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Unread 02-16-2008, 10:17 AM
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beginner in need of help

hey all...like the title says i am a newbie to the reloading game and i need some help. i have been helping a friend reload on a rcbs rock chucker and it works great. im in the army so i dont have a lot of money to throw around to get started. ive researched alot of different presses and i guess what i'm looking for is for real people that reload not an advertising adgency to give me good info. is it even worth it getting a cheaper press like a lee or do i need to just suck it up and pay the extra...will it really make that much difference? im just loking for a single stage...nothing progressive right now...just trying to get my own little operation started up. any help would be great.
Brett Norton
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Unread 02-16-2008, 10:58 AM
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I bought a Rockchucker Press 17 years ago and have never regretted it. I wouldn't skimp on anything cheaper, especially if you think this is something you will be doing for a while. I don't think you can go wrong with it.
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Unread 02-16-2008, 12:52 PM
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I've been using an RCBS Jr. for 40 years. No complaints. Though I am putting heavier grease on the ram lately.

Look in pawn shops etc for RCBS Jr.s and Rockchuckers. Can be had for as little as 40 bucks. At least around here.
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Unread 02-16-2008, 01:08 PM
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The Lee Classic series is real good for the money. I have the Classic Turret press, and so far I have had absolutely no issues with it.
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Unread 02-16-2008, 01:24 PM
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I've been using the Lee clasic for 15 years loading sparatically most of the time. It worked fine, but it was getting a little slopped out. Just replaced it with a ROckchucker IV. I would reccomend the Redding big boss, or the Rockchucker. Reddings are a little better IMHO.
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Unread 02-16-2008, 04:32 PM
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I have been using a rockchucker for 25 years and don't plan on making any changes to my reloading setup.

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Unread 02-16-2008, 06:31 PM
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If you are using the older RockChucker (not Supreme), the Redding Boss has comparable ram stroke, 3 1/2". It is top quality and sells for ~$100. Unless you are reloading long magnums or reforming brass, you won't be disappointed. I don't believe the newer (Supreme) RockChucker compares well to the old one. IMO, Redding makes better products.

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All Lee products are cheaply made. All are subject to production variances. Some are innovative designs. How much variances influence functionality is dependent on the product. Don't buy on price unless you're willing to accept the compromises.

Research each piece of equipment and alternatives before spending your money. You want to make straight and consistent ammo. It's not necessarily hard or expensive to do so. Powder dispensing will be your greatest challenge. Weighing charges is the cheapest and most accurate way to proceed.

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