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    I use almost exclusively RCBS. Great customer service and quality. I really like my Rock Chucker that I've used for around 40 years with no issues. You can pretty much interchange dies & presses except for some entry level eq (like Dillon) which has their own special dies.
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    Good info guys. Thanks. I was leaning towards the RCBS rock chucker for a press, but wasn't sure what to go with for a priming tool or powder measure. Would love to go all out and get the nice electronic one that auto dispenses to what weight I want but can't really justify $300 for a scale right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Work2hunt View Post
    Good info guys. Thanks. I was leaning towards the RCBS rock chucker for a press, but wasn't sure what to go with for a priming tool or powder measure. Would love to go all out and get the nice electronic one that auto dispenses to what weight I want but can't really justify $300 for a scale right now.
    If you are not in a hurry to turn out a lot of loads, go with a simple balance scale. I have had one for 50 years and I still use to check my electronic one occasionally. I use the priming setup on my Rock Chucker.
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    The $300 for the rcbs chargemaster combo is well worth it!

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    Look at the Forester Co-ax press. No more shell holders and super strong. Replaced an old RCBS press a few years ago and the co-ax is a great press. Also very quick and easy to change dies.

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    I bought my reloading equipment about 30 years ago and have been happy with them ever since. Rock Chucker press, Lee hand primer, and a Pacific scale. I did add a Uniflow powder measure shortly afterward, however, I only use it to to dispense a general volume of powder. I then weigh each powder load on my scale. It's not the fastest way, but it ensures very consistent loads. Unlike guns, scopes, etc., it seems like most folks don't find a need to continually upgrade or replace their reloading equipment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jims View Post
    Unlike guns, scopes, etc., it seems like most folks don't find a need to continually upgrade or replace their reloading equipment.
    When it comes to single stage presses, balance scales and dies, they really don't need replacing often. I still have an old Pacific single stage press that was my Dad's that's probably 70 years old that is still a good press.
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    I agree with jerm8352. I have the same scale. A reliable & accurate scale is essential especially for handgun cartridges where overcharging can be dangerous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colorado Cowboy View Post
    When it comes to single stage presses, balance scales and dies, they really don't need replacing often. I still have an old Pacific single stage press that was my Dad's that's probably 70 years old that is still a good press.
    After I posted this I thought I should have added that the real big improvement in presses was the "O' type press over the original "C" type. That along with design changes in the handle give the reloader a lot more leverage when sizing and even swaging brass. The newer eq (like the Rock Chucker) is far superior to the older styles.
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    I used a .243 Lee Loader (a basic hammer-type) for a couple of years before I bought my press and other equipment. Used a set of Lee powder dippers with that Classic Lee Loader. Very economical and simple, but it got the job done. It got me hooked on hand loading.

 

 

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