-in Micrometer allows for precise micro-adjustments to the seating depth of the bullet. The Frankford Arsenal Universal Bullet Seating Die works for .224-.338 Calibers and has a standard 7/8×14 Thread. The Frankford Arsenal Universal Bullet Seating Die also comes with a molded carry case.
Setting Up the Universal Bullet Seating Die
The Frankford Arsenal Universal Bullet Seating Die comes with the following:
- Universal Bullet Seating Die (setup for 308 Winchester)
- Two extra seating stems (kit includes short, medium, long lengths)
- Caliber-specific inserts
This die kit includes inserts for the following calibers:
- 224 (22 caliber)
- 243 (6mm)
- 257 (25 caliber)
- 264 (6mm)
- 277 (270 caliber)
- 284 (7mm)
- 308 (30 caliber)
- 325 (8mm)
When you setup the die for a different caliber, the die is disassembled as follows:
Above we have from left to right:
- Caliber-specific insert
- Die body and lock ring
For each specific cartridge you’ll be loading, you’ll want to look at two things: caliber (bullet diameter), and cartridge overall length. From these specifics, you’ll select the correct stem and caliber-specific insert, and reassemble the die. It takes only a couple minutes.
Using the Universal Bullet Seating Die
Here are some configuration and setup steps that are performed prior to seating bullets with the Frankford Arsenal Universal Bullet Seating Die:
- Assemble the die with the correct stem and caliber-specific insert (see steps above)
- Insert cartridge into press shellplate/shellholder
- Raise ram to the top of the stroke
- Unscrew the micrometer thimble on the Universal Bullet Seating Die (most of the way up, but not all the way until the thimble comes off)
- Screw the die downward (into press) until slight resistance is felt
- Unscrew die a partial turn if needed to align the cutaway window on the die with the user
- Lock the lock ring or set screw to secure the die position
- Adjust seating depth as needed (if using a dummy cartridge, you can screw the thimble down until slight resistance is felt)
There are two ways to use the Frankford Arsenal Universal Bullet Seating Die:
- Dropping bullets into the cutaway window (pictured above)
- Placing bullets directly onto case mouth (pictured below)
Other than the option to drop bullets down through the window/cutaway, using this die is just like using any other bullet seating die!
Bullet Runout Test: 6mm ARC
I tested the five 6mm ARC cartridges that were used in the filming of the video, and as seen in the video, the bullet runout (at Ogive) averaged +/ 0.002″. This is a very good result for a conventional type bullet seating die. In order to consistently get better results than this, I’ve needed chamber-type bullet seating dies, or custom dies.
You’ll Find it at Midsouth Shooters Supply
Looking for the Frankford Arsenal Universal Bullet Seating Die? You’ll find it at Midsouth Shooters Supply!
If you have one of these dies, I’d love to hear your experiences! Please leave a comment.
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4 thoughts on “NEW: Universal Bullet Seating Die from Frankford Arsenal”
What about other inserts for other calibers? For example, .30-06 Springfield, .303 British, .30-30 Winchester and .32 Winchester Special just to name a few?
Any 30 caliber bullet is a .308, listed on the ad, will also do .303
The 32 is covered by the 325 insert.
Wouldn’t the 308(30 cal) work for 30-06 and 30-30? Don’t know much about the other 2.
I’ve been casting bullets and reloading since 1980. I own multiple presses and a lot of reloading/casting equipment. I purchased the Frankfort Arsenal Universal Bullet Seating Die late last year.
It’s a great die that I highly recommend. I use the scale on the side to record the seating depth of each of the many different types of bullets I use as a starting point for setting up when I change loads or calibers. The die centers the bullet being seated more accurately than my other dies, and is a great addition to my portable press when loading at the range since I only need carry one die set.