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Old May 13, 1999, 09:47 PM   #1
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Who makes the best single stage press? Where can I find one online? Also do you guys consider the kits that have most everything to be good deals or is it better to buy stuff seperatly?
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Old May 14, 1999, 08:08 AM   #2
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RCBS makes good stuff and they stand behind it, good support. The "Rock Chucker" will do just about anything. They also make this in a kit (which is a good deal if you don't own any reloading equipment). The kit sells for about $200 (internet) plus shipping. Don't cut corners when reloading. Read and Never guess. Oh, and one thing that's not in the kit is a set of calipers, you can pick those up for under $20(import stuff).
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Old May 14, 1999, 11:10 AM   #3
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Ditto muddyboots' comments. The Rockchucker is a solid, dependable press. And you definitely should get a vernier caliper to go along with your other accessories. It's a must. Should also consider getting at least two reloading manuals, since loads will vary from book to book.

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Old May 14, 1999, 08:27 PM   #4
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Best press is probably shared by the Forester Co-Ax and the Redding Ultra Mag, with the RCBS Rock Chucker a fairly close second. Look closely at the kits, sometimes they are good deals, especially on sale, but often they are a way for the manufacturer to get rid of stuff that won't sell - like lube pads and case lube. If the kit includes that, toss it, and get Imperial Sizing Die Wax, best stuff in the game.

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Old May 14, 1999, 11:44 PM   #5
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R.F. Wells, Howard Lake, MN, circa 1962. They made a massive C press that sold for all of $12.65 and looks like it was made by the Moscow Tractor Factory. I am still using it 37 years later with great satisfaction. Only trouble is that it uses unique shell holders. To load additional calibers I am probably going to have to learn to run a Smithy mill-lathe and make my own. I have a Rock Chucker on the other end of the bench but it just doesn't have the character this one does...

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Old May 14, 1999, 11:54 PM   #6
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After using many different single stage presses in my youth, I settled on a Bonanza Co-Ax. It is real slick with the quick change dies and the universal shell holder. The ability of the case and die to "float" and line up is rather unique. There are are many good presses out there. It's hard to say which is "best".
Anyway, that's my choice.
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Old May 15, 1999, 03:29 AM   #7
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25 years reloading on RCBS, never had a problem with the original and have a new one too.
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Old May 15, 1999, 10:19 AM   #8
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Blitzkrieg: No argument with all of the above. I don't know what you can afford.

I loaded a lot of '06 stuff with a Lyman 310 Tong Tool. As I've posted before, I'm a believer in "good used" reloading gear. After all, isn't your brand-new press gonna be good and used in a few years? It's hard to hurt one, and I figure you're smart enough to avoid one with rust and dings...I guess I'd stay with RCBS, if you're a Newbie at reloading.

I think I'd get pickier about my powder scale than any other piece of reloading equipment. Unless you're going into something like benchrest competition, I'd suggest a middle-quality beam-balance...And I've had good "repeatibility" with an RCBS powder measure.

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Old May 15, 1999, 03:31 PM   #9
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I would go with RCBS. The Rocker is built stout and tough. I would estimate that I've loaded better than a quarter million rounds on mine, with no problems whatever. I won't say how many rounds it took to wear out my old Pacific C press, but it was a heck of a lot more than I've put through the Rockchucker.
To be perfectly honest, any of the big name presses, RCBS, Hornady, etc will be all right. Stay away from the cheapie presses.(no names, I might get sued) Follow the advice of those posts that came before me. The're all good. Buy the best you can afford
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Old May 16, 1999, 10:07 PM   #10
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Believe it or not, I bought a Lee reloading manual and they "threw in" a single stage press. The thing is made of "pot metal" but it was enough for me to realize that reloading was for me... I wanted a Hornady lock and load so bad I could taste it but was so cheap I wouldn't spring the hundred bucks for it. The range where I shoot had a Hornady 007 donated and I was able to buy it for $30. The difference from the Lee was just as you might expect- you get what you pay for. I love my Hornady - and the lock and load feature is still on my wish list. Just one opinion- really think twice about an automatic primer seater - I've tried it both ways and the "feel" of seating a primer by hand is safe and just "feels right" over a progressive press. Good luck and happy loading..
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Old May 16, 1999, 10:24 PM   #11
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Thanks for all the info Ive decided to buy the RCBS Master Reloading Kit. Now I dont know anyone that reloads so is it safe for me to start with just the manuals without the help of someone else who knows what there doing or should I hang out at the range and try to find someone who reloads?
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Old May 16, 1999, 10:47 PM   #12
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blitzkreig,
DBI books has an ongoing series,"The ABC's of Reloading". Dean Grennell authored the first five, and I can't remember the gent's name that took over after that. These are valuable sources of info, in a more informal style than the manuals offer. There's also a load of reloading info on the net, any good search engine will turn it up.
Read a lot before you load your first round, but if you can read a reciepe, and have minimal mechanical ability, it should be no problem. Good luck with your Rockchucker, I've had mine 20+ years and loaded much ammo on it!

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Old May 23, 1999, 09:42 PM   #13
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The BEST is the Bonanza (now Forster) Co-Ax.
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