Need a god press

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by Akkill, Oct 15, 2009.

  1. Akkill

    Akkill Well-Known Member

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    Hello guys i want to buy a good press , dies, deburing tool and digital scale i want good equipment, i`m going to start reloading but i want someting durable and usefull wen i strat necking up or down cases in the future, currently i have a 222 remington, 6mm rem, 270 win, 30-06 springfield and next year maybe a 338 lapua or similar.

    So if i need someting else please let me know.
     
  2. 4bycamper

    4bycamper Well-Known Member

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    RCBS or Hornady single stage press is a good place to start.
    If a starter kit is available you might save a little $$.
    I started with a RCBS Junior.
    I'd like to get rid of it but that press just won't quit. :D
     

  3. trebark

    trebark Well-Known Member

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    RCBS is a good press. I started with the Rock Chucker kit and built up equipment from there.

    As for dies, you will hear lots of conversation. I use Lee dies but many will pile on that Redding is the only way to go.
     
  4. Winchester 69

    Winchester 69 Well-Known Member

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    Re: Need a good press

    Forster and Redding make the better presses and dies. The RCBS ChargeMaster Combo is the best answer to your scale/powder measure requirement. The spec for a 338LM-capable press shakes up your selection. Redding's Big Boss may be capable; their UltraMag will definitely do it, but would not be my first choice in a general-use press.

    A VLD-type inside chamfer is preferable. The Sinclair catalog will show you the better accessories.

    Imperial sizing wax and a dial caliper are needed. You'll also need tools to trim brass and to seat primers.
     
  5. Aldon

    Aldon Well-Known Member

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    Go with Forster Co-Ax or Redding Ultramag in my opinion.

    Reddings T-7 is good as well but depending on the torque you may end up putting on it you might wish to play it safe with the Ultramag.

    Do a little searching on the Forster and you will likely choose it.

    But the other brands have decent presses as well.

    I like Forster dies for the most part with Lee decapper and neck collett die.

    Buy Quality and buy it once:)
     
  6. retired2hunt

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    I have several different presses and in my opinion if you want a volume press Than I would suggest the 550 dillion. If you do not need volume now than the RCBS RockChucker is bullet proof and when you buy the package deal you get all you need other than the electric scale.lightbulb
     
  7. Akkill

    Akkill Well-Known Member

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    Forster co-ax press is really good for shorter OAL's. Best feature is the spring loaded case holder jaws. It centers the case and allows it to float in the die, resulting in low runout (straight bullets). I also have the Ultramag, and it works like anyother press, but handles my 300 ultra where the coax will not. In terms of good quality gear, there are several good manufactures. I like Sinclairs stuff and K&M for case prep (neck turning, deburing, flash hole/pocket uniforming and the like). Redding makes really good dies, but there are several other quality manufactures. I would buy a balance beam scale even if you are going to go with an electric. Electric scales can be sensitive and drift from one load to the next.

    Ultimately, it all depends on the uniformity that you are trying to achieve. A lot of folks want the very best, but cannot shoot good enough to realize the benefit of the best. It is easy to get to the point of splitting hairs and diminishing returns. Who ever it is, make sure that it is made here in the USA.
     
  9. Winchester 69

    Winchester 69 Well-Known Member

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    Last edited: Oct 20, 2009
  10. boomtube

    boomtube Well-Known Member

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    Some will choke on the thought but Lee's Classic Cast will handle anything up to .50 BMG and is very well made on modern CNC equipent. It's very strong, made of cast railroad rails - not cheaper, weaker cast iron. It has an excellant fully adjustable lever system. A really good spent primer catcher system. It costs MUCH less than any of it's closest competitors, if money means anything. No one will every wear one out!

    And, unlike the current RCBS RC, it's all made in the USA!
     
  11. retired2hunt

    retired2hunt Active Member

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    You got that right I should have included that in my original message. I would look at E-Bay as I bought mine there. They have some excellant deals. Always check with new price to make sure its a good deal.