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Old 04-17-2018, 11:46 AM
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The Co-Ax press is a little slow to decap, because you have to lower the ram all the way to release the shell holder jaws.

I am thinking about adding a longer actuator under the ram to move the shell holder opening to a higher point on the press. Maybe somewhere I can keep the lever on the front side of TDC.
Good point!

Yeah, I can see that. What I liked about even my cheapest press, a Lee Reloader press (C-framed ... I got it free when I bought the Lee Reloading book during Lee's 25th anniversary or something, LOL!) is that to decap, I can keep my hand on the lever, and lower the ram just enough to pluck out the old case and reinsert a new one, the lever movement is just like 6 inches rather than a full stroke.

Also, the Co-Ax's lever moves down both side of the "working area", the other presses, you can keep your fingers right next to the ram to pluck out cases.
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Old 04-17-2018, 12:34 PM
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RCBS sells the press in a kit which should get you started in terms of accessories. Though you still need a set of calipers and dies.
Thanks for the reply, I was hoping that RCBS had a quick die change system. I currently have a Lee hand press for the .38/.357 rounds. This comes with the breech lock system which makes changing dies easy. I was wondering if there was something like that for the Rock Chucker (or if I can use the breech lock system I have from the Lee)

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I think that table should hold up. It's the the weight of the press that matters, it's the force you exert when you pull the lever down ... can that table handle it without tipping? Not sure.
For the table I have installed the Inline Fab. flush mount quick change base.
I have used my MEC 600 reloader and have reloaded about 500 rounds of shot on this table without problems. The MEC 600 with the plate is about say 15 lbs. and was wondering if the RCBS press is about the same weight. If so I am thinking of getting the Rock Chucker as my press.

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I had my Rock Chucker attached to a piece of plywood (elevated by wooden slats for clearance of the the bolt heads to attach the press to the wood) then I clamped the plywood to my kitchen counter to reload. When I bought a Dillon 550b, I did the same thing, mounted it to plywood then clamped to the table. I now actually have a 1050 ... mounted to a piece of wood, though I routed a T-track into a work bench and the mounted press is held onto the workbench with T-nuts.
You might want to take a look at the Inline Fab. products especially the Flush mount quick change base.
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For your pistol rounds, you might find using a turret press (the Lee Classic is a good one) a bit less tedious. However the RC should work fine. I reloaded .45 on mine, as well as rifle stuff (.303 British).
Yea I could but what I want is only one press. I live in a mobile home and space is an issue. I wonder if a turret press can load 30-30 or 308? I don't know.

Thanks for your input
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One thing that helps a lot is weight .
A brick or 2 . A milk jug filled with water [ emergency water ? ] or sand .
Even keeping the bullets / pills on table will help stabilize it .
When we reload [ me and or nieces / nephews ] we clean the guns in
garage and use either cases of vegetables / cokes / or just bricks . The
table is a Costco one and while not flimsy it does move around when
Bumped . This is besides the range bags .
I insist on if you bring empty cases to reload , what ever shot them needs
to be cleaned .
Afreind lives in the hills in a trailer and uses his tool box for weight . He uses
a door matt to keep from scratching the table .
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Old 04-17-2018, 6:58 PM
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If your favorite most trustworthy and robust single stage press was no longer available, thru no fault of its own of course, what kind of press would you buy?
Meaningless unless you tell us what your "go-to" press is and what you found so indispensable about it. Was Pacific Reloader big heavy "C" press?

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Several alternatives.

Of course we could play 20 questions.


There are very few single stage presses that you can't buy anymore and cannot find an alternative for.
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My single stage is a T7. If it pooped, I'd pull the old RS3 from under the bench until I could get another T7.
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It seems that most here prefer the Rock Chucker press for reloading. I currently am in the market for a reloading press and am considering this. I reload .38/.357 mag but in the future I will be reloading 30-30 and 308. I have a few questions about this press.
1) how heavy is this?
My work bench is this
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HTN98X6...oaderaddict-20
Do you think this press will work with this? If not, what would be a good press?
2) What accessories go well with this press?

Thanks in advance
it ain't your press that needs changing it's that tea table of a bench you have, I'd be concerned if i set my beer on that thing. buy a real bench you will need it.
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it ain't your press that needs changing it's that tea table of a bench you have, I'd be concerned if i set my beer on that thing. buy a real bench you will need it.
For a single stage press, honestly, you could rig up a braced 2x4 and it would work as all your force is downwards on the handle. With a progressive like the dillon 550b and 650xl, you have to push the handle forward when it's in the upwards position and that is the problem as it would tilt the table backwards a bit.

And for that table, if you feel it's too flimsy, just cut a piece of 2x4 to length so that it can sit vertically directly under the press so that downward force goes down the 2x4 instead of through the table. Attach to the table it however you can, maybe with a Simpson Strong Tie metal bracket.
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Forster co-ax or another Dillon 550 but the basic model. My main single stage press is an older Hornady "Pacific" press.
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