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Old April 7, 2007, 01:49 PM   #1
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Best single stage press designs

I'm about to replace my RCBS Junior press that I've been using for decades. I suspect the ram is bent, and would like to try something else anyway. I'd appreciate advice on selecting the style. Three that seem to be contenders are the Forster Co-Ax, Redding Turret, and the RCBs Rock Chucker. Others may be better. Are the cantilevered turret presses rigid enough to maintain preciese alignment? All suggestions will be gratefully recieved.
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Old April 7, 2007, 01:51 PM   #2
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When I went shopping for a new single stage my answer was the Lee Classic Cast. it's heavy duty, built for 50BMG.

I have turned out very consistant ammo on the Lee turret. I hear the new Classic turret is even better. Like their older turret but all steel.

IT comes it 3 or 4 hole models
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Old April 7, 2007, 02:01 PM   #3
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Would it be possible to send your RCBS junior back to the factory and have it rebuilt? It might be cheaper!
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Old April 7, 2007, 02:04 PM   #4
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I have to vote for the RockChucker Supreme. This thing is HEAVY duty. I must disclose that I just bought it and am in the process of finishing building my reloading station so I haven't had the chance to use it yet. However, high recommendations were given to me about this press. Also, I used the Lee Challenger press for about a decade and was told the RCBS is a venerable upgrade. I think the advise given to me so far is solid.

Have you considered sending the Junior in for repair? Then you'd have a faithful backup...
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Old April 7, 2007, 04:16 PM   #5
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Here is what I use for accurate rifle loads.

Forster Co-Ax Single Stage Press

This single stage press features "Snap in and Snap out" die changing. Press also features dual floating guide rods for perfect alignment, a unique top mounted priming device and a spent primer catcher. The design of this press provides 3 times the mechanical advantage of an ordinary "C" press and easy operation for either right or left handed operation.

Press utilizes a unique shellholder jaw design that does not require standard shellholders. It has shellholder jaws that are self-actuating and open and close with the movement of the press handle. Standard jaws are included that fit the majority of standard calibers. Accepts standard 7/8 x 14 dies.
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Old April 8, 2007, 08:37 AM   #6
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+1 on the Lee Classic Cast press. Probably the best press for the dollar out there at this time.
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Old April 8, 2007, 06:29 PM   #7
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+1 for the Forster Co-Ax. Vastly superior design to any other single stage press out there.

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Old April 8, 2007, 08:47 PM   #8
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I'm getting ready to buy a Lee turret. That way I can just buy a head for each cartridge I load and leave the dies in them all the time.
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Old April 8, 2007, 09:17 PM   #9
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Forster co-ax hands down. No other benchtop press comes close.
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Old April 9, 2007, 10:05 AM   #10
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A little over a year ago, I replaced my 25+ year old RCBS Reloaded Special with a Lee Classic Cast.

Very nice unit, that appears it will last for many years.

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Old April 9, 2007, 02:34 PM   #11
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+ another vote for the Forester Co-Ax...none finer. Atleast one of the Army marksmanship units loads on one of these. OUTSTANDING!! I've loaded a bazillion rounds since 1978 when I bought it second hand!
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