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Unread 03-04-2008, 08:16 PM
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Which press?

I'm finally getting into reloading, and the first thing on my list to buy is a press. What would you recommend? I'd like to buy a good one up front rather than a decent one and then wished i had bought a different one or upgrade later. I will be reloading for a 300 RUM all the way down to a 22-250, with the possibility of a 338 or something in the future. I don't really shoot pistols much. I was looking at the Forster or the RCBS Rockchucker... good idea? Thanks guys.


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Unread 03-04-2008, 08:30 PM
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I've got a couple of RockChucker presses and have never felt the need for anything else.;)

Others use different presses and are happy with them as well. Kinda like Ford and Chevy........although I drive a Toyota.
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Unread 03-04-2008, 09:14 PM
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The big RCBS , Redding presses are good as are some others ,I personaly like the Forster/Bonanza Co-Ax press.
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Unread 03-04-2008, 09:19 PM
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I got into reloading last year and my Lee Classic Cast Turret has done fine. No flexing and it turns out accurate loads. Resizes easy. A 3 hole press would be better for some dies, some of my locking rings are too big to be used right next to each other because of either the hole spacing or the locking rings.
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Unread 03-04-2008, 09:55 PM
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I have a Rock Chucker II. It's strong but that's about all I can say for it. It spills and spits spent primers like crazy, so bad I got another press with a better decap system and use a universal decapper for that rather than using the RC. The RC lever is ok but not exactly the angle or length I would like. But it's strong. I have an old Lyman turret press that's pretty good but I rarely use it, I prefer single stage presses due to the better stiffness.

If I had to replace my RC tomorrow, I'd get a Lee Classic Cast (iron). It's spent primer catcher system works pretty well, the lever is adjustable for length and angle, it's probably even stronger and the opening is larger than my RC. And it's all made in the US, while the RCs are now cast in China.

If my money were unlimited, which it is, I would like to have a Forster Co-ax or Redding Ultramag but I really don't think either would improve my ammunition. Good ammo comes from good work methods, not auto-magic expensive tools.

(Tyler - there has to be some slack in that turret or it couldn't rotate!)

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Unread 03-05-2008, 03:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Coues Sniper View Post
I was looking at the Forster or the RCBS Rockchucker.
Forster or Redding.

Choose the one that most appeals to you and meets your needs.
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Unread 03-05-2008, 09:47 AM
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Sir, more mass in cast iron is best; but, having said that, the Marksmanship units of the military use the Co-Ax 2 for a good reason. I happen to have purchased a Pacific Pro- O circa 1968. It still turns out accurate rounds with no sign of wear. Overbore
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