Press?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by jsthntn247, May 8, 2012.

  1. jsthntn247

    jsthntn247 Well-Known Member

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    Thinking about buying this press. It was bought when an older fellow sold all of his reloading gear to a guy in town. It is pictured next to a newer model rock chucker in this picture. Fellow wants 75 bucks for it. Looks like it's built like a tank.
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  2. reelamin

    reelamin Well-Known Member

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    Great press...I have one sitting under my bench. I have been using a RS5 for many..many years...loading up to 300RUM's. I even sold another one just like the extra one I have about 15 years ago for 50 bucks. I would not pay 75 for it, but would offer 50. If you don't have one you won't get one that quality for 75. It's used reloading equipment talk em down.
     

  3. boomtube

    boomtube Well-Known Member

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    Don't get taken in by the green brand hype, ALL iron presses are built like tanks. There are no real individual advantages to any presses in the same class; if they look alike they will work alike. Press variations are in small features like how effectively does it catch spent primers, how tall is the cartridge opening, diameter of the ram, is the lever adjustable, etc.

    I agree $75 is a bit more than I would pay for it, that's getting too close to the cost of a new Lee Classic Cast (which is the better press). If the CC had been available when I bought my Rock Chucker II my main press would be red.
     
  4. 7 loader

    7 loader Well-Known Member

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    I do love my old rockchucker. But I agree with boomtube. Lee has a better press now. $50 would be a better price.
     
  5. Sully2

    Sully2 Well-Known Member

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    For $75.....dont let it get out of your reach.

    As far as $75 being too close to the price of a new LEE Classic....thats actually laughable. They arent even in the same league let along same ballgame forgetting the price
     
  6. boomtube

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    "As far as $75 being too close to the price of a new LEE Classic....thats actually laughable. They arent even in the same league let along same ballgame forgetting the price "

    Actually, I agree. My young friend's Classic Cast is so much better than my RC II that it's laffable to think of buying anything else!

    His spent primer catcher actually works to keeps his floor and ram clean and free of primer cups/grit; his frame is strong enough for some jacketed bullet swagers; his lever is fully adjustable for side, length and angle to match the users desires; his ram has a larger, longer wearing, diameter; his was precisely bored/machined on CNC tooling; his takes cases up to .50 BMG with ease. My "wonderful" old RC? None of that! :cool:

    The fact that the CC is also less costly is merely a small side benefit to those who haven't been hurt by the current administration and still have lots of spare cash but multi-dollar savings DO matter to the rest of us! :D
     
  7. Sully2

    Sully2 Well-Known Member

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    I wouldnt swap 1 brand new RockChucker for 10 of any of the Lee presses. And although I think ALL of RCBS's stuff is too high priced...there are other brands I would buy on todays market...but Lee sure isnt one of them,
     
  8. Canvsbk

    Canvsbk Well-Known Member

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    In 40 years of reloading the Lee Classic Cast is by far the best I've ever used.
     
  9. bowhunthard

    bowhunthard Well-Known Member

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    All brand loyalty and tire-kicking aside... $75 is a decent price if you want it, if you're only buying to get a deal, $50 would be better... I have the same one and it works great, I also have a newer RCBS RCII.

    No offense to Lee, as I'm sure they make a great press, but if I bought a new press I'd probably still be going green... Redding lol :D.
     
  10. Sully2

    Sully2 Well-Known Member

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    Redding makes some top notch stuff too. If I had a need for another press...I certainly would take a long look at them
    Hornady makes some that dont look too bad either
     
  11. boomtube

    boomtube Well-Known Member

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    No brand has a lock on performance across the board. I've been reloading since '65, have owned and used quite a few presses of different models and makers (dies too) so I actually know what I'm talking about. Brand loyalty (or avoidance) demands an emotional commitment to an inanimate object that isn't justified by the facts. As a noob I had absolute personal "assurance" that my brand was 'best' because 'it works for me' and knew what all the gun store gurus said ... but I eventually learned better and grew out of it. I only recommend specific tools that have demonstrated not just acceptable performance but exceptional performance; I don't have a Lee Classic Cast so brand loyalty has nothing to do with what I said.

    I listed the specific reasons I feel the CC offers great performance for its type but I NEVER see any valid attempts to do that with 'Chuckers, which I do know about since one has been my primary press since '87. My RC is certainly a mechanically sound and servicable press but it has several shortcomings I can recognise and it sure isn't exceptional for it's class, not in any way. I won't toss it out but IF I had to replace it next week the CC is what I'd get.
     
  12. Sully2

    Sully2 Well-Known Member

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    Your right...Im wrong...Lee is the best there is. This guy ( the OP) can haunt you the rest of your life...
     
  13. Trickymissfit

    Trickymissfit Well-Known Member

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    Been using the same press for 34 years now, and it's just as good as the day I took it out of the box. I expect my Grandsons to be using it. It's painted red
    gary
     
  14. Sully2

    Sully2 Well-Known Member

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    DELETED" Arguing with Lee press owners is like arguing with a drunk...They are always right and you cant win.