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Redding 222 Remington Full Length Reloading Dies
As you develop an interest in shooting you can decide to reload your own ammunition to make the pastime more affordable and tailor the ammunition to your particular use. Even if you have money to burn, sending a dollar or more down range with every pull of the trigger gets to be daunting and some calibers cost much more to fire. Not only that, the accuracy varies between rifles and working up the most accurate load for a given gun is a valid goal, especially in a target rifle which is the 222 Remington's strong suit.
The complete cartridge only consumes certain components on firing leaving the container, or brass cartridge case, perfectly usable but many shooters discard them. That is just throwing away money as the cases cost at least half the cost of a box of ammunition - so why throw it away? Reloading allows you to claim that savings and even think of yourself as a recycler.
There is plenty of information on reloading ammunition available in books and of course Internet research can help but a good reloading manual that you can refer to is essential for reference. Relying on memory can be dangerous and I recommend a mainstream manual from one of the names in the business like Lyman, Hornady, or Sierra. The powder manufacturers like Winchester, DuPont, Hodgdon, also have reloading manuals based on their proprietary components free for the asking. I prefer the Lyman manual as it covers all aspects of reloading. The manual is a recipe book that covers the various combinations of projectile weight and type and amount of powder to propel it accurately and safely from your firearm to its intended target.
Once you've decided you want to reload, you have to count the cost. How much stuff do you need to actually produce your own ammo? That will be revealed by your research and is not the purpose of this article, however there is a certain amount of investment in equipment required to start making your own ammunition. Once you have the manual, press, scale, and components, you need dies for each caliber you intend to reload.
The dies here are by Redding, a USA company which makes very precise tools for reloading. These particular dies are to reload 222 Remington center fire rifle cartridges typically used either for target or varmint shooting. Varmints are small pests like gophers and crows that are fair game for shooting year round.
The 222 is usually fired from bolt action scoped rifles so reloading recycles the cases into the same form that the ammo was in originally so it is good as new. That means the cases need full length resizing which is the job of the first die of the two die set here. The first die decaps the cartridge case and squeezes it back down to original size, after which you can check the case for proper length, trim if necessary, and recap it with a new primer - one of the components you've bought.
Next, you measure the amount of powder specified in the recipe you are following, which you of course looked up in the manual. That powder, weighed on a scale should be transferred into the primed case and then the bullet is seated using the second die of the two die set. You have just produced a single cartridge that should be as accurate and similarly powerful to the factory round.
The Redding Two Die Rifle Set contains the two dies necessary to reload a bottleneck rifle cartridge of the specified caliber. It does not include the press nor the shell holder that holds the cartridge case in the press to be manipulated in the reloading process.
I have had very good results with Redding Reloading dies both for bottleneck rifle cartridges and handgun cartridges which require a three die set.
Redding tools have a limited lifetime warranty that provides "Any product or parts which prove to be defective will be replaced or repaired without charge if returned prepaid to the factory." I've not had to use the warranty but it seems like a useful feature. The tools are extremely well finished and accurately machined.