when you start to crunch all the numbers the cost difference comes together quickly between the Co-Ax and the RCBS press. Besides the Co-Ax has a made in USA lable on it instead of made in China. It will probably last you a couple life times, and if you grow tired of it just sell it on Ebay for almost what you paid for it.No. Is my short answer. My long answer is that if you are brand new and don't have a clue as to what you might want or need but are in a big hurry to get started, it might not be a bad option.
Rock Chuckers are great presses. I have three of them set up on my reloader bench. I have not purchased one new and have not paid more than $175 for any of them. They can be had on Flea Bay and Craigs List, used for under $200 pretty readily if you keep an eye out.
I have been reloading for over 20 years so I have developed some definate likes and dislikes during that timeframe amongst the scads of reloading equipment out there.
Without going into a lot of detail, here is what I wish I would have bought the first time around.
- A Rock Chucker press (The Co-Ax is a great press if you can justify the money.)
- A RCBS Balance Beam scale. (Unless you spend a lot of money, I have not found an electronic scale that is as good as a upper end RCBS blanace beam type scale.)
- I like the large blue brass tumbler from Dillon. I can put a crapload in it at one time and it has been doing a good job for the last 15 years. I have literally cleaned a ton of brass with it.
- I like the RCBS micrometer powder dispenser. Yeah, it has a few issues when dealing with stick powders but thats what tricklers are for. It will literally last forever.
- I have a Forster case trimmer, every possible brand of dies and more crazy guages as specialty tools than I'd like to admit to.
It's an addiction that I have gotten thousands of hours of satisfaction out of. Good luck!
the newer RCBS are Chinese??? I knew their calipers had gone there, but I wasn't aware the presses had.....I've got a newer model original rockchucker, is that Chinese??when you start to crunch all the numbers the cost difference comes together quickly between the Co-Ax and the RCBS press. Besides the Co-Ax has a made in USA lable on it instead of made in China. It will probably last you a couple life times, and if you grow tired of it just sell it on Ebay for almost what you paid for it.
No powder measure does stick powders very well. I like the cheap Lyman #55.