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Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by LRkid92, Mar 22, 2019.

  1. LRkid92

    LRkid92 Member

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    Anyone tried any of the “new”presses, I’m kind of digging the frankford arsenal press and just wondering how much better can it be? My current love is rcbs Rock Chucker Supreme and my ammo stays pretty concentric or if someone can recommend one of the other new flavors coming out. I only have about 450 dollars to burn on a new press setup but it shall be burned lol
     
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  2. JimKirk

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    I started out with the RCBS Rock Chucker press kit(1969) ..... I moved on to the CoAx press a couple years later ....I still use all the "pieces" that came in the kit ... along with the .30/06 dies that came with it ....

    I believe I am up to about twenty four different cartridges that I load for now ... just added a set of RCBS .308 Win dies that had 74 stamped on them ....so they fit right in with the rest ...

    Take a look at the Forster CoAx press ....mine has been a good one ! I have that set of .30/06 dies that the lock rings have never been moved since the day I set them back in 1969 .... All I have to do is take them out the die box and slide in the slot on the CoAx .... Can change dies in about three seconds .... and never have to worry about getting out of adjustment .... Plus the press is really slick operating and makes really good ammo....
     
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  3. jmorris

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    What are you loading, with what dies and what measuring tools and results are you getting?

    I always enjoy qualitative data from people that take the time to collect it.
     
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  4. troy fairweather

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    i hope the mec. marksman press is in my near future.
     
  5. plumberroy

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    I have been using a Rock Chucker press that I bought used in 1989. I just got a Lyman brass craft 8 station press. I am starting to reload 380 ACP and 10 mm . This press will allow me to set up both sets of dies on one press
     
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  6. RandyP

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    Kinda vague question, I often recommend the auto-advancing Lee CLASSIC Turret press as a great upgrade from single stage reloading. Easy to outfit with every Lee accessory imaginable for under that $450 budget.

    If you are wanting to go progressive Lee has introduced a new press and Hornady makes a great one. Of course Dillon is the best, but not always available at that budget level.
     
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  7. Hokie_PhD

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    I usually recommend the LCT as it’s a great press for the money. Now if you need a progressive or something for super accuracy then I’m not sure. But the LCT is a great first press and and will serve most folks a long time even if they get another press.
     
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    Another Lee classic turret fan here.

    It’s by far my most used press as I’m not a “large batch” reloader but more of a “load a couple hundred rounds then switch calibers” type and the the lct lends itself to that switch quickly and easily.

    My progressive stays set up for 9mm and my single stage gets used for my hunting loads and larger rifle rounds.
     
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  10. Mostly Lead

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    Looks like your Rock Chucker, similar to my Lee Challenger, allows for loading more from the side. At least there is more room for your left hand when inserting brass. Not sure how I'd like having to load and pull from front dead center, looks like it would certainly be different.
     
  11. ArchAngelCD

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    I have no plans for buying a new press any time soon. I have a Rockchucker and a Lee Classic Turret Press which serves me well. I had a used Co-Ax press that I foolishly gave away to a friend who was getting into the Benchrest game but that's history now.
     
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  12. LRkid92

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    300 win 308,223, 30-06 7mm rem mag mainly and some 45-70.
    Forester dies on the match ammo and Hornaday custom grade on my hunting ammo. I use the concentric tool from Hornaday the worst run out I see is 1.5thous with forester dies and okay brass , and my hunting ammo stays around 4-3thous which I associate most of that with the 35 dollar dies lol. But I know my press is giving up about 1.5-2 thousand maybe depending on shell holder and die setup-

    I like the co-ax it was my father uses and it keeps his stuff around .5-0 run out- the only reason I thought about the Frankford is because I can mount it in the middle of my bench if I wanted too
     
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  13. LRkid92

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    I have one for reloading my pistol ammo love it for that app. It isn’t great for precision reloading rifle ammo.
     
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  14. marchboom

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    Having used single stage, turret, progressive and shotgun presses I would definitely go with the Forster Co-Ax press. Before I got the Co-Ax I was looking at the Redding T-7 press. Almost got it. Great product but you're limited to 7 dies and then you have to buy another turret at approx $75. The FA Co-Ax type press looks good but you have to buy a die block for every die. That's $5 per die and that adds up quickly. The only reason FA incorporated this die block was to insure a steady stream of money to their company. With the Forster Co-Ax you buy the press once and you're done. Nothing else to buy and you can change dies quickly. I know it costs more but not that much more. Amortize the extra cost over 20 yrs and the difference is hardly nothing.
     
  15. DM~

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    You can mount a CO-AX into the bench a bit, and with a minor bend of the handle, you can mount it where ever you want.

    DM
     
  16. jmorris

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    Thank you for the data. What presses are you using?
     
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    Consider spending a few extra dollars for the Forster Co-Ax rather than the FA clone. It’s made in the USA whereas the new FA is made in China.
     
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  18. LRkid92

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    That is good info on the FA- I did not know this.
     
  19. crestoncowboy

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    What ever happened to that upside down press from 10 years ago or so. I believe it was an RCBS. Was built like a tank. Was huge. I havent heard of one in a few years

    ETA it was an RCBS summit iirc....anyone using one
     
  20. GW Staar

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    Ten years ago....really....has it been that long? The Summit isn't that big...in fact the bench footprint is pretty small as far as presses go. I have one .... use it quite a bit, but I also have a Rock Chucker II, a Pro 2000, and a Pro Chucker 7...........so it has to share my attentions.....;)

    As the following video shows.....the short handle option is handy.......but one ought to tighten it before use.....:thumbup:

    Readying .40 S&W range pickup for wet tumbling. Redding G-rX on the right, Lee deprimer on the Summit.
    IMG-1587.jpg
     
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  21. tightgroup tiger

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    that's funny!
     
  22. GW Staar

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    I have a few skills.......but making a perfect video isn't one of them. The S word reaction wasn't audible? That's a surprise.
     
  23. DM~

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    RCBs' BIG press, was the "Big Max" I have one of those too...

    DM
     
  24. crestoncowboy

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    Yeah. I thought the summit was an interesting design. I remembered it being bigger. I was guessing about the 10 years but I don't think it was far off. Pretty much the only "different"design in single stage presses in my lifetime as far as I know
     
  25. 9mmepiphany

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    Closer to 5 years...it was introduced in 2014
     
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