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Redding T-7 ?

 
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Old 02-14-2014, 03:17 PM
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Re: Redding T-7 ?

Thank's for the input. I will be passing on the primer option and picking up the T-7 with an extra turret. I like my Rockchucker just fine and will continue to use it. Plenty to load for around here and the T-7 will sure help.....C'mon Spring
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Old 02-15-2014, 09:19 AM
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Re: Redding T-7 ?

Boomtube, you got its it's convenient. Having multiple turrets set up saves a ton of time a leads to more consistency. I simply swap turrets and I'm good to go, adjustments are RARELY necessary. I tork the turret screw same each time. I use both a Redding T7 and a Lyman T Mag. They both produce excellent ammo, I like the T7 better but have more calibers set up on the Lyman. Think of it this way. On one Turret I get a dedicated depriming die, (I deprime prior to tumbling) and three calibers set up or a prep turret with bullet puller. No screwing in dies, less time measuring and adjusting, no brainier. Agree that most any modern press will turn out accurate ammo, most are heavy duty quality built this is just a more efficient way to do it. As for priming have always found the Lee or RCBS tools to be much quicker and lend a feel for seating the primers, don't know why anyone would use the press other than shear economics these days.
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Old 02-15-2014, 09:09 PM
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Re: Redding T-7 ?

My first metallic press. I am very happy with it.
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Old 05-08-2014, 07:56 AM
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Re: Redding T-7 ?

i've had a t-7 for about 2 years, using it to load 45acp (4 dies) and 45-70 (3 dies). it's massive and powerful, like a t-rex - arguably the rolls-royce of turret presses. i use a lee classic breech load single stage press for 30-06, 308 and 243. almost all my dies are redding, with their competition seaters, and lyman "m" expanders.

the only thing to be aware of with the t-7 is to periodically make Sure the turret is seated down tight - if not, it will allow the turret to lift up more than it should, and then all the dies will short stroke = not good. i bought mine brand new and it didn't come with the allen key required to seat the turret. that should be a mandatory tool supplied by redding.

i use the redding sleeve priming tube only for 45acp. it works extremely well for me. to set it up properly, you will need to tweak priming arm adjustment for length of travel. this makes building good pistol rounds lots faster, and worth taking some time to properly set up. i prefer to hand prime all my rifle cartridges.

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Old 05-09-2014, 03:36 AM
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Re: Redding T-7 ?

Nice set-up you have there. When seating the turret do you secure it to a set torque # or just a feel ?
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Old 05-09-2014, 04:48 AM
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what a dang mess! a very busy looking loading table that always gets cleared away and tidied up when actually loading rounds. i just put everything that i could fit on the table for the pic. lotsa stuff is missing.

between the t-rex and the breech load, i'm pretty well covered for making really accurate rounds. that little lee press off in the back is strictly for punching out .45-70 wads and sizing lead boolits that i cast - you can see the boolit catching red plastic hopper installed.

powder management not shown - though there's an rcbs 505 analog beam scale under that plastic hood on the table, i rarely use it. i have a jennings mack 20 digital scale that i mostly use and a gem pro 250 to back it up. both are accurate to +/- .02 grains. i use a cheap lee powder measure to under throw the charge and then bring the weight up to spex with an omega power trickler. in the past i tried all manner of powder throwers and none were accurate enuf for me, particularly with small 4 and 5 grain pistol charges. then i went to a full blown automatic rcbs chargemaster. which works pretty darned well, but at best it will do about +/- .2 grains. that omega power trickler is just perfect and the charges are never off by more than +/- .03 grains. that's good enuf for me, for both pistol and much heftier rifle charges for .30-06 and .45-70 loads.



with the t-rex press, i just snug down the turret bolt tight and check it once a week or month. you can pretty much feel when it's loosening. the more you use the press, the more that dang bolt wants to loosen. i need to call redding up about that, today. maybe it needs a lock washer.
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