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First reloading press suggestions

 
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Old 12-01-2013, 11:29 PM
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Re: First reloading press suggestions

How are Redding?
When I go to get STW dies which should I get for the best accuracy and value? My grandpa gave me a set of competition dies for 308. Is this the way to go to get the most consistent seat depth?
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Old 12-02-2013, 05:02 AM
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Re: First reloading press suggestions

My opinion is Foster Co-ax are not the best . Hard to use , tiring long handle throw. Dies flopping about on the lock ring . What a stupid way to hold a die.
Will not take some micrometre dies . They work but an RCBS RC supreme is my choice.
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Old 12-02-2013, 11:01 AM
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Re: First reloading press suggestions

The Coax is a great press ... IF you like the ergomics of that 'straight out' lever; a lot of people don't.

User features vary a bit between tool brands and models but that's just personal taste, it's not a 'quality' or performance issue. Redding makes as good a press as anyone else but, unless you need the great leverage of their massive UltraMag or like the die and lever arrangements of the Forster Coax, there are no other meaningful advantages to either one. Lee's Classic Cast is a great press at any price and the comparitively low cost is simply a bonus benefit.

Dies and presses are steel/iron (usually) so there's nothing spongy for seating about them. A highly consistant OAL has little effect and most such variation comes from differences in the bullets. Jump to the lands does matter but even bullet jump doesn't require rocket precision, other variables have larger effects on accuracy. Anyway, consistancy of seating depends on the user, not the die.
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Old 12-02-2013, 12:46 PM
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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
brother inlaw uses a Lee Cast iron press (whatever it's called). A steal at the price, plus it's 100% US made instead of simply assembled and boxed over here. He had trouble getting it setup, and came to me for some help. It was 80% operator error! The only rounds he has trouble with are 45-70's and things like that. He came over to my place with a cigar box full of 30-06 brass, and we sized them with his dies on the CO-AX to fit the chamber on a Savage rifle he has. Then went over to his place and gave his Lee a good look over. Made some shim plates to seriously beef up his bench mount. That seemed to make it easier as the mount was rock solid. He liked the Forster so well that he bought one. But what he really liked best was the Forster 30-06 dies. Yet the main reason he bought the CO-AX was for it's shear power and the ability not to flex under extreme pressure. If I buy another press to set along side the Forster it will be that same Lee, as it's just that good.
gary
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Old 12-02-2013, 12:47 PM
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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
XYZ

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Old 12-02-2013, 12:50 PM
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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?
my Forster is 36 years old, and is as square and tight as day one
gary
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Old 12-02-2013, 02:18 PM
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Does anyone know when Forster took over Bonanza ? My press is a Bonanza press with the primer on top but without the jaws. Just the 3 tabs to hold the shell. Just wondering about its age.
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