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Old February 15, 2002, 05:56 PM   #1
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New to reloading: Need opinions on presses

Hi all. I am planning to start reloading and my gun shop guy is steering me towards the Hornady Lock and Load Classic or RCBS's Rock Chucker Kit. They both are near the same price range and both are single stage. I will be reloading 480 Ruger out of it only til I gain experience to try my hand at more accurate non-corrosive Mauser loads. Any thoughts or opinions would be appreciated. I might add, my gun shop guy said he will give me a few lessons to get me started, no matter which set-up I get.
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Old February 15, 2002, 06:19 PM   #2
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Press options

Hi, I dont have either of the press options you menion, I have a Lee and a Lyman single stage. The real advantage of the Lock and load is that once a die is set you dont have to change it (assuming that you want the ammo to be the same each time)
the RCBS can be later converted to a progressive (I am not sure about the Honady).

If you have no exp. reloading and want to start of low cost
try http://www.fmreloading.com/ and get a LEE Aniversary KIT
at $ 72. If you like reloading you can get a better press and if you
dont you dont loose as much. if you reload pistol mostly you probably will want to get a progressive or a semi progressive
press and but you will still have good Oframe press for rifle
stuff

Note if you want to start up at the top of the ladder go with a
Hornady progressive or dillon

Just my 2cents worth
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Old February 15, 2002, 06:29 PM   #3
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The Rock Chucker is the Gold standard

for single stage presses.

It can be upgraded to a progressive for pistol rounds, I also believe that it can be upgraded to accept the Lock and Load bushing?? Someone will correct me if i'm wrong wit the second part.

The Hornady is a good press also, don't want to pick on it.

I have no problem with aquiring a lee to learn on, they are much more cost effective, and when you upgrade, you can never have too many presses bolted to the bench.
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Old February 15, 2002, 07:52 PM   #4
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a ton of info

http://thefiringline.com/forums/show...threadid=98073

you can also do a search for "rock chucker" or mix it up and search "rock hornady" for the comparisons, trust me theres enough stuff to keep you changing your mind all night
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Old February 15, 2002, 09:08 PM   #5
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Stoner, ya can't go wrong with a Rock Chucker. Used a Lee for a couple of years before moving to RCBS....love it. Happy reloading.
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Old February 15, 2002, 10:27 PM   #6
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I was in the same situation three years ago. I was somewhat afraid to jump straight into a progressive. Well, a deal came up on eBay for a Dillon Square Deal B and I jumped for it. I have not been sorry. I understand the arguments for starting with a single stage, but if you are careful you can start with a progressive. I'm past 20K rounds of .45 ACP and also reload .357, .45 Colt, and .44 magnum. It works for me. YMMV.

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Old February 15, 2002, 10:34 PM   #7
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RCBS Rock Chucker is a wonderful press I actually own two and 2 650's, 1 1050 and 1 SL900.
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Old February 16, 2002, 03:34 AM   #8
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F.W.I.W.

All of my handloading is done with compliments of the
RCBS Master Reloading Kit; that contains a "Rockchucker
Press".

Best Wishes,
Ala Dan, Life Member N.R.A.
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Old February 16, 2002, 05:56 AM   #9
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Well, I just knew I could count on a wealth of info from all here. I think I will go with the RCBS since it can take the Hornady L and L bushing plus go to progressive eventually. Thanks for the info.
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Old February 16, 2002, 09:53 PM   #10
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I bought my RCBS Rock Chucker master reloading kit at www.natchezss.com for
$224. I reload the 45-70 and its great.The only thing i dislike about it is the lube tray.I was getting dents in the cases until i bought hornadys one shot spray lube.You will like the RCBS setup.
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