Long Range Hunting Online Magazine


Go Back   Long Range Hunting Online Magazine > Rifles, Reloading, Optics, Equipment > Reloading

Reloading Techniques For Reloading


Reply

First reloading press suggestions

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 12-01-2013, 09:38 AM
Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: West Central Montana
Posts: 41
First reloading press suggestions

I've got everything I to load except for a press. Up till now I've never had a place for one and I've just went to friend's houses and used theirs. I've literally have everything except a press.

Kinda on a budget so I'd like to get a used QUALITY model for LR shooting.

I've used RCBS's mostly, But I'm open to suggestions. Would a Rock Chucker be alright or is there something "better"? How are the Hornady's?

Getting an 7 STW come hell or highwater next spring and looking at the price of ammo, a press will pay for itself. Plus shooting a ton of 22-250 you can't afford factory. Not bad buying a box of factory to shoot a couple deer with smaller calibers, But this STW WOW! 75 BUCKS?!
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 12-01-2013, 09:50 AM
Banned
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: North Platte, Nebraska
Posts: 122
Re: First reloading press suggestions

I think that about any of the presses on the market are pretty good, but you cannot beat RCBS.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 12-01-2013, 09:51 AM
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: New germany, NS
Posts: 311
Re: First reloading press suggestions

If you are on a budget and want a sturdy press check out the Lee cast https://fsreloading.com/single-stage-presses/
these people have both a breech lock (for quick change die set up, very useful) and a standard screw the die down model. I have delt with these people before and recommend them.
If you want the best IMO FORSTER CO-AX RELOADING PRESS | Sinclair Intl
I have also delt with Sinclair and highly recommend them also.
2 choices, both will out live you
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 12-01-2013, 03:20 PM
Banned
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: North Platte, Nebraska
Posts: 122
Re: First reloading press suggestions

Quote:
Originally Posted by g0rd0 View Post
If you are on a budget and want a sturdy press check out the Lee cast https://fsreloading.com/single-stage-presses/
these people have both a breech lock (for quick change die set up, very useful) and a standard screw the die down model. I have delt with these people before and recommend them.
If you want the best IMO FORSTER CO-AX RELOADING PRESS | Sinclair Intl
I have also delt with Sinclair and highly recommend them also.
2 choices, both will out live you
I agree with the outlive part. My little press was purchased as a gift when I was 17. It is from a company called "Bair". It still works just fine after 42 years of use. That pretty well dates me-doesn't it?
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 12-01-2013, 04:41 PM
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Mountians of SW NC, near Asheville
Posts: 1,596
Re: First reloading press suggestions

I started loading in '65 with a smallish Lyman Spar-T that's still going strong. I now have five presses and my main press since '87 has been a 'Chucker. It's an okay tool but it's highly over-rated in comparision to others; used intelligently they all make equally good ammo and all will outlast virtually anyone. I have seen photos of RCs with the top strap broken - seems nothing is fool proof for a sufficently determined fool! IF I had to replace my old RC next week it would be with the excellant (iron bodied) Lee Classic Cast; it's an equal or better press in every respect, regardless of cost. Hornady presses's have heavy alum alloy bodies so I would expect them to last as long and work as well as any in its class.

Speed has no place in my reloading so I have no use for additional expensive gadgets like quick die change bushings. Normal lock rings properly retain die settings quite well and I can screw swap my dies in much less than a minute without hurrying anyway; that means two or three minutes, total, in a normal loading session. That's plenty fast enough not to eat up too much of my day. YMMV.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 12-01-2013, 06:39 PM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: ND
Posts: 29
Re: First reloading press suggestions

My vote is for the Forster Co-ax press. I personally think it is probably the best single-stage press you can buy. Get a good one right away, and don't look back.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 12-01-2013, 08:55 PM
Silver Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Jax Fl.
Posts: 479
Re: First reloading press suggestions

Forster co-ax for the "best" , I love mine , and the Lee classic cast press for value. I saw some classic cast on the lee website in their refurb and seconds listing for a pretty good savings. They are cosmetic seconds mostly and fully functional. If you are looking to save some cash I'd do one of those.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:18 PM.


Powered by vBulletin ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Management Powered by vBadvanced CMPS
All content ©2010-2014 Long Range Hunting, LLC