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Have you begun collecting loading manuals with loading data? Work simple but consistently. Build on what you learn. Find some people near you who have been reloading for a while.
People who will show you how they do it so you can decide what may work for you and how you need to alter things to get the results you want. For precision, single stage is all you need. For production, nothing beats Dillon. Hoss More dies than guns Posts: You're not going wrong with the RCBS press, although others make presses just as good.
The case prep center by RCBS is also a good buy, as you have to prep your cases one way or another, and a prep center is a very tidy and convenient way of doing it for rifle. If you get an add-on on Ebay, then you can also trim your cases with Lee stuff on that.
I bought a Lyman unit recently, and it's capable as well and I hear the Hornady is good too. I wouldn't get the Chargemaster right off, since it isn't a huge improvement over a powder measure and trickling up. The electronic units are best for doing load development imho, where you do a lot of different charge weights in a short period of time. The choice of equipment is really dependent on how many rounds you'll be loading weekly, and how much time you're willing to trade for money.
For me, about rifle per week is what I'd be willing to do on single stage before I started looking for something faster. Natchez often has these kits on sale, and sometimes MidwayUSA. I also agree with cstone and Hoss on their comments I agree with most of what Hoss has to say.
I would like to point out that if you decide to buy the Chargemaster and the case prep kit, that you may be better off getting just the press and buying only what you need instead of the press kit since you won't be likely to use the powder measure and case prep stuff in the kit.
On the flip side, you might want to check out the Forster Co-Ax press although the RCBS is a very good single stage and possibly skipping the case prep center as utilizing a mini-lathe for your case prep. You will get plenty of precision out of a Hornady or Forster mini-lathe and can use a hand held drill for a power source.
Much of precision rifle cartridge hand loading is centered around making each and every piece of brass uniform. Then add the Hornady Lock n load neck turn tool or the RCBS neck turn attachment with the neck reaming guide to the mini-lathe. Finally a Hornady ammunition concentricity tool to measure the level of axial variance. I have owned a "Coax Press" for over 20 years. It is a go to press for serious work. Dog Soldier , Mar 23, Mar 23, 8.
It would be nice to build a couple rounds to try, make a change, build a couple more, etc Mar 23, 9. Dog Soldier likes this.
Mar 25, I don't have a manual or electronic powder measure. I do have 4 different brands of case-activated powder measure. As a back up press to my progressive, it looks like there's no way I could use any automatic powder measure. Its a tight fit above the die? I guess both the Forster Co-ax and Summit would be a no-go for someone who plans to use case activated powder measure.
Any other highly regarded press I should cross off as well? PsychoKnight , Mar 25, Wizzz , DWB57 , Taterhead and 1 other person like this. Mar 26, Taterhead , Mar 26, Those are not Powder Dispensers. Dog Soldier , Mar 26, Mar 27, Funny, I always called them powder drops or tricklers. As soon as I sized the first of the stretched RWS cases though, I saw why this press has been such a long-running favourite. The workload was considerably reduced compared to the other two presses and doing 40 odd cases took no time at all with little sweat — it just eats hard-to-size brass.
So, how did the three get on with the brass? That was also reported by Ronald Yerian in the Precision Shooter article comparing brass fired in a defective M1A against that fired in a Winchester match rifle with minimum headspace. The Summit and even more so the Co-Ax are more ergonomic for lighter duty tasks and both have a reputation for very low bullet run-outs after seating and this shows in the case-neck TIRs.
As always, you pays your money and makes your choice! In this form, it is a large, heavy and very powerful machine weighing in at nearly 20lb.
Upside-Down It was a C-form press that appeared instead, albeit nothing like a conventional model. Note the easy operator access and huge gape to take long cartridges.
The press handle is now half-way between the beyond the vertical at-rest and horizontal positions. The handle is now horizontal but the die has another half to three-quarters inch movement before sizing is complete. The test materials — a mix of 7X57 once-fired cases.
The RWS brass that had visibly stretched ring above the web. Imperial sizing wax and a recent Hornady die. Ruminations Before getting onto how well the presses coped, there are a couple of points worth examining here.
Federal factory match measured: Results So, back to the present with the three presses, 7X57mm brass and a little used Hornady die set. Summit and Co-Ax — two tall thin presses with handles positioned above them. RC-Supreme and Co-Ax side by side. Spent primer collection on the RC-Supreme. It trapped them all but was liable to spillage on attempting to remove the plastic collector to empty it. Measurements So, how did the three get on with the brass?