What brand is your main loading press.


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msixteenman
January 5, 2009, 09:31 PM
Just trying to get an idea of the popularity of the various brands.

If you dont see your brand, name it and if I can I will edit and put it in there.

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SSN Vet
January 5, 2009, 09:34 PM
love me Classic Cast Turret Press

snakeman
January 5, 2009, 09:36 PM
i have the lee 50h anniversary and couldn't have made a better choice!

zxcvbob
January 5, 2009, 09:36 PM
C&H (it's not on your list)

crashcarruthers
January 5, 2009, 09:51 PM
The Forster Co-Ax is missing from the list, or was it the winner and your trying to figure what is runner up!

winchester243
January 5, 2009, 09:54 PM
Forster Co-Ax.

Chief-7700
January 5, 2009, 09:55 PM
Mine was first on the list

BornAgainBullseye
January 5, 2009, 09:57 PM
Lee Challenger Breech lock ! 89 dollars for the kit. Works great

dwave
January 5, 2009, 10:00 PM
Lee classic turret here.

ReloaderFred
January 5, 2009, 10:00 PM
I use three regularly, but your poll only allowed one choice. Mine are RCBS, Hornady and Hollywood, plus a special purpose Magma Case Master jr.

Fred

JimKirk
January 5, 2009, 10:01 PM
Forster Co-Ax.

Jimmy K

hlq
January 5, 2009, 10:03 PM
Lee Classic Turret here.

ranger335v
January 5, 2009, 10:07 PM
"What brand is your main loading press."

Perhaps the better question would be, "What press would you prefer?"

I've used a Rock Chucker for some 20 years but that was a shot in the dark. If I had it to do over, tomorrow, I'd get a Lee Classic Cast or Forster Co-Ax. For sure not another RC. It's okay but no better than others of its type and I'm tired spent primers all over the floor!

I didn't vote, it would be misleading data.

Redneck with a 40
January 5, 2009, 10:21 PM
Lee 4-holt turret here, probably have 12,000 rounds loaded on it so far, no problems.:)

lev83
January 5, 2009, 10:23 PM
RCBS Rock Chucker. hard to find a better single stage press.

jcwit
January 5, 2009, 10:26 PM
Have Lyman & Hornady but come back to Lee.

winchester243
January 5, 2009, 10:26 PM
I've used a Rock Chucker for some 20 years but that was a shot in the dark. If I had it to do over, tomorrow, I'd get a Lee Classic Cast or Forster Co-Ax. For sure not another RC. It's okay but no better than others of its type and I'm tired spent primers all over the floor!

I used a RC for a long time (not as long as you), went ahead and got a Co-Ax even though the RC still works. Glad I made the change. Don't wait till the RC wears out to treat yourself to a new press, you might be waiting a long, long time.

Vacek
January 5, 2009, 10:27 PM
Lee Breechlock - Awesome

BigJakeJ1s
January 5, 2009, 10:54 PM
Forster Co-Ax here. This must be a poll for also-rans. ;)

Andy

Luis Leon
January 5, 2009, 10:57 PM
I use a Lee Classic Cast Turret Press for 9mm, .38 and .357 and soon .223.

best regards,

Luis Leon

Dean Williams
January 5, 2009, 10:59 PM
I use the Lee Turret the most, (an old three hole unit), and have had it since the early 90's. It's done many tens of thousands of rounds for me. Have two other Lee presses, too.
But, I'm not prejudiced. I have an RC too, and some other blue press in storage, (not a Dillon). I can't remember what kind the blue one is. Haven't used it in quite some time.

First Big Foot
January 5, 2009, 10:59 PM
Have had a Lee Load Master close to 20 years, Dillon 550 about 5. I prefer the auto indexing.

ir3e971
January 5, 2009, 11:08 PM
Lyman T-Mag 2 for pistol.

Rockchucker for rifle.

Not necessarily what I would purchase now, but these will certainly not wear out in the foreseeable future. They certainly do the job.

lgbloader
January 5, 2009, 11:41 PM
Lee Classic Cast single stage is my main work horse.

Doug b
January 5, 2009, 11:59 PM
Forster Co-Ax

RugerBob
January 6, 2009, 05:55 AM
I have the Lee anniversery I have been using for a few years and just got a Lee pro 1000 that I use only for my 45LC. Still use my single stage for 45-70, 30-30. Lee fit my budget and works great for me. Bob

qajaq59
January 6, 2009, 09:06 AM
Herter's "O" press. And it's likely older then half the guys in here. :D

possum
January 6, 2009, 09:08 AM
30 year old RCBS rockchucker, i do plan to get either a progressive press soon, either a Hornaday LNL, or a Lee Loadmaster.

jjohnson
January 6, 2009, 09:32 AM
I've had other presses before, and ten years ago my wife bought me a 550B for Christmas. :evil:

I crank out 10-15000 rounds a year in it, mostly handgun cartridges. The press is a wonderful time saver, produces high quality ammo, and the tech support guys on Dillon's hotline are top notch.

The few times I've called Dillon they've come through big time, professional advice (on something I didn't do property because I hate to read manuals). On the couple of occasions I've wrecked a small part (my fault) they've cheerfully sent me a replacement part, no charge. When they say "No-BS Warranty," they stand behind it.

I'm 100% happy with my rig and wouldn't want anything else.:D

armoredman
January 6, 2009, 10:05 AM
RCBS RS, my only press.

English Bob
January 6, 2009, 10:19 AM
Lyman Crusher II but am currently looking at getting a Redding Big Boss II.

floydster
January 6, 2009, 10:26 AM
Lee Classic Cast turret, love it.:)

Rollis R. Karvellis
January 6, 2009, 10:35 AM
===But, I'm not prejudiced. I have an RC too, and some other blue press in storage, (not a Dillon). I can't remember what kind the blue one is. Haven't used it in quite some time.=== Might be an old Pacific, which is now Hornady. My main one is a 650, but the one that has been seeing the must use latly is a litte Lee C prees, it is setup with a universal decaping die, and this is the one I use when prossesing range pickup .223.

The Bushmaster
January 6, 2009, 10:58 AM
Lee Turret and single stage

HydeSmyler
January 6, 2009, 11:27 AM
Forster Co-Ax + Lee Challenger

Funderb
January 6, 2009, 11:29 AM
I'm glad this thread came up, I was reading the stickies as I finally get momentum up on my reloading projects.

Historian
January 6, 2009, 11:40 AM
First press...RCBS Rock Chucker. Very happy with it.

Historian

FM12
January 6, 2009, 12:05 PM
Forester C0-Ax. Now the voting is over!

Kestral
January 6, 2009, 12:35 PM
I have two Lyman AA presses about 40 yrs old,& still producing 1000 plus per week.one set up for 38spec the other 9mm.Also a Lee Turret Press about 12 yrs old which I load obsolete handgun ammo on.Always use Lyman & Lee dies,& am well pleased with the results. Must admit though if I wasnt in my middle 70s I would like a Dillon XL 650.

SlamFire1
January 6, 2009, 12:50 PM
Dillon for pistol, and for dumping the powder and seating the bullets on rifle ammo, including match ammunition.

For rifle sizing, a Redding T-7

KeithET
January 6, 2009, 12:54 PM
I use my Dillon 550B for most of my pistol reloading which is about 80% of all my reloading and shooting. When I am working up a load for one of my rifles I use my old RCBS Rockchucker. The only rifle ammo I load on the Dillon is 223 for my AR or Mini-14.

I would not part with either press since they both serve me very well. I have given thought to a turret press but realize that I get along just fine with my Dillon and RCBS presses. I'll save that money for components!

KeithET

MMCSRET
January 6, 2009, 01:12 PM
RCBS, LEE(3), Herters, Pacific(2)

cochise9424221
January 6, 2009, 02:23 PM
Dillon 550 for metallic but I use my MECs alot more for shotshells and they are not on the list.

RPCVYemen
January 6, 2009, 02:36 PM
I was going to buy a Hornady Classic LnL, and then a friend at work gave me Lyman T-Mag turret he put in storage when he bought a Dillon.

The Lyman works just fine.

Mike

Mal H
January 6, 2009, 03:28 PM
I've added the other brands I spotted - more?

Gewehr98
January 6, 2009, 03:56 PM
I use them all pretty much equally.

1 each Dillon 650

1 each Dillon 550

1 each Dillon Square Deal B

1 each Hornady 007

1 each C&H Model 206

1 each Huntington Compac

:D

PCJim
January 6, 2009, 06:26 PM
Dillon 550b for pistol loads, and me ol' RCBS Special 2 single stage O frame, since 1982, for rifle loads and .223 case prep. Unless of course there's a small lot I want to reload, then it's just the Special 2 as it is so quick to set up.

jerkface11
January 6, 2009, 06:31 PM
Forster Co-Ax here.

SpamHandler
January 6, 2009, 10:30 PM
None of the above.

I've been using a Corbin swage press on the long-stroke setting as a single-stage loader.

tasco 74
January 6, 2009, 10:45 PM
i couldn't vote.... my main press is an antique... it's an old bair press ... a good old solid cast precise c-press from nebraska..... i think they are now owned by hornady.... i use it in conjunction with my lee reloader press and i like both!!

LIFE IS SHORT.....

evan price
January 7, 2009, 12:49 AM
Primary, secondary & tertiary presses all Lee. Ammo shoots as good as anything loaded on more costly presses.

wd6bgn
January 7, 2009, 01:10 AM
Lee Pro 1000, for 9mm, .38/.357, .40S&W and .45 LC. A bit of a pain to setup for a new cal. but I can crank out a box (50) .45 LC in about 15 min. Including drinking some coffee and anwering wife's questions, (Like Taste This!) I want a 3000, is easier to change setups. Takes me about 1/2 hour, by the time I set the powder charge, etc.

-Ralph

cpttango30
January 7, 2009, 08:45 AM
I have two presses that I use equaly. My RCBS does all my rifle work and my Dillon does all my 45acp work.

Cayoot
January 7, 2009, 09:56 AM
I have 2 Hornady LNL progressives, one RCBS turrent, and one RCBS Jr.

The Jr was part of the ammo master kit and ammo master II that I bought way back when I was 17 years old. (That was 30 years ago). I still use all the components in the kit, but I've relagated the Jr press to bullet pulling duties.

I use the Turrent for most of my rifle reloading.

My Hornady LNL AP (progressives) are set up, one for small primers (with case feeder) and one for large primers.

I purchased the first Hornady back in 1994. It has been so great (and I really like the LNL system) that last year I purchased the 2nd Hornady press because I load alot (a whole lot) of .38, 9mm, .41 Mag and .45 acp/auto rim.

The convienence of my set up is something I've settled on over the decades to allow me to load lots of various calibers with very little time spent on caliber conversions.

TooTaxed
January 7, 2009, 06:08 PM
I have a Hornady L-N-L progressive...(have replaced my Lee Loadmaster with it)...plus a RCBS Jr and a Herter's cast iron "C" tool single-stage presses, which I use for loading small test batches for load development, and for loading calibers I dont shoot often or in great quantity, such as hunting loads. The progressive is for large batches, once I've worked up a load using the single stages.

easyrider6042004@yahoo.ca
January 8, 2009, 05:14 PM
Looks like Lee is holding its own, for now, 62 votes vs. Dillon's 48.

I voted Dillon, cos that's my primary press, but have a Lee Classic Cast that is outstanding value and quality and a Loadmaster for .38/.357 that has to be set-up soon. Had a Pro1000 a long time ago. Both brands work for me.

Calibre44
January 8, 2009, 06:04 PM
RCBS Rock Chucker - very reliable

Matt-J2
January 8, 2009, 06:22 PM
I answered Lee, since that's what's on the bench right now, but all I have is the Lee Challenger and an RCBS Jr V. I just like the Lee better right now for the ball on the handle and the primer catcher. I got the RCBS 3rd or 4th hand and it doesn't even have the tray to catch primers.

theotherwaldo
January 8, 2009, 07:31 PM
-A variety of slightly modified Lee presses.

JackOfAllTradesMasterAtNone
January 9, 2009, 03:48 AM
I have two presses that I use. My RCBS Rock Chucker does all my rifle work and my Dillon450 does all my pistol work.

-Steve

helz_mcfugly
January 10, 2009, 01:41 AM
RCBS Pro 2000. love it. customer service is outstanding. life time warrenty

Hairballusmaximus
January 10, 2009, 03:41 AM
I currently use the Horny AP the most but have only had it for a month or so.

I also have a RCBS chucker, MEC (Loadmaster, I think??) and a LYMAN, but cant remember which one.

THe Dove
January 10, 2009, 09:45 AM
RCBS Rock Chucker II, been using it since 1994 and still works great.

The Dove

Loco
January 10, 2009, 03:01 PM
I have 2 Dillon 650's that are awesome machine's. I must say I love my twin's.


Loco

wolfeyes
January 11, 2009, 03:27 AM
Lee Turret......jh

Molasses
January 11, 2009, 07:36 AM
I've got presses from Dillon, Hornady, Lyman, Lee, RCBS, Bonanza and shotshell loaders from Herters and P-W.

Seems like I do half my metallic cartridge reloading on the old Bonanza Co-Ax; it's far and away the most convenient to set up and work with for small batches.

paperpuncher49
January 11, 2009, 09:15 AM
Quote: Forster Co-Ax here. This must be a poll for also-rans.

+1. Nothing even comes close.

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