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tripntx

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I personally would run 2 dies if you have space.

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Ditto
 
That is my preference, and it is so easy to swap dies on Hornady presses with their bushing system. Checking equipment exchange now to see if anybody is getting rid of their dies, if not, then I'll purchase from MDWS. 

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...Checking equipment exchange now to see if anybody is getting rid of their dies, if not, then I'll purchase from MDWS. 
Shot Show Sale Coupon came out today!  You Sir, are in luck!

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tripntx

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Shot Show Sale Coupon came out today!  You Sir, are in luck!

Timing was perfect, just ordered a second set of Mongoose dies.

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tripntx

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Forming 6mm Mongoose isn't hard, but for me it was time consuming. It took 20 adjustments of the sizing die and sixteen cases before die was finally adjusted to barrel headspace. No way I wanted to ever change the setting on this die, which is why I purchased a second set of dies. Now I have one forming size die, and normal reloading size die. 

Purchasing the second set had another benefit: two bullet seat dies. Just looked, and I have 3,000 55gr dogtown bullets, and 1,500 70gr TNT bullets on hand. I can set one up for the dogtown bullets, while the second will be for TNT bullets, along with some of the other 6mm bullets I have purchased to experiment with. 

Second Mongoose die set arrived today, along with a Worlds Cheapest Trimmer. This little WCT works perfect! 

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Forming 6mm Mongoose isn't hard, but for me it was time consuming. It took 20 adjustments of the sizing die and sixteen cases before die was finally adjusted to barrel headspace.
My Grandpop was a tool & die maker.  He died when I was only 6, but I remember him telling me "Measure lots, cut once."  Having taken the time and effort to set your dies correctly will pay off for you.  I know way too many reloaders who simply screw their sizing die against the shell holder until it is cams-over the press and figure that's good (which it isn't).  IOW.... GOOD FOR YOU!!

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tripntx

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After owning barrel and dies for over over 2.5 years, I finally formed and loaded 50 cases for fire-forming. 

Have three different lots of Nosler 55 grain ammo from Pro Shooter Supply (Nolser Spitzler) & Midway (Prairie Dog). Measured five bullets from each lot to obtain an average LTO & COL measurement. 
Average LTO 1.834"
Average COL 2.135" 

The 50 I loaded for initial function check are:
Trim to length: 1.693" 
CCI 450 Primers 
H335 28 grains 
55gr Nosler Shots 
LTO 1.8105"
COL 2.1055"  

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