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RCBS or Redding?

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Unread 01-07-2010, 01:10 PM
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Re: RCBS or Redding?

Opinions aside, current RCBS cast iron press bodies are from China. So far as I know, all of our other makers are still USA made. If I had to replace my old RCBS Rock Chucker II tomorrow, it would be with a Lee Classic Cast; it's the superiour press.

The Redding presses are fine tools but, in my opinon, the Lee Classic Cast is as good as any but the UltraMag and that's vast over-kill for normal reloading needs.

Kits are good in that they makes no demands on the purchaser to choose. I'm NOT blindly loyal to any brand so I choose my tools according to the specific features or functions each has.

My suggested choices, based on known comparitive specifics of quality, function and cost:

Dies - handgun, Lman/Redding, rifle - Foster for target/varmint, Lee for the rest.
Neck Sizer & Bullet Crimp Dies - Lee Collet sizer, Lee FCD crimpers
Case trimmer and debur tool - Lyman Universal
Bullet puller - RCBS Impact type
Stuck Case Remover - RCBS or simular
Case Lube - Imperial Die Wax or Hornady's Unique (NO lube pad)
Hand primer - Lee Auto Prime (plus their shell holder kit)
Scale - Beam type, RCBS (Ohaus) or Redding
Powder Measure - Redding BR3 and stand (plus Redding's powder trickler)
Small tools - any brand of loading blocks, powder funnel, 6" steel dial calipers, etc
*Case neck turner - Forster HOT-100
*Case Measurement tools - RCBS Precision Mic OR Hornady LnL OR Innovative
*Concentricity Gage - Sinclair, w/the cheaper dial indicator
*Vib. Tumbler - any, and as inexpensive as possible. The type of media & polish doesn't matter either

So, now you have a list of what's actually required and (*) helpful, as well as some well proven good choices of each tool. Good luck!

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Unread 01-07-2010, 04:46 PM
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Re: RCBS or Redding?

Lee Classic Cast-the only thing I'm not crazy about is the thin metal tube for a lever handle...on Lee Classic Cast 50 BMG I've heard they've bent. Lee only comes with a 2 year warranty versus Redding's warranty is for life but they are pricey.
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Unread 01-07-2010, 08:21 PM
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"only thing I'm not crazy about is the thin metal tube for a lever handle..."

Well, I like the idea of a solid handle too but, fact is, it's not very thin and it would take a tremendous load on that handle to bend it, far more than any legitimate reloading task I can think of. Suppose if someone screwed a die down couple of inches below normal and then stood on the handle it could be bent. But at that, it would serve to protect the press body and I 'spect that's why they made it that way; be cheap to replace that handle. ?? (And absolutely anything can be busted or at least bent if we try hard enough, including the Rock Chucker and Boss press top straps! That has been done, but not with legitimate reloading tasks! It would take a LOT of effort to bend or bust an Ultra Mag tho.)

Seems any legitimate manufactoring defects should become obvious in two years. Paying the extra price, twice the cost of the Lee, to obtain a "life time warranty" is a high cost for something not likely to be needed but some do like that.

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