Loading presses ?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Iron Worker, Mar 13, 2012.

  1. Iron Worker

    Iron Worker Well-Known Member

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    What's every body using ? RCBS ? Redding ? Lee ? Why do you like it ?
     

  2. Hairtrigger

    Hairtrigger Well-Known Member

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    The RCBS Rockchucker is very popular , for a good reason
    The Hornady Press has the LNL feature which makes caliber changes fast and Hornady has customer service second to NONE!
     

  3. winmag

    winmag Well-Known Member

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    Hornady Lock-n-Load single stage. Absolutely love it. Quick, simple, & red... It matches my Jeep, & my pickup parked next to it in the garage:D
    I'd take an RCBS, & put the L-N-L quick change bushing conversion on it.
    Id take a Redding, or Dillon, or Forster too. I'm not too picky as long as its a QUALITY press.

    Someday ill have a turret press for pistol ammo, & a shotgun press to go along with my L-N-L.... Someday.
     
  4. TRG300WM

    TRG300WM Well-Known Member

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    Living in australia, i purchased an O frame made locally by an australian company called Simplex. I have had it for 32 years and it will no doubt out last me.
    It has a very heavy cast iron frame with thick steel linkages and a .8 hollow ram. Its a heavier duty version of the Rockchucker.
     

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  5. Iron Worker

    Iron Worker Well-Known Member

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    Just learned RCBS presses are now made in China ! Here I come Redding Boss
     
  6. lloydsmale

    lloydsmale Well-Known Member

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    for single stage loading ive got a rcbs rockchucker and a hornady lnl. I probably use the lock and load more because i like the lnl feature. it makes easy work out of swapping dies. the rcbs seams a bit stouter and has a bit more leverage. I just bought a lnl bushing to convert the rcbs to lock and load too but havent got around to sticking it in the press yet. My first single stage press was a lyman orange crusher. I lost that one in a fire. Its a good press too.
     
  7. Gene

    Gene Well-Known Member

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    I have a cheap Lee, a Rockchucker, and a RCBS Partner. The Partner is my favorite. It is compact, a single stage and I have it set up to take to the range.
     
  8. boomtube

    boomtube Well-Known Member

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    "What's every body using ? RCBS ? Redding ? Lee ? Why do you like it ? "

    I don't know what everybody is using but you can add Lyman. People use them all, most are satisfied with what they have and those who aren't probably aren't using what they have correctly because NO maker produces a 'bad' single stage press.

    Most of the rabid single brand defenders start with, "I've used no presses except my "Super-Duper" for 35 years with no trouble, it's the best"; meaning they are happy but have no valid basis of comparision. Fact is, similar presses work very much the same; I've used quite a few and find no effective difference in what can be done with any of them.

    Thus, what I use is irrelivant for helpful advice, it's just what I bought and use and it works but what I wish I had is much more relievant to your question. IF I had known then what I know now, my press would be red. Of the current conventional single stage presses Lee's "Classic Cast" is the biggest, strongest, probably the most precisely machined and bored press of its type and it certainly has the best combonation of user features at any price.
     
  9. Kevin Rohrer

    Kevin Rohrer Well-Known Member

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    Let me take a look...

    Dillon
    C-H
    Hollywood x 4
    Dunbar x2
    Phelps

    I prefer steel and iron over aluminum and pot metal. The Dillon 550 is the only aluminum on my bench.
     
  10. Sully2

    Sully2 Well-Known Member

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    Man...are you ever fooling yourself!!!
     
  11. Iron Worker

    Iron Worker Well-Known Member

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    I'll be buying a Redding Boss.
     
  12. Trickymissfit

    Trickymissfit Well-Known Member

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    for that kind of money, i'd buy the forster and be done with it
    gary
     
  13. Iron Worker

    Iron Worker Well-Known Member

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    Forster ? Redding Boss is $159.00 at Sportsmens Warehouse . I'll check on the Forster.
     
  14. Sully2

    Sully2 Well-Known Member

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    I dont think Ive ever even seen a Forster in my life..but I know I wouldnt walk right past a Redding Boss / Big Boss without a complete checkout. They are my next purchase ( should I decide to add another stage to my operation)

    RCBS RockCrusher
    RCBS Reloader Special 3
    Lee ( bottom of the line (??) bought for and only used for ram priming
    Dillon 550B a great loader used for quantity ( since has been sold)
    ?? Next loader..??

    RCBS 1010 scale
    RCBS ChargeMaster
    RCBS Powder trickler
    RCBS Uniflow measure with matching stand

    RCBS Lube-a-matic 2

    Now...ask me what brand of reloading equipment I prefer....:D