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C&h 205

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by biogenic, Oct 22, 2011.

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  1. biogenic

    biogenic Member

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    Can you guys give me some feedback on the c&h 205 press? Worthwhile getting? A friend has one for sale for about 30 bucks.
     
  2. Walkalong

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    I am not familiar with that press, but C&H makes good stuff, so I would think it was probably worth $30.
     
  3. oldpapps

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    I've had a C&H Offset 'O' for......... 48 years.
    When I wear it out, I think I'll get another one.

    All of the C&H products that I have seen and used have been top notch. I don't know the model number you are looking at, but the price sound good to me. Any thing it is missing can be replaced by C&H. I have had great service from them over the years. Go to their Web Page for more/better info on this model.

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  4. biogenic

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    Thanks. Do they take the standard dies?
     
  5. Uniquedot

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    The 205 does not have compound linkage, but it's still worth $30.00.
     
  6. bds

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    I have a C&H 205 that I use for reloading .308/.223 and it takes the standard 7/8- 14 dies (Lee .308 die/shell holder shown in picture). But you need to check as I believe they made both the standard 7/8- 14 and larger 1 - 14 top bushing models.

    It has worked very well for resizing even thicker walled military .308 cases and ram lever effort is comparable to Lee Classic Turret. One thing is that I like to resize my cases sitting down (yeah, call me lazy :D) but the C&H 205 ram lever will not go below level whereas the LCT ram lever handle is adjustable for sit down resizing.

    The 205 press is very sturdy. I abuse mine resizing .308 cases and it seems to just laugh at them. BTW, C&H manufacturing and service is still done by CH Tool & Die/4-D Die Company - http://www.ch4d.com/

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    Sorry I don't know the model but mine does use standard dies. Check with the people at C&H, this is the Web Page address http://www.ch4d.com/

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  8. bds

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    oldpapps, press model number is located on the left side just below the C&H logo.

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    bds, your 205 has compound linkage. The one that i saw didn't. I guess when they changed the design they didn't change the model number?
     
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    Not sure but this is what's indicated on their website (keep in mind that this info might be dated) - http://www.ch4d.com/
    The website picture on the left shows the Champion press that has the larger 1 - 14 top bushing. Mine on the right has standard 7/8- 14 top bushing and shows slightly different linkage attachments due to the smaller ram diameter but the overall compound design is the same.

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  11. oldpapps

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    bds,
    'yompin yeamoie' you're right. And I found a box of empty 44 mags down under the bench too. It's a 205 and that number is on the loading arm too. Oh, mine doesn't look like the photo you have posted above. Learn something new all of the time... or maybe it's like my daughter says, forget something new all of the time. Now if I can just remember where I put my Lyman book.....

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    C-H has been making nice presses since the late 50's/ early 60's. It's great stuff, and definitely worth $30.
     
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    I have to agree on the C H products being top quality stuff. I have dies and several other products of theirs and I think that mine are all top of the shelf stuff. Never did get a chance to buy a good used press of theirs yet but would in a heartbeat for sure. **I never buy new if I can help it--that's why I reload.:D
     
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