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Which Portable Press (Arbor)?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by ocabj, Aug 26, 2003.

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  1. ocabj

    ocabj Member

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    I'm looking into a good portable press to take with me to the range to do loads on the fly as opposed to making a batch at home and and then taking them to the range only to find out they suck.

    I'm trying to get more information about arbor presses. I found Sinclair's company page, but couldn't find any information on K&M (yet I read that they are good presses). Does K&M have a company page? I didn't see anything on google.

    How does Harrell's Precision arbor press compare to Sinclair and K&M? How about their Compact Press?
     
  2. JoeHatley

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    Just a thought... While you are trying to decide between some of the quality arbor presses, you may want to pick up a Lee Hand Press. For $25 it's a very handy item to build loads at the range. No bench needed.

    You may find it will serve your needs just fine.

    Good Luck...

    Joe
     
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    Check over here for more info on the high priced spread: BR Central


    For cheap: also consider the Lee bench mounted press for about $15. Screw it to a 2x4, and then clamp it to your bench.
     
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    In case you didn't know, arbor presses are for use with hand dies. And since we tend to run sorta high pressures (the moderators would unload a can of whoopass on me if I told you just how much V133 I shoot in a 6PPC - just let me say I use a 12" drop tube and a lot of patience to get it all in the case...), we tend to FL size between firings. Most of us will use a small conventional press for FL sizing, and an arbor press and hand die for seating.

    I like all of 'em.

    For the mercedes of "take to the range" presses, go to benchrest.com and look for the Hood press. Tell him Bogie sent you.
     
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