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Old February 9, 2013, 09:36 PM   #1
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New Press

I picked up an RCBS Partner Press at a flea market for a very cheep price, but I believe I would be better served with a larger press. I will mainly be loading 8mm, 270 win and 30/06 ammo plus 223 & pistol ammo. I will not load more than 50 rounds per session so I don’t think I need a progressive reloaded. I would like your opinion on what to buy as a good single stage press. It looks like the Partner press might be fine for pistol and the 223 ammo, but would like your thoughts on that also. Thanks Coonie
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Old February 10, 2013, 12:06 AM   #2
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Go for a Lee Classic Cast single stage. That is one awesome press and will do all the calibers you listed and more.
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Old February 10, 2013, 12:30 AM   #3
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The Lee Breech Lock Challenger press is also very nice.
It also comes in a kit, has almost everything you need to start.
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Old February 11, 2013, 02:12 PM   #4
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I have had my rcbs rock chucker press for 35 years and it still works as well today as it did when it was new. My untire family are avid shooter and hunters and have hand loaded many 1000s of all types of ammo with it. Nothing wrong with the lee products but for me, the rock chucker is just a brute of a press that will last forever and be passed down through the generations.
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Old February 11, 2013, 04:12 PM   #5
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Any of the American made single stage presses out there today would be suitable for your needs.
I also have a RCBS rock chucker and it is about 25yrs old and as tight as it was when it was made but the cast presses that Lee makes will also do the same job so it really depends on, of the American made cast presses, ... what color do you like.
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Old February 11, 2013, 05:05 PM   #6
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You can always get a universal deprimer and just use it to deprime all
your brass
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Old February 11, 2013, 06:33 PM   #7
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I have been using the same Lee Breech Lock Challenger press for the past 4 years. It still works just the same as it did the day I mounted it to my bench. I like the primer disposal, and the quck chance bushings are great as well. I load for .45 acp, 9mm Luger, .38 Spcl/.357 Mag, 7.62x54R, .223 Rem, .45-70 Gov't., .475 Wildey Mag, .357 Wildey Mag, .30 Carbine, .221 Rem Fireball, .41 Rem Mag, and 7.62x61 Sharpe & Hart. Will be loading for .35 WCF shortly. Three of the rounds listed I have to reform from a parent case. Two are necked down from larger cases. The press gives enough leverage to do this without a problem. If I wanted a stouter single stage then the Lee Classic Cast would be my pick. A great value at any price.
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