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Best press for using a collet die

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by BammaYankee, Mar 20, 2008.

  1. BammaYankee

    BammaYankee Well-Known Member

    Hello all!
    I'm considering an upgrade to my reloading press (currently have the Lee single stage O press to reload .308 match) only because I don't seem to be able to get a consistent even pressure on the neck sizing die the way the press is set up. Otherwise the press has served me well for many years.

    Can anyone tell me which press they would suggest? I can spend about $150.

  2. 30Cal

    30Cal Well-Known Member

    Sounds like a brass issue (does it have an accuracy impact?), not a press problem.
  3. mpmarty

    mpmarty Well-Known Member

    If the die is adjusted properly, the brass is all trimmed to proper length and the necks are reamed to uniform thickness you can keep your old press and life will be good.:)
  4. Vern Humphrey

    Vern Humphrey Well-Known Member

    I use an ancient Lyamn Spar-T turret press with Lee Collet dies and it works perfectly. I also sometimes use a Lee Hand Press.
  5. BammaYankee

    BammaYankee Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the replies!

    I'll go back and reset the die and see if it helps. What got the gears churning originally was that when I tried to hand seat a bullet, for some cases the necks were tight, but for others it slid down into the neck. After running the latter back through and leaning on the handle a bit more, they tightened up. I just assumed it was the press... maybe I need to go to the gym more often! :D
  6. YodaVader

    YodaVader Well-Known Member

    Sounds like your press will do the job. I have a Lee Classic Cast Press (about $70 when I picked it up) that I use for all my rifle reloading including resizing with the Collet die. Has produced some of the best and most consistent accuracy for my .223 loads.
  7. dagger dog

    dagger dog Well-Known Member

    I have the cheapie Lee cast aluminum pot metal press and use the Lee collet dies in .223REM. and .308 WIN. in it as opposed to my RCBS Rockchucker. That I use for full lenght and seating with micrometer style dies.
    You got the right idea about leaning on it harder!
    I actually run mine through the collet 3 times rotating the case about 1/3 of a turn each time.
  8. SASS#23149

    SASS#23149 Well-Known Member

    Although your press should be able to get the job done,there just is no comparison between that press and a Rock chucker.The wight and mass of the 'chucker is just something to behold.I have the Lee,and my neighbor just bought a 'chucker.
    They run right at 150.00 around here,from our local BiMart chain.

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