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Unread 09-04-2007, 08:14 PM
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AS has been mentioned the hand dies can get expensive quick if loading for several calibers.

I have been loading for going on 30+ years using a standard ram type press. I haven't ever shot competition, but in the course of time I have loaded thousands of loads which would easily group 1" or better generally at 100yds.

For the most part I have used Hornady, RCBS, and Redding dies on either a Herters or RCBS Rock Chucker press. I have also done a substantial amout of range load development using a $30.00 Lee Reloader press and also a RCBS Partner press.

I generally weigh out charges on my Uniflow powder measure and record them then simply work up loads within the range indicated for that particular powder on the stem of the measure.

For the standard calibers, in factory hunting rifles, I would suggest going with one of the standard type presses and some good dies. Good is a realitive thing, as I have loads which shoot better when loaded with lee dies as they do with Redding dies of the same caliber. Not sure why, as they all mic out the same, but it's hard to deny the results.

For a full competition rifle, well thats going to be your call as it will have tighter tolerances and you will want to match everything up as near perfect as possible.

One thing to watch on those E-bay press deals is the shipping. I picked up a really nice RCBS press for $38.00 a couple years ago, however the shipping on the thing was $20 due to the weight. Just something to be aware of before bidding on one without the shipping cost listed.

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Unread 09-05-2007, 08:35 AM
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why the military teams use a Bonanza Co-Ax press ( new model is Co-Ax-2) for reloading. A good one time investment for all but the most demanding benchresters. Great for F-class, High Power and hunting. As an Old Timer, I ask this "When was the last time you regreted having the best?" I spent $$$ for a homoungus press "back when" and use it for 99.9% of my shooting still. Best wishes, Overbore
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Unread 09-07-2007, 09:15 AM
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I'll chime in here. I have been reloading for years and yet I'm still learning all the time. I like the arbor press and hand dies if I'm going to the range and working loads up at the range. I have all my brass ready and primer before hand. then its just put powder in seat bullet fire see result. The problem here is I haven't been able to go spend a whole day at the range for quiet some time. usually only a few hours so I like to be set up ready to go anymore. unfortunately this occasionally will cause me to have to pull some bullet from time to time. I have as of know sold off all my hand dies and simply load on the redding turret press. Moral of the story is hand dies cost alot of money and are time consuming.

I have custom rifles for hunting not competition but all shoot .2-.3 @100 except a weatherby 300 that refuses to shoot under .6 but it is factory. I think this is good enough, I have owned the big boss and still own the ultra mag and all three are very good presses. I like the redding presses mainly because the ram stops at it highest point when the handle bottoms out. I have used RCBS and Hornady and didn't like them for this reason. No offense to anyone who loads on them. this is just my opinion. I like redding and forester dies I mix and match these to companies products. I use all micro type seaters. I use a redding trimmer and an RCBS primer seater. I also use the redding powder scale but only use it after I have established a load other wise I measure out on a redding scale and lee dippy cups. These are the methods and tools that I use this doesn't mean they are right or wrong but many years of relosding has trickled down to this.

I know I have rattle on to long so I'll leave you with this. If you buy a good press and good dies I doubt you will ever tell the difference and you'll get finished a whole lot faster. Redding makes good presses and I know of several people that love the co-ax press made by forester. I have never used one but these guys all are very experienced and there shooting shows it. Just buy good stuff up front and you won't waste alot of money.

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