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Old November 17, 2000, 08:36 PM   #1
Judge Blackhawk
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Fellas and Ladies

I need your help and fast.

I need a single stage press.

Two choices I have are

RCBS Rock Chucker - NIB $100 total price

Lyman Crusher II -- $95 total price

only 5 dollars separate these two presses.

The lyman seems to be studier with its three contact bolts

but the rock chucker has been around forever.

Please help

thanks

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Old November 17, 2000, 09:06 PM   #2
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Flip a coin. I have a Rockchucker and after 20 years it shows no signs of wear. I also have a Lyman #55 powder measure and a case trimmer, same story. RCBS has excellant customer sevice, Lyman probably does too, Iv'e never had need to find out.If I was starting over I would look at the Hornady single stage. There Lock and Load system for changing dies looks pretty cool. I can convert my Rockchucker to it with the puchase of a bushing for about 10 bucks. Not sure if the Lyman can be changed over.Whatever you decide, you won't go wrong, these are all great companys.
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Old November 17, 2000, 09:32 PM   #3
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I don't have any experience with the Lyman, but I don't think you could damage the RockChucker if you tried. I suspect either would do the trick, but if I were picking, I'd pick the one I know, and that's the RockChucker.
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Old November 18, 2000, 01:39 AM   #4
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Judge, my Rockchucker is still going strong after 15yrs. RCBS' service is great, doubt you'll ever need it.
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Old November 18, 2000, 11:20 AM   #5
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Rockchucker!
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Old November 18, 2000, 11:33 AM   #6
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If your reloading bench is sturdy enough, then the extra bolt hole on the Lyman becomes kind of a non-factor. The base plate on the Rockchucker is pretty thick cast iron (I'd say at least 1/4"), and mine seems to be pretty sturdy.

RCBS has a no-questions asked lifetime warranty worded as such, whereas Lyman's warranties implies this but does not so state.

You'd be fine with either choice.
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Old November 18, 2000, 11:48 AM   #7
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Get The RCBS

The RCBS has one rather subtle advantage. If you look at the area where the dies screw in you'll notice that that is a nut. It can be removed and replaced. Thus the RCBS can handle at least two different diameter of dies, that normally used and a size much larger needed when reloading rounds like the 577. Also I believe that there are two types of threads possile within the nut. One for 7/8 x 14 and another size used, I think, on very unusual special order dies. True these are advantages that most will ever need but, well, when I made the choice you are talking about, and since I use these odd cartridges, I picked the RCBS.
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Old November 18, 2000, 02:36 PM   #8
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I've loaded well over 100,000 rounds on a Rockchucker. I got it when they first came out as my old Pacific was getting somewhat worn out. I can recommend them most highly.
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Old November 18, 2000, 06:27 PM   #9
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I own a CrusherII. Great tool.

But...

...the RCBS will take their primer-swage accessory.
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Old November 18, 2000, 11:30 PM   #10
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Unless you're in a big hurry, you might check a gun show or two and see what somebody might be selling in the way of reloading equipment. Both my RCBS "O" presses were already good-used when I got them.

The only place I ever strongly recommend new stuff is when loading for pistols: New, Carbide dies.

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Old November 19, 2000, 06:52 PM   #11
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Judge, I actually don't think you could go wrong either way, but my personal choice would be the RCBS. I have used a Rockchucker some and it is a fine piece of equipment. I have a RCBS Jr. which is a lighter versoion of the Rockchucker that I bought new in 1965 and have NEVER had any problem with it. The one minor problem was when I dropped the primer catcher on the concrete floor of my shop and broke off the 2 little tits that held the rubber bands that hold it on the press. Five minutes with a drill and 2 small #8X1 1/2" long machine screws and I had better tits to put the rubber bands on. I guess thats why bigger tits are better?
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Old November 20, 2000, 02:39 PM   #12
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Don't limit yourself there...

I picked up a Redding Boss press a while back - Slightly smaller in size than the Rockchucker, but still very nice (it goes to the range with me), and the price was around $60 or so... One of the nicest presses is made by Lynwood Harrell, but isn't usable for large cases.

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Old November 20, 2000, 04:46 PM   #13
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Bogie do you know if Redding has a web site? I would like to look at that little press for just what you mentioned ......taking it to the range with me. I had an old Redding Powder measure I bought back in 63 and it did fine till I dropped a full box of Sierra 190 grain Matchkings on it. Broke the pivot shaft. I just got an exact replacement from E-bay just for old times sake. Well guess what its still just as good as the Ohaus 10-10 that I bought after I totaled my old one! Redding builds good stuff!
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Old November 21, 2000, 08:48 AM   #14
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Southla1,

http://www.redding-reloading.com

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Old December 4, 2000, 12:00 AM   #15
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I'd also like to put in a good word for the Redding Boss, I got mine a year ago and have loaded about 1000 rounds of ammo on it with no problems whatsoever. If you want one of those people who talk about using a press for 20 years and have loaded over 30k of ammo without a hitch, call me in 19 years(At least I hope).

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Old December 4, 2000, 03:23 PM   #16
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Well, I loaded somewhat over a thousand rounds with my Redding over a four week period (time leading up to the NBRSA Benchrest Nationals), and I'm very happy with it.

See me next fall - I'll likely be up to around the 10K mark...

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Old December 4, 2000, 05:09 PM   #17
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A SINGLE STAGE PRESS, HEY. HMMMMMM

I've used nearly all those out there.The Rockchucker is the benchmark from which all the rest are measured. That being said I know of no finer single stage press than the RCBS A2, the Rockchucker's daddy. Mine has been in near daily use since 1967 and is on my bench as I write these words looking as new as the day I bought it way back when. If you can find a used A2, hock the farm, it is worth every red cent. TM
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