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I have a new to me FNAR on the way. I plan on loading my own. Any recommendations for dies? I have an RCBS press and have seen dies in a wide variety of prices. I reload mostly pistol ammo; .45 ACP, 10mm, and 5.7, so rifle dies are not as familiar. All comments welcome.
 

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Welcome to the Forum! :) Congrats on the incoming FNAR! :?
 

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I think Lee is the best bang for the buck as you get the shell holder with the dies. That being said, I use RCBS for much of my reloading, including .308 and they do just fine.
 

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Do you need to use a small base sizing die for the FNAR? It seems like I read that it helps with feeding issues inherent to the BAR-style action.
 

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In all the years and all the platforms that I have loaded, I've never had to use a small base die. Usually only specialized chambers need the SB die. Contender barrels and the such.
 

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Welcome!!! :)

Carbide dies will last longer.
 

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Welcome!!! :)

Carbide dies will last longer.
The price for a bottleneck FL Sizer carbide is just too expensive to make, although there are some, you would still need to use a lube which defeats the purpose of carbide. There are some carbide necking inserts but you will pay for those as well. Ask me how I know?????

@OP: Forsters are also great dies but like the Redding Dies, you will pay for that quality.

If you want precision, then Redding or Fosters. For regular shooting, then any of the RCBS, Hornady, Lyman, Lee, etc etc etc....
 

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Just got my FNAR Competition last week. I used Lee dies and twice fired FC brass fired from a Weatherby bolt action. Full length sized and trimmed, they ran perfect and grouped VERY well.
 

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Many thanks for the info. I've been away on business travel and took possession of the rifle Friday. No range trip yet as I still have to mount to glass. And I will be looking for the dies and looking at recipes for the loads.

Good times ahead.
 

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Ordered RCBS X-dies and they arrived today. Now going to mount the scope, then zero, then start with varying loads. Looking to make it an all around shooter for both long distance and small critters.
 
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