which reloading press?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by saskhunter, Aug 18, 2010.

  1. saskhunter

    saskhunter Member

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    just wondering if there is a certain kind of press i should be looking at. my buddy has a rcbs rockchucker but i see hornady has some and redding has many different ones. i am shooting a 300wsm now but in the near future hope to get my hands on a 338 edge or lapua. is there a all aroind press that will work for both?
     
  2. winmag

    winmag Well-Known Member

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    The RCBS is a great press, but if Im not mistaken the Hornady has a longer throw of the ram. That would bennifit you with long cases.
    Im not knockin the RCBS in any way, but I can tell you that I wouldnt trade my Hornady Lock-N-Load single stage for any other. I love that thing!!! Changing dies, and not having to mess with a set screw ROCKS!!!!!!!!! So quick and easy its almost sickening to have to use a buddy's press when I over at thier place playin around.
    Ill vote Hornady.
    I here Dillon has a quality press thats large, but Ive never used one. To be honest I have never loaded for anything longer than my 300wby, so I couldnt tell you with any certainty about how much room youll have with your Lapua. But I have room to spare on my Hornady L-N-L when loading for the 300wby. Good luck with your choice. Theres lots of good presses out there.
     

  3. boomtube

    boomtube Well-Known Member

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    Any brand's top single stage presses will work fine for any cartridges made.
     
  4. The Duke007

    The Duke007 Well-Known Member

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    I use a forster press. I think it probably the best press on the market. Change your dies in seconds. Forster all the way!
     
  5. Booney

    Booney Well-Known Member

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    + 1 for Forester co axl by far the the best.
     
  6. Eaglet

    Eaglet Well-Known Member

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    I also use a Forster press, only thing against it is the price which isn't that bad compared to what you get.

    If you don't have that kind of money, then the Lee Classic Cast is tough to beat. It's a solid life long lasting animal that can be used even for the 0.50 BMG. At Midway I haven't seen a product with so many "5 stars".

    Cabela's got them on sale!

    Cabela's -- Lee Classic Cast Reloading Press
     
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  7. MikeMurf0505

    MikeMurf0505 Well-Known Member

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    Forster co-axial
    rcbs chargemaster to go with it would be a great choice too.
     
  8. MikeMurf0505

    MikeMurf0505 Well-Known Member

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    Rcbs chargemaster is a powder measure, it just makes loading very easy as it has an automatic setting that allows the powder to start flowing as soon as you replace the empty dish.
     
  9. flashhole

    flashhole Well-Known Member

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    I had a Forster at one time. Nice press but got tired of pinching my fingers trying to seat a bullet in a 300 Win Mag case. I like seat dies with micrometer adjusts and they didn't fit in the Forster. I got a Redding Ultramag and favor it over any other press.
     
  10. BigJakeJ1s

    BigJakeJ1s Well-Known Member

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    The current model of Co-Ax press has a longer handle yoke, and will clear practically any 7/8-14 die, even micrometer. For cases longer than standard magnum length, it does get a little tight seating a bullet, and the UltraMag is good for that.

    The co-ax and UltraMag are both excellent presses. I like the features and design of my co-ax though, from the floating, snap-in/out die retention, automatic shell holder jaws, and flawless spent primer handling, to the over-the-top, down-the-middle handle motion.

    Andy
     
  11. MSLRHunter

    MSLRHunter Well-Known Member

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    I use the hornady lock n load single stage press and I love it. It uses a bushing system for the dies, so when you get your dies set like you want them, just remove the bushing with the die intact and put in another die in its own bushing and you are ready to go, no more adjusting.
     
  12. 6hangingc

    6hangingc Well-Known Member

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    +1 for the Forster co-axial. Love mine . It is great to use and produces very concentric rounds
     
  13. Eaglet

    Eaglet Well-Known Member

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    Definitely there is more room in the Redding Ultramag.

    I'm a big guy with big hands, I have, for many years, reloaded for the 300 RUM using 210 Berger bullets and presently I'm reloading for the 338-300 RUM using 300 grains SMK and no finger pinching as of yet. Largest COAL I've done is 3.800".
     
  14. Mike6158

    Mike6158 Well-Known Member

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    Ditto. I load .338-300 with 300 gr SMK's with the newer style Forster press with no problems. I have the UltraMag press but no room on the bench for it so I have to bolt it on when I want to use it. I originally bought it to neck up .300 RUM brass but the Forster does a good job on that do until I redo my reloading room I'll just use the Forster.