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Old 12-23-2007, 12:21 PM
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Thanks A.J. I use a Rockchucker and have been contemplating C-clams and plywood and thinking hard about this hand press. I am going to pick 1 up after christmas. A concentricity gauge is on my list. so I can't easure runout yet. but will let you know how the same rounds shoot.
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Thanks A.J. I use a Rockchucker and have been contemplating C-clams and plywood and thinking hard about this hand press. I am going to pick 1 up after christmas. A concentricity gauge is on my list. so I can't easure runout yet. but will let you know how the same rounds shoot.
I just measured the difference between my Rockchucker and the hand press, the handpress is .085" closer, so 1 1/4 turns out with your dies would get you awful close.

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Old 12-23-2007, 07:26 PM
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Not really. The press I was talking about is the big AmmoMaster 2 that I use for my 338AM and it does a good job and has a HUGE window for the big guy. I'm sure the runout I saw on those rounds were a combination of the long throw on the press and my 'carefullness'. I've made very good rounds on that press in the past, I think its just too big of a press for such a short (WSM ) round, any small amount of out of square (none of them are perfect) or 'looseness' shows up at the very top of the stroke (just when the WSM is feeding into the dies). After all, in comparison to a lot of reloads I've measured (from other folks) .002" average isn't all that bad, I was just completely impressed with the rounds I made with the little hand press.

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AJ could you do the same thing with the 338am? Did you play with differnt seatings with your 338am? What did you end up with for ES and velocity and powder and load? Kirby starded to put my 338am together last week.
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Old 12-23-2007, 07:42 PM
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AJ could you do the same thing with the 338am? Did you play with differnt seatings with your 338am? What did you end up with for ES and velocity and powder and load? Kirby starded to put my 338am together last week.
I will be doing the exact same thing for my 338AM. I only had a few days from the time I received my 338AM until my elk hunt. I used the low end loading and tried a few seating depths until I found one that worked well, it ended up being a few thou off the lands and it shot great, so I left it. I will be fine tuning the load this spring (as if being able to hit at 1200+yds needs fine tuning!). I am using 143gr H50BMG, Fed 215M primer and 300SMK. Email me at don_peacock at hotmail dot com if you want to discuss in detail. Velocity leveled out at almost exactly 3300fps with once fired brass, a little lower on the new (only fireformed) brass. I didn't shoot enough over a chrono to do an SD or get a lot of data for a meaningful ES. The few rounds I checked were very close to 3300fps.

To use the hand-press on the 338AM, you need to grind a short flat on the front edge of the shell-holder, as it will rub the press otherwise. Then you insert the shell into the seating die and then install the shell holder over the shell and into the press at the same time (super easy to do, hard to explain).

I actually reloaded some 338AM today and loaded them all real long so I can do final seating at the range. I seated the first 5 to my known good length using the hand seater and it worked perfectly (I did need to readjust the die, but thats not a big deal). I placed another lock ring above the first one, so I can easily reset for my big press.

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Old 12-24-2007, 02:22 PM
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I have used a RCBS Partner press at the range for bullet seating. Nice little press and with a pair of "C" clamps yer good to go.Do your FL sizing at home and use the little guy at the range. Keep in mind that when you do this that the RCBS will become your designated seating prees unless you are planing to reset your seater at home.

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I have used a RCBS Partner press at the range for bullet seating. Nice little press and with a pair of "C" clamps yer good to go.Do your FL sizing at home and use the little guy at the range. Keep in mind that when you do this that the RCBS will become your designated seating prees unless you are planing to reset your seater at home.

MidwayUSA - RCBS Partner Single Stage Press
I only re-seat the bullets at the range. While adjusting a load, I resize,prime, powder and seat them FAR TOO LONG at home, then I can experiment with seating depth at the range. The little hand press will fit in my shooting bag with my calipers and I'm good to go.

How do you measure your powder when you load at the range? I've tried in breezy environments and its a no-go with scales I've tried.

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I've been considering getting one of those for a while, I've heard nothing but good things about them and have some close friends that use nothing but the Lee hand press. Of course they aren't long range guys, I think your glowing review will probably spur me to have one in my possesion in short order. I've wanted one for the purpose of a dedicated depriming die and seating at the range just as you did, but the possibility of being able to use it as an all around press is just great. What cartridges have you resized in it? Will it handle the belted magnums?
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