Best Brand for Single Stage Press

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  1. El Diablo

    El Diablo New Member

    Jan 21, 2011
    Best Brand for Single Stage Press
  2. woolleyworm

    woolleyworm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2009
    SW Fort Worth
    Best single stage press is the Co-Ax, probably get the vote for every 9 out of 10 that have ever used one. RCBS would get my vote for overall line of single stage presses. Hollywoods are stout, but hard to find.

  3. muddober

    muddober Active Member

    Sep 19, 2008
    Carson City Nevada
    I agree 100% and would add that you wanted to load 50 BMG or some of the big double rifle calibers you would have to go to the RCBS or Hollywood, but if not, nothing beats the Co-Ax as a single stage press.

    Last edited: Jan 26, 2011
  4. BullShoot

    BullShoot New Member

    May 9, 2010
    missouri ozarks
    I have a strong preference for a Lock-n-load Hornady. I've had Pacific, RCBS, Lee and Lyman - like my Hornady best.
  5. howlnmad

    howlnmad Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2008
    Harriman, Tn
    Dillon makes a single stage, I was not aware of that. As for my vote, see post in previous thread.
  6. RandyP

    RandyP Active Member

    Jan 22, 2009
    El Diablo, I take it you enjoy creating polls? As a very new member, did you have any particular objective in seeing poll results?

    Just wondering.
  7. Zhurh

    Zhurh Active Member

    Mar 19, 2010
    Upper Yukon, Alaska
    I'm happy enough with my Redding Ultra Mag; the spent primers fall into a plastic tube, not onto the floor.
  8. mtnman05

    mtnman05 New Member

    Dec 3, 2010
    I have a Lee single stage that came in the Lee aniversary kit. I love it for my 44magnum and other pistol rounds. The Lee dies are inexpensive and work great too.
  9. El Diablo

    El Diablo New Member

    Jan 21, 2011
    Yes, I am thinking to begin reloading, and I´ll be glad to get opinions from most of you.

  10. noylj

    noylj Active Member

    Jul 27, 2007
    Best? Forster Co-Ax (owned one since the late '70s, I think.
    IF not that, then the Hornady L-N-L SS.
    After that, I move down to the Lee Breechlock Challenger. After that, any decent press I can buy for cheap or get for free.
  11. RandyP

    RandyP Active Member

    Jan 22, 2009
    there is no 'best' beyond what is best for your individual needs and your unique budget. If you shoot in competitions burning up 1000 rounds a week in practice? There is NO single stage press that is 'best' for you. You really would benefit from a progressive press.

    Do you shoot maybe a couple hundred rounds maybe every month or so in one or a few calibers? Any single stage or turret will more than suffice. Shoot less than that? Maybe reloading isn't even the best choice, unless you want to learn a new skill and add another hobby.

    Again, you are the judge of what meets your needs. Read up on reloading and many of your questions will be answered (prior to your next poll for 'best' powder or 'best' bullets -lol) I recommend the ABC's of Reloading and the Lee and Lyman manuals. There are also great self-help videos of the process on youtube and the Lee factory website:
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  12. Kevin Rohrer

    Kevin Rohrer Active Member Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2010
    Medina, Ohio
    Someone tried this on another site that didn't go anywhere because there were too few choices. I didn't vote there and I won't vote here, as neither of my choices for Best Press are listed: CH or Hollywood.
  13. Lee C.

    Lee C. New Member

    Feb 3, 2010
    Antigo Wi.
  14. Gamemaster 760

    Gamemaster 760 New Member

    Nov 2, 2010
    A Hornady is a Pacific -

    The only thing to be concerned with when reloading is that the press is precision - which means that the ram is directly in line with the die and there is no binding and the press works reliably for several lifetimes.

    Some 50 year old RCBS presses are still being sold on EBAY for as much as a brand new one and the sellers are getting their asking price.
    I have yet to hear of anyone that was using any RCBS component - that had a part break, where RCBS didn't replace it free of charge.
    Even the uncapping pin which is known to break when you try to punch out crimped in primers on old military rounds.
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