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!
Last edited by boomtube; 01-07-2010 at 01:22 PM.