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That's a nice looking press. If I was in the market for a new one I'd take a good look...but have gotten plenty of good handloads out of my Redding Big Boss II:
 
 
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That thing looks like a complex to build (meaning costly) "C" press to me; I'm not interested.

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To each his own. I have a perfectly good press already, but if I was in the market for new a Big Boss II is at least $180. I'd consider paying the extra $27. If your goal is to just reload to save money then a $75 press will do. If sub-.5 MOA accuracy is your goal, it won't.
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im happy with my rock chucker iv.
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"To each his own.... If sub-.5 MOA accuracy is your goal, it won't "
 
You may be right but I'd be surprised to see that statement proven.  Ammo is made inside the dies, all a press does is push the cases into, then pull them out of, the dies; seems they all do that quite well. 
 
I've been handloading since '65.  I have four presses now.  I did own three more and have used at least a half dozen different models of friends over the last 15 years to see what difference, if any, the price or color or model of press - Lee, Lyman, Herter's, Pacific, RCBS, Redding, Bonanza, old, new, tight or worn -  might have on finished ammo.  So far, using the same dies, components and skill in assembly, my concentricity gage can't tell what press any of the finished ammo was made on. 
 
The new RCBS press can't be any stronger or more rigid than an old "C" press, but then they actually did much better work than most people seem to think.  To each his own opinon but ... pay for whatever it takes.  ??


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Looks nice.  

My 30+ year old Pacific single stage "C" press has kicked out some good ammo (for my Grandpa, my Dad, and now me).  Think I'll hang to it.




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I know a few guys who get sub .5 and they use cheap lee presses. One guy bought a lee press for each different die for his .308 and .260.

I can get .5 moa ammo out of my progressive press.   I think crosswire has it right dies and also the brass prep is what makes good ammo
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Looks nice - for the design not to spendy $205.00
 
Big thing I see is the way it mounts - allows you to mount it somewhere else other than at the edge of the bench so it is not an elbow or belly buster Big Grin or just flat in the way
 
Looks like you would also have a bit nore applied torque so it is easier to operate.
 
But my RockChucker still works......
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I am new to reloading a progressive press works just fine for me. An hour or so 100+ rounds and better than 1 moa.
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Case prep, process methodology, attention to detail, dies & die setup  makes the accurate ammo - the press just puts it all together....
 
My .02 worth
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Anyone ever use a CH press???
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Originally posted by 338LAPUASLAP 338LAPUASLAP wrote:

Anyone ever use a CH press???
 
Yes.  I have a CH 444 press I bought in 1984.  It has four stations, and works fine for everything from .357 target loads (50 rounds a week) to .338 Win Mag rifle loads.
 
I bolted it to a vinyl-covered rectangular plywood base. This lets me use it or move it without clamping it to a table or bench.  I put several boxes of .44 Mag lead bullets on the back of the plywood board for extra weight.  I use this same setup for my MEC 600 JR shotshell loading press.
 
 
 
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