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Old March 24, 2001, 06:27 AM   #1
JL Hunnicutt
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I am planning to purchase a turret press in the near future and my choices are the Lyman T-Mag II or the recently introduced RCBS. Which is the better of the two? I read a review of the RCBS at Realguns.com and the reviewer did not speak too highly of the shuttle priming system on the RCBS. What are the pros & cons of these presses? Will the Lyman ram accept RCBS & Lee shellholders? Thanks for the info.
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Old March 24, 2001, 08:38 AM   #2
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shell holders are generally interchangeable-i've got a lyman orange crusher and i use RCBS and Lee shellholders in it. i think the jury is still out on the RCBS strip loading thing. i've never seen it nor do i know anyone who has anything with one. i really want the new RCBS progressive (Just because i don't have one) it comes standard with the strip system, and they sell a tube adapter for it. Both RCBS and Lyman have helped me in times or need so i can say that both would be top notch...Dick
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Old March 24, 2001, 08:24 PM   #3
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I've been looking at turrets, and I've narrowed it down to Lyman and Redding...the latter a beast. Just going by word of mouth...
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Old March 25, 2001, 12:12 AM   #4
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Turret Press

I would also put the Dillon AT500 for about $195 on your short list as it can be upgraded to the 550B if you would be so inclined.

I just loaded my first 50 rnds. of .45 cal. on my brand new RCBS Pro 2000. The APS primer system seems to work fine. With 5 stations and the factory crimp die in #5, it should
be fast. I'll report after I work with it more.

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Old March 25, 2001, 10:40 AM   #5
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Redding.
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Old March 25, 2001, 10:42 AM   #6
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Suggest priming all cases using RCBS hand-held priming tool w/detontation slider. It's called "RCBS Hand Priming Tool".
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Old March 26, 2001, 02:44 PM   #7
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Lyman v RCBS?

I have an RCBS Rock Chucker; Lyman Spart-T, and 2 Lyman T-Mags. The wife has 4 Lyamn T-Mags, she uses. I gues we are for the Lyman T-Mag.

Most [I have yet to see one that is not] all of the "push in the slot shell holders are compatable. Lee, RCBS. Lyman, and Redding are all interchangable.
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Old March 26, 2001, 04:21 PM   #8
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After handling the various turrets, I liked the Lyman the best. The Redding certainly was stout, but methinks it might be overkill? Never the less, the Lyman T-Mag seems like a great press...I have several friends who have one, and they're all very happy with them. Some, however, wish they had spent a little more and bought a Dillon AT, so that they could upgrade to a progressive later. This depends on you...do you ever plan onreloading enough to jsutify the progressive? If not, a turret will probably fit the bill perfectly. The prices at Natchez and Midway for the Lyman T-Mag II are great right now (I know it was on sale at Natchez last month)
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Old March 26, 2001, 07:23 PM   #9
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Natchez doesn't have any more T-Mag expert kits in stock. I know because I bought the last one last Friday. The kit was on sale for $174.94 which seemed like a good price. I don't know how long a back order would take, but you could always ask. Their webpage lists the T-mag press alone for $109.03 and indicates they have 7 in stock.
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Old March 26, 2001, 09:43 PM   #10
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Midway will price match with Natchez...you may be able to get Midway to give you the good price even though Natchez is out right now.
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Old March 27, 2001, 09:03 PM   #11
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Rockchucker

Madison:

How do you like the press? I'm going to start reloading mainly handgun stuff in the near future, and I have a chance to get a rockchucker minus dies for $50. It's from a good source, the same guy who sold me my Mec Grabber, but I just don't know if it would be a good starter press which could still put out a good amount of shells with practice.
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