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Old February 10, 2001, 06:35 AM   #1
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Perhaps this has been asked before. For a basic single stage reloading setup to start out with, what would be preferable and why(all things being "equal"), RCBS or Lee. The RCBS cost a little more, is it worth it?
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Old February 10, 2001, 07:19 AM   #2
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Get the RCBS Rockchunker. I have both an RCBS Rockchunker and a Lee Turrett press. The lee is a cheaply made press and it feels like it will fall apart with every pull of the handle. My Rockchunker is solid and smooth. RCBS is well worth the extra price.
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Old February 10, 2001, 10:52 AM   #3
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Go with the RCBS, you will glad you did. Shop for the full "kits" or "packages", upgrade to carbide sizer die(s).
RCBS and Dillon are simply the best in their respective markets. Read everything, BE SAFE and have fun.
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Old February 10, 2001, 02:44 PM   #4
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RCBS comes with a lifetime warranty, should you ever need it.

Lee comes with a 2 year warranty - after that you send your equipment in with half the catalog list price for replacement.
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Old February 10, 2001, 05:15 PM   #5
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Maybe Lee has changed, but back in the eighties I had one of their progressives. It was the worst piece of junk I'd ever used. After a short hiatus, I got back into reloading and bought an RCBS Rockchucker. Don't know how many rounds are through it, but it's still going strong. Great customer service, too.

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Old February 10, 2001, 05:42 PM   #6
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Old February 10, 2001, 10:09 PM   #7
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I guess it's silly for me to even reply, but yes
RCBS of any level is good. I got the Pro 2000 progressive
and it's a nice piece of work. Considering reloading has
been around for a century, I can't believe all the presses
are not this good yet.
has the rockchucker master kit on sale for $219!!
Just add your carbide die and bullet components and
your set!

I did look at the Lee presses...and they just look and feel
like junk.

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Old February 10, 2001, 10:14 PM   #8
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Hi all I have A RCBS JR3 single stage the old one. I bought one A year A go and I have reloaded at lest 10,000 rounds.It works great.
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Old February 11, 2001, 11:23 AM   #9
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Get the Rock Chucker. It has a couple non-obvious advantages.

In its top is a big nut into which normal 7/8 by 14 dies are screwed. Take that out and you can use odd diameter dies. There aren't many BUT RCBS does make dies for some round that are so large that they need a larger diameter. You may never need it but it is there if you do. Can handle everything BUT the 50 BMG. Those rounds are just too long.

Then there is the Piggyback conversion. Truth is that this conversion kit which will change this single station press into a progressive has, historically, been something of a bummer. Still RCBS has just announced the Piggyback III. Looks like they finally got the bugs out of this idea. I hope so as I've ordered one. If this does work then you have the ability to switch from an excellent single station press to a progressive easily.
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Old February 12, 2001, 02:42 PM   #10
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RCBS Press / Lee Dies

I agree with the others that the RCBS Rock Chucker Press is one of the best but, for the money I think Lee dies are a good bargain. I recommend that you give them a try.
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Old February 12, 2001, 08:03 PM   #11
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I agree with last post...Lee Dies and shellholders in a RCBS R/C press is hard to beat if on a budget - for anyone!BB
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Old February 13, 2001, 11:51 AM   #12
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Just wanted to say that my Lee Turret press has felt like it's gonna fall apart for going on 10 years now... Nothing's broken, nothing's nonfunctional. Works fine. It's just the sloppy way the handle's put on. I still use it for pistol rounds and blasting ammo. I'd buy another.

For rifles, the Rockchucker is hard to beat.

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Old February 14, 2001, 08:19 PM   #13
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Lee makes some good stuff like their Autoprime tool but for a package RCBS is the way to go. I started with RCBS and have purchased others along the way but RCBS is first rate in my book for customer service and they make quality products. I'm still using a third generation Rock Chucker to date and going strong. I'm guessing it will survive for the next generation to come.

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Old February 14, 2001, 08:41 PM   #14
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Old February 14, 2001, 09:49 PM   #15
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I guess it would be superfluous so I won’t tell you to get the Rock Chucker
Your friends will forgive your mistakes. Your enemies will kill you for it.
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Old February 15, 2001, 09:11 PM   #16
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A Lee press is made out of an alloy that will last you a good while. The Rockchucker is made out of cast steel. If I have any great-grandchildren and they find it in the attic of the homeplace it will still be working to the same tollerances as the day I bought it.
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