Best Depriming Press


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EG3
April 23, 2014, 09:12 PM
What do you all recommend for a cheap press just for deprimming. The only feature I really would want is a system that feeds spent primers into a container. Also if you know of a sale somewhere for such a press let me know.

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medalguy
April 23, 2014, 11:27 PM
I've used a Rockchucker press for rifle depriming for many years. Works fine but then any single stage press should work just as well. Look on evilbay for used presses.

EG3
April 23, 2014, 11:32 PM
I tried that route. Stuff gets constantly pushed past list price and there is someone who is always willing to pay more than you. Especially during the last few seconds. Very frustrating and not very helpful. CL has not had anything up for a while. And of course when something does come up the price is ridiculous and/or sold.

KingM
April 24, 2014, 12:09 AM
How much are you willing to pay?

EG3
April 24, 2014, 12:13 AM
Well. Originally I wanted some thing super cheap. Then I wanted something with a spent primer system. Now I might be leaning toward something I could use for precision loading. But I guess to answer your question less than $100 for now. Although if I buy something nicer later I might as well get it now. But I am not really in a position to spend to much right now.

KingM
April 24, 2014, 12:28 AM
A Lee Classic Cast is a really nice heavy press that does well with handling primers for about $112. A Challenger is about $70 & looks to handle primers the same but it is aluminum but should still be a decent press. There is a Precision press I have never used that would push primers out but no idea how it disposes them but it is only $35 but doesn't look heavy enough to add the task of sizing rifle cases. Then there is the hand press for about $30 that all the primers stay in the shaft. I didn't like the hand press but others on here like it. It does have the leverage to size rifle cases.

EG3
April 24, 2014, 12:35 AM
The classic cast sounds good. I guess now to search the web for the cheapest price. Anyone have one used for sale? Or something similar

rcmodel
April 24, 2014, 12:46 AM
I bought a little Lee Reloader press for less then $20 bucks a few years ago.
Then made a wood base and an aluminum slide-out spent primer catcher drawer.

Works like a charm.
Except it's too small to get my hand holding a larger rifle case in the opening at the same time!


http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j219/rcmodel/KTOG/Leepress.jpg

Just clamp it to a bench with a wood clamp for use.

rc

KingM
April 24, 2014, 12:48 AM
https://fsreloading.com/lee-precision-classic-cast-press-90998.html

Best prices that I know of.

EG3
April 24, 2014, 01:15 AM
I bought a little Lee Reloader press for less then $20 bucks a few years ago.
Then made a wood base and an aluminum slide-out spent primer catcher drawer.

Works like a charm.
Except it's too small to get my hand holding a larger rifle case in the opening at the same time!


http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j219/rcmodel/KTOG/Leepress.jpg

Just clamp it to a bench with a wood clamp for use.

rc


Very crafty. I like it

Nordeste
April 24, 2014, 07:17 AM
I bought a little Lee Reloader press for less then $20 bucks a few years ago.
Then made a wood base and an aluminum slide-out spent primer catcher drawer.

Works like a charm.
Except it's too small to get my hand holding a larger rifle case in the opening at the same time!


http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j219/rcmodel/KTOG/Leepress.jpg

Just clamp it to a bench with a wood clamp for use.

rc

That's the one I was about to suggest. Smart way to collect the spent primers.

ArchAngelCD
April 24, 2014, 06:16 PM
I was going to suggest that low cost press from Lee but i see RC already did that. That is a good choice and the current price new is only $28.49.
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/807734/lee-reloader-single-stage-press

Since you said you are willing to spend up to $100 would you be willing to go $7 more? The Lee Cast Iron O-frame press is as strong as you can get. It will last forever and you can use it for loading ammo too, not only decapping.
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/317831/lee-classic-cast-single-stage-press?cm_vc=ProductFinding

Rule3
April 24, 2014, 06:46 PM
I have LEE Challenger single stage breech lock I'll sell . It will deprime anything. Same as the classic only alloy (lighter but it has enough leverage.

http://ads.midwayusa.com/product/176078/lee-challenger-breech-lock-single-stage-press?cm_vc=ProductFinding

joustin
April 24, 2014, 06:55 PM
You can get a Lee Breech Lock Challenger for $57 before shipping if you have the right account at Grafs

EG3
April 24, 2014, 07:07 PM
What's the right account?

MDphotographer
April 24, 2014, 09:11 PM
I have a rockchucker in good condition I would sell for $100 +shipping also a Lyman Turbo 1200 with autoflow tumbler and a Uniflow powder measure for good prices

KingM
April 24, 2014, 09:50 PM
He said he wanted a good system to feed spent primers into a container. I don't think RCBS does a very good job at that.

WestKentucky
April 24, 2014, 10:11 PM
Absolutely what rc has. No need for a no frame for depriming. My bench has a rockchucker next to the lee c frame. I punch primers in the c frame, resize and bell in the rockchucker, then seat and crimp usually in the rockchucker, but for loads I'm not working for super accuracy (38spl plinkers) they go in the c frame. Easier to load the brass in a c than in an O

EG3
April 24, 2014, 11:27 PM
Does "no" mean not open?

KingM
April 25, 2014, 12:34 AM
Absolutely what rc has. No need for a no frame for depriming. My bench has a rockchucker next to the lee c frame. I punch primers in the c frame, resize and bell in the rockchucker, then seat and crimp usually in the rockchucker, but for loads I'm not working for super accuracy (38spl plinkers) they go in the c frame. Easier to load the brass in a c than in an O
If this is what your talking about then it was a typo I'm sure. "no" should have said "O"

ArchAngelCD
April 25, 2014, 01:07 AM
EG3, what are you using to load ammo? That might make a big difference and I agree there is no need for an O-frame press for depriming. The C-frame press I linked to and RC pictured is more than adequate. What are you loading with?

EG3
April 25, 2014, 01:27 AM
Lnl ap. I really like it but I like to deprive before I tumble. And now I am getting into wet tumbling. When depriming nasty range brass the dirt and debris just get into all the crevices. Especially the priming shuttle. So it's a pain to have to take everything apart to get a thorough cleaning in. I reload a lot and just want to be more efficient.

I guess I should throw in that I have only been reloading for about a year and 9mm is the only caliber I reload (for now). My 9mm round count is probably past 6k by now.

KingM
April 25, 2014, 01:36 AM
I'd look at what you might get into reloading then. If your not planning to reload anything except a short straight walled case then the C frame should even do that well. Now if your getting into 50BMG next week then we are on the other end of the scale.

ETA: It is always useful to have a SS for this or that but if 9mm is all you will ever do I wouldn't waste the money on a big beefy press. However if your planing rifle it would be an investment. It may still be a investment to have both to you.

Sometimes a big hammer isn't the right tool for the job even if you can still do the job with it.

ArchAngelCD
April 25, 2014, 01:40 AM
Lnl ap. I really like it but I like to deprive before I tumble. And now I am getting into wet tumbling. When depriming nasty range brass the dirt and debris just get into all the crevices. Especially the priming shuttle. So it's a pain to have to take everything apart to get a thorough cleaning in. I reload a lot and just want to be more efficient.

I guess I should throw in that I have only been reloading for about a year and 9mm is the only caliber I reload (for now). My 9mm round count is probably past 6k by now.
Since you already have a good press that $29 Lee C-frame press is probably your perfect solution. IMO you won't do much better unless you build it yourself...

EG3
April 25, 2014, 01:48 AM
Well. I plan on doing 5.56 soon. I have all components necessary. The only thing I am unsure of is getting a chrono. The rifle I plan loading on is AR. I would also like to get into 7.62x51 (but need that rifle first). I likes shooting 50 BMG but I don't think I can afford to really get into it (maybe down the road).

KingM
April 25, 2014, 02:38 AM
I would end with at least the Classic Cast Myself doing the rifle rounds. They can be done on the LNL AP but to me it was such a pain I sold mine. I prefer to do my rifle rounds on a SS & all my handgun on ether my Pro1000 or my Load Master. I'm not really into cleaning brass unless it is polishing the cartridge after I'm done.

My guess is you will be happy with yourself if you go ahead & buy the Classic Cast.

EG3
April 25, 2014, 03:08 AM
Thanks for all the info. I think I will settle on the basic lee for deprimming. And a used rock chucker. That should solve my current issue and keep me going on future projects.

KingM
April 25, 2014, 03:48 AM
Thanks for considering our advice.

stubbicatt
April 26, 2014, 09:27 AM
There are these old pliers type recapping hand tools you could use, just hold the device over your trash can while depriming.

Still that little Lee "C" press will do the deed for a lot less money if you have the real estate on your bench top to use it.

gamestalker
April 27, 2014, 01:12 AM
Don't most all presses have a system by which to collect spent primer's? I would consider it rather unusual to build a press, that doesn't include such a feature.

All presses I know deprime / resize and perform most all other necessary functions of reloading. You might consider one of RCBS's single stage presses, can't go wrong with the Rock Chucker.

GS

EG3
April 27, 2014, 01:35 AM
Don't most all presses have a system by which to collect spent primer's? I would consider it rather unusual to build a press, that doesn't include such a feature.

All presses I know deprime / resize and perform most all other necessary functions of reloading. You might consider one of RCBS's single stage presses, can't go wrong with the Rock Chucker.

GS
The problem with mine is that I deprime before I tumble and the debris gets into all the crevices on my lnl ap. The priming system will not function correctly unless it is clean. I am picking up a used rock chucker with a modified spent primer catcher. I can also use the SS for more precise rifle loads. By the way if I deprime after tumbling I still get debris from media stuck in the flash hole.

joustin
April 27, 2014, 02:36 AM
Sorry I missed the three, a dealer account at grads if you have a C&R FFL

EG3
April 27, 2014, 07:05 AM
Sorry I missed the three, a dealer account at grads if you have a C&R FFL
Oh. That sounds like fun

RussellC
April 27, 2014, 05:23 PM
I use the Lee Classic Breechlock for depriming. I also have a Lee hand press I used to deprime with watching TV. Now, I use the Classic BL to do that on one of Lee's portable stands. Dont have a brick to stabilize it, but a 50 cal. ammo box full of 9mm works!

With both my loads, .223 and 9mm, I like to deprime brass and then clean it (and trim the .223). I then do batches of brass sized and primed. I like to store cleaned, sized and primed brass in good quantity. Then as ammo is needed, A Lee Classic Turret Press spits then out plenty quick for my purposes.

Russellc

EG3
April 28, 2014, 01:46 AM
That's kinda what I want to do. Prep all my 5.55 at once. It might take a while last check I was over 10k that all need to be sized deprimed swagged and trimmed. It's gunna be a long evolution.

AlliedArmory
April 28, 2014, 07:49 AM
I deprime with a progressive press. Stated with a LNL AP, then a Dillon XL650 and now a Super 1050. Just use a shop vac or compressed air to blow out the crud.

Since you use a LNL AP, it is even easier for you since the does are all QD.

If you really want another press to do this, get a Lee single stage. Cheapest way to go. You can always get a Lee progressive.

EG3
April 28, 2014, 08:57 AM
Thanks for all the suggestions and sharing. It is great to hear from more experienced reloaders.

WanMan99
April 29, 2014, 07:52 PM
I use a Lee Single Stage for decapping, a RCBS bench priming tool for priming and then a Lee 4 hole turret press for loading = $275 or so for all three

GLOOB
April 29, 2014, 08:44 PM
Wow, the price went up on those Breechlocks. IIRC, they sold for ~$55.00 3 years ago on the Lee website?

Don't most all presses have a system by which to collect spent primer's? I would consider it rather unusual to build a press, that doesn't include such a feature.

There are 101 ways to skin a cat. Some are way better than others. :)

EG3
April 30, 2014, 06:22 PM
Prices have gone up for just about anything to do with reloading, except for a few online sites. Supply and Demand

Potatohead
April 30, 2014, 07:22 PM
I was going to suggest that low cost press from Lee but i see RC already did that. That is a good choice and the current price new is only $28.49.
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/807734/lee-reloader-single-stage-press

Since you said you are willing to spend up to $100 would you be willing to go $7 more? The Lee Cast Iron O-frame press is as strong as you can get. It will last forever and you can use it for loading ammo too, not only decapping.
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/317831/lee-classic-cast-single-stage-press?cm_vc=ProductFinding
Is the Lee Reloader sturdy enough for rifle sizing? I feel like Im really giving my LCT a workout when I size 223.

KingM
April 30, 2014, 07:55 PM
Is the Lee Reloader sturdy enough for rifle sizing? I feel like Im really giving my LCT a workout when I size 223.
I've never used one but I doubt it. The press can probably do it but with the small base you would need a very sturdy surface to your bench to take the stress over the small area & leverage can't be great.

Potatohead
May 1, 2014, 11:22 AM
thanks

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