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Need help with press: T-7, Forester, Harrell or O?

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Unread 07-20-2005, 11:51 AM
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Need help with press: T-7, Forester, Harrell or O?

Up until now, Iíve loaded my rifle ammo ďsingle stageĒ using my Dillon 550. It worked ok, but I wasnít real happy with runout. There was just too much play in the toolhead. Also, when I changed out shellplates for the caliber conversion, and then switched back, I got a little more runout.

So I am looking for a press. I was set on the Redding T-7, but from some reading Iíve done on these forums, Iím not sure if my runout would be much better. It seems a lot of guys are using the Rockchucker. But it seems inconvienant to switch out dies on an O press. I looked into the Forester Co-Ax and it seems this would be the deal, but would there be slop just like the T-7 or the Dillon? Forester (of course) says no, if you use their locking rings. Would the Harrell be the deal? I like the idea of setting the dies and thatís it, but not if I have to deal with the runout.

I am loading for .223 and .308 and will most likely keep with those calibers for the time being.

Any help is appreciated.
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Unread 07-21-2005, 04:50 AM
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Re: Need help with press: T-7, Forester, Harrell or O?

i have a forster,and it is fantastic.one thing to watch out for is "long seater dies"the handle lacks real long clearance for that. for .223-.308 should not matter.just know it,then get it [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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Unread 07-21-2005, 08:49 PM
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Re: Need help with press: T-7, Forester, Harrell or O?

I have loaded many sub-sub rounds on Rockchucker press.One friend has a Hornady press that works great also his has the
easy change dies.I like Forster dies but gave away one of the Bonanza presses but they are good for shorter rounds.
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Unread 07-24-2005, 12:41 AM
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Re: Need help with press: T-7, Forester, Harrell or O?

I load for the 243 Winch., .308 Winch., 30-06, 300 Winch. Mag, 300 Remington Ultra Mag and I use the Forster Co-Ax press. Excellent Press!!!

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