RCBS Jr. 2 press

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  1. 1969SS396

    1969SS396 New Member

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    My brother gave me a Jr. 2 press a few years back, I was wondering who has one, or had one....do/did you like it. I've never heard of the Jr. presses until I got this one.

    Any benefit to mounting it on the bench with the Lee "O" press I already have? Keep the Jr. 2 and toss the Lee "O" ?

    Any info is appreciated.

    Thanks.
  2. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

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    they are tanks. youd be hard pressed to find a better built single stage IMO. I would mount it to the bench in place of the LEE and use the LEE as a backup.
  3. woolleyworm

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    JR presses are great; they don't have the throat opening to handle some of the larger cartridges, but for 95% of the most popular ones, they're just fine. I think you'll find that it will have a more "solid" feel than the Lee press.
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    1969SS396 New Member

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    Thanks for the responses.

    The Lee was a gift from a friend 26 years ago.....might be time to retire it. Or maybe give it to my son who is setting up his own reloading room.
  5. BobMcG

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    Not going to tell you which one to use but I did use the Jr. for a couple of decades for rifle and handguns. It's one strong, reliable press that should last a lifetime. A friend has been using one for about four decades now and isn't retiring it any time soon.
  6. Toney

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    I use my little lee c press to screw my little dandy into. Makes a good powder stand. Broke the little c press and a o press in less than a year.

    Ain't breaking my rcbs jr2 press.
  7. JLA

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    thats a helluvah plan. I started ona LEE anniversary and just recently got me an RCBS. I gave the anniversary to a friend who was starting out, its still goin...
  8. Warith

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    I just picked up jr press that is terrabley rusty but plan on cleaning it up and mounting on the bench to do my crimping with.
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    I have a Jr. 3 that I bought back in the early '80s and it still works great. I recently bought my uncles reloading supplies, that included an old Herters press. I just mounted it next to my Jr.3 and use the two together each performing different tasks. So why not mount both if you have the room.
  11. Warith

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    That is what gave me the idea that I could use that old Jr Press Woolleyworm.

    Got all the rust off it now to get that nice shiney look to the ram.
  12. woolleyworm

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    Take the ram out and put it on a polishing/buffing wheel and then run some BlueMagic or equivalent polish on it. A little elbow grease and she'll look great! Before/after Pics would be great too! ;) :D
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    that bluemagic mag polish is what I use to do trigger jobs and action smoothing jobs... (dang, spillin the smithin secrets again) :D
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    Grabbed a 1970 JR2 from a co-worker for FREE:cool:
    Sorry no before pics but the frame was rusted and the ram was near pitted but polished out nice. A bucket of Evapo Rust purchased from harbor freight and a can of Emerald green hammered finish paint by Rustoleum and it came out allright for a beginner...(press is hanging on that bolt for pics, I did actually mount it correctly before using)

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  15. JLA

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    thats damn nice 312, i wish someone would gimme a free press...;)
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