Need help with press: T-7, Forester, Harrell or O?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by halvey, Jul 20, 2005.

  1. halvey

    halvey Active Member

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    Up until now, I’ve loaded my rifle ammo “single stage” using my Dillon 550. It worked ok, but I wasn’t real happy with runout. There was just too much play in the toolhead. Also, when I changed out shellplates for the caliber conversion, and then switched back, I got a little more runout.

    So I am looking for a press. I was set on the Redding T-7, but from some reading I’ve done on these forums, I’m not sure if my runout would be much better. It seems a lot of guys are using the Rockchucker. But it seems inconvienant to switch out dies on an O press. I looked into the Forester Co-Ax and it seems this would be the deal, but would there be slop just like the T-7 or the Dillon? Forester (of course) says no, if you use their locking rings. Would the Harrell be the deal? I like the idea of setting the dies and that’s it, but not if I have to deal with the runout.

    I am loading for .223 and .308 and will most likely keep with those calibers for the time being.

    Any help is appreciated.
     
  2. bucknutz

    bucknutz Well-Known Member

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    i have a forster,and it is fantastic.one thing to watch out for is "long seater dies"the handle lacks real long clearance for that. for .223-.308 should not matter.just know it,then get it /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif
     

  3. sniper2

    sniper2 Well-Known Member

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    I have loaded many sub-sub rounds on Rockchucker press.One friend has a Hornady press that works great also his has the
    easy change dies.I like Forster dies but gave away one of the Bonanza presses but they are good for shorter rounds.
     
  4. Eaglet

    Eaglet Well-Known Member

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    Halvey,
    I load for the 243 Winch., .308 Winch., 30-06, 300 Winch. Mag, 300 Remington Ultra Mag and I use the Forster Co-Ax press. Excellent Press!!!