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I am considering getting a new press and what like some opinions.  The Forster has me intrigued.  Let me know what you guys would get.
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I've always heard good things about the RCBS rockchucker.  I have a cheapy RCBS partner.  It works fine for everything I have needed, but I have to use quite a bit of pressure sometimes with resizing and removing the expanding ball.  If I had to do it over again I would probably purchase a bigger press. I have loaded thousands of rounds through that thing and really had no problems.

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I'm sure Forster makes a good press.  I've been using an RCBS Rockchucker for many years and can't imagine anything being any better if you're loading a wide variety of cartridges.
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The RCBS Rockchucker is a good, solid press that will last virtually forever.  I'm partial to Redding presses because of their heavy duty feel and smooth wobble-free operation.  The Redding Boss is an excellent, very stoutly built press that's basically equivalent to the Rockchucker, maybe a tad heavier built.  I have the Redding UltraMag, which is a fantastic press, but it's overkill for most jobs short of loading .50 BMG.
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The Forster is the same as the old Bonanza Co-Ax and they are a good press. I know a guy that's been using one for over twenty years and has had no problems. I don't think you can do auto feed with primers, though.
I have a Rockchucker for twenty five years and it is solid and well made. I have never had a problem with it, either. You definitely don't want to drop it on your foot, it is heavy duty.
I ran spell checker on this response. You wouldn't believe what the software wanted to replace Rockchucker with.Shocked


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Originally posted by tahqua tahqua wrote:

I ran spell checker on this response. You wouldn't believe what the software wanted to replace Rockchucker with.Shocked
 
Please do tell Doug. Everyone loves a good laugh.
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I have a lyman turret press.I bought it in a kit and it is really a good solid press.I like it because I can leave my dies in it for a length of time with out adjusting them.
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Originally posted by cyborg cyborg wrote:

Originally posted by tahqua tahqua wrote:

I ran spell checker on this response. You wouldn't believe what the software wanted to replace Rockchucker with.Shocked
 
Please do tell Doug. Everyone loves a good laugh.
 
LOL....I can only imagine. Wink
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Darn, I spell checked this and came up with the same. It wasn't the fist choice, though.
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 I have had a Forster Co-ax and love it.  The dies snap in and out in half a second and never need adjusting once the lock ring is set. It is smooth, sturdy and solid.

 I like single-stage reloading, but screwing dies in and out all day is a pain.  The Hornady Lock-N-Load system is nice, but you need to buy a bushing for every die you own.

 The Forster press uses standard screw-tightened locking lock rings. I use Hornady's lock rings on all my dies, but others work fine.

 The Forster also uses an ingenious shellholder that eliminates the need to buy others.  The one on the press works with most cartridges. An extra-large one is available for the freaks.
 
I'd get the Forster.  Not cheap, but it's a GREAT press!
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I have a Co-Ax used for F/L sizing big nasty stuff.
Also use an RCBS Jr for light work, and a pair of Dillon 550's, one for large primer cartridges, the other for  small primer cartridges.
 
Don't think single press for everything, these things are like mechanics wrenches.....one for every job.
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I have an old RCBS Special 5, I think it is. 
Been a terrific press over the years, but it's not a Rock Chukar or a Dillion either.
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My Lyman turret press is excellent, purchased as a kit.  Problem is that I do not use most of the stuff that came with the kit.  The scale was less than impressive and bought the RCBS digital auto scale.  That made not only the scale, but the powder dispenser obsolete.  Personally, I would talk to someone who is experienced in reloading and buy a good press and the extras separately.
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Rockchucker here too. It has been going since 72. It has sure done a lot of shells. Not the fastest reloader but its solid.

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I have an older rockchucker, and a piggyback-II for it.

Any 'normal' rifle cartridge is fine in the 'chucker, and the piggyback handles up to and including .357 mag with no problems. I have done THOUSANDS of 9mm rounds with the piggyback, as well as countless .38 special for my dad, including a bunch of load development projects for accuracy in his revolver...

Come to think of it, I think the piggyback will handle .30 carbine too. I know I did a small batch of those at some point, and I think I used the piggyback for them. Basically, if they physically fit in the press, you can load them . If not, you have to take the piggyback off, and go single-stage with them.

I am gearing up for 'stupid-accurate' .308 (read: cartridges treated better than some parents treat their children), and the rockchuker will be the cornerstone of that project. I will likely mix-and-match dies to get exactly what I want (I normally stick with RCBS sets) but the press will be the same.

I would not hesitate to buy another 'chucker, or perhaps a dedicated progressive for small calibers like the 9mm, although I don't shoot through 9mm cartridges like I used to...

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I currently load on a cheap Lee press, but am looking to upgrade, so this topic is very interesting to me. I was looking towards the Redding Big Hoss II or a Lee Classic, but I have an open mind with no opinion, which obviously comes from marriage.
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I use a MEC that is older than me for 12-gage reloading.

I was reloading 12-gage before I could fire a 12-gage (and still stand)!

I like the RCBS stuff, and it is like the "Chevy Small-Block" of reloading equipment- very easy to get parts for.
 
That said, I always liked the look of the Dillon Precision stuff; however I have no experience first-hand with it... I think a blue pres would be great for 9mm, but perhaps not so good for precision rifle cartridges? Again: no first-hand experience...
 
Redding seems to be economical- quality on-par with RCBS at a lower price point (usually). Also no first-hand experience with it, but just from observation of display units etc.
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i love my rockchucker IV the redding boss is a nice press also.
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Having been reloading for45 yrs and owning a gun shop in the 70's I've loaded on alot of presses over the years.  Right now I'm limited for space and only have a Lyman Truline converted to 7/8x14 and keep it set up for the Bugs(22Hornet & 218 Bee), a Lyman T-Mag turret set up for my small base cartridges, and a small Lee for misc.  Moving to new digs at the end of the year and will add some machines that I've had in storage a Lyman All-American turret set up for .473 base cartridges plus Lyman Crusher II and a C&H Magnum for heavy work.  My coyote hunting partner is running a new Lee cast classic and it's a heck of a machine. 

Which is best,  in a single stage I'd put the  Co-Ax at the top, with the top of the line presses from all the major makers a close second.  I can't find a bit of difference in the Rockchucker,Orange Crusher, Lee Cast Classic, Redding Boss's and the Hornady LNL Classic.   The turrets are about even the extra station on the Redding T-7 is nice, you can find the Lyman T-Mag for alot less money.  I don't do progressives so haven't looked at any.
 
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I'm a new member, but I think I can offer a bit of knowledge here....
I've been reloading since 1973, have worn out a couple of firearms with reloads & should have been able to deduct Remington & Winchester a few times as dependants.
That said, here goes:
Current loading presses on my bench, left to right, calibers/tooling avaliable.
Lee 1000, dedicated to 9mm
Dillon SDB, 10MM & .45ACP
Dillon XL 650, 10MM, 40 S&W,(mm, 38 super, .44 Mag/Spl.
Dillon 1050, .45ACP, .44 AutoMag
Dillon 550, Rimmed revolver cals, varmint cals  & CF rifle up to .375 H&H
Bonanza Co-Axial
RCBS RockChucker
Lyman Spar-T
 
I currently reload for a 4 man IPSC team; 9mm, 38 Super, .40 & 10MM, we just got to agree on something one of these days !
 
All of the presses I own have good/bad features, no one press is "perfect", not even the Dillon 1050. The new model, the Super 1050 might come close, as it can handle up to .30-06 & .45-70 size calibers, but won't do the real big stuff.
In a single station press, the  Reddings are what I'd now chose over the RockChucker, but they wern't avaliable when I started loading.
I use my Co-Ax for case forming & heavy de-capping, it's stronger than the 'Chucker, not much, but it has a bit better leverage.
Sorry this is so long..I could keep going !
I'll try to answer any loading/press questions I can; My experience may as well keep someone from making the same mistakes I've made !
 
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Thanks for the input and welcome to O.T., Uncle Albert.

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I use the RCBS Rockchucker single stage.
I'm looking for something faster due to the amount of .45 I shoot. I'll still load my rifle stuff on the Rockchucker. Been looking at the Dillion but I'm up for suggestions.
 
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If you have small hands & plan on only 1 or 2 pistol calibers, the Dillon SDB is good.
Small hands is the key here, there isn't a lot of room to work. Another drawback is the propriatary dies that the SDB uses. All other Dillon presses use the industry std. 7/8-14 dies.
If you went to a 550, you could load everything on it & there is a case feeder avaliable for it now.
Loading pistol or revolver ammo on a 550, without the case feed, a steady rate of 250-300/hr is realistic, as long as you get all of your components close by & handy to work with. Ignore the rates shown in the Dillon catalog, they're closer to an operational cyclic rate, but not a true production rate.
 
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I have been using a Co-Ax for over 20 years and I haven't found any reason to change to another single stage press.  The ability to swap dies quickly and have an almost universal shell holder, the dies and brass have some "wiggle room" that allows them to float and line up better when loading is rather unique, too.
 
The Co-Ax has a really precise priming system but it is slow and you almost have to either handle the primers with your fingers or use tweezers.
I do all of my single stage priming with a Lee hand primer, so that is not a problem that I have.
 
I do have two Dillons on the bench but the Co-Ax is right were I bolted it down back in the '80s.
 
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