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Old Today, 10:06 PM   #1
Join Date: August 12, 2011
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First, a photo of what I'm asking about:

I used to reload a lifetime ago, and still have all my old gear. I just got back from India, and am helping a relative get set up for reloading. He wants Dillon, but I've always used, and liked, RCBS. During all these discussions, I've been thinking of setting a reloading bench for myself.

In a long discussion with the tech people at RCBS, I learned about the new catalog item posted up above. It's not available yet, but should be in a couple of months or so. It seems to have corrected all the "issues" with their previous model:

People complain that the previous design spilled powder. I was told this was mostly user error, as people indexed too quickly. The new design resolves that issue. People also complained about the method of inserting primers, using the long strips. The new design uses a tube.

Anyway, on to my question. I'm used to the RCBS Big Max, which I used back in the 1980's. I've forgotten a lot, but back then I reloaded for ten years or so, before packing away my gear. The tech person at RCBS thought this would be a good choice for me. It's not as "fast" as the Dillon, but it's easier and quicker to change to a different caliber. I suppose I can simply set up my Big Max once again, and plan to do that anyway, but the more I look over this new progressive press, having watched a zillion videos on YouTube while I was in India, the more I like it.

Any thoughts about this new progressive press? (If you go to the RCBS website, you will find a link to the new catalog at the bottom of the page. There's also a 7-station press listed, which the 5-station can be converted to if desired, but I doubt I would ever need or want to do that.
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Old Today, 10:22 PM   #2
Join Date: December 11, 2010
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Wow. This is pretty interesting. It looks a lot like the Hornady LnL AP. It's a confusing move for RCBS to make too. The APS strip priming system seemed like a big advantage in their Pro-2000.
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Old Today, 10:28 PM   #3
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Looks like there is a 7 station one as well. You can convert the 5 to a 7 for $300.


They are pretty expensive though. For what you are paying for that press, you are getting close to the price of a Dillon 650 with a case feeder, a strong mount, and an ergonomic handle.
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