Which Press is best?

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by Mike1959, Jul 3, 2012.

  1. Mike1959

    Mike1959 New Member

    May 22, 2012
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Hello All,

    Have been enjoying this forum for a while now, thanks for all the great usefull info. Now on to my questions. I am now ready to start purchasing my reloading tools, want to start with 9mm. I have narrowed the list down to 2 presses, the RCBS rock chucker or the Lee. both offer a starter kit which includes the basics however the price difference is pretty substantial. It has been my experience with other tools that you get what you pay for quality wise. Is this the case with reloading presses and equipment??

    I want to avoid having to upgrade at a later date if possible so I welcome all opinions and pros/cons of each.

    Thanks in advance for all responses.
  2. cpttango30

    cpttango30 Guest

    I would go with the RCBS myself. I have had way too many Lee products break and never could get any customer support from them. Other Love lee. Get what ever fits your budget.

  3. soundguy

    soundguy Well-Known Member

    May 8, 2012
    I bought a rock chucker kit, and backet it up with a lee classic C style press I found NIB for 20$ at a pawn shop.

    the rock chucker is an awesome / nice press. it has a big throat and ram.. lotsa leverage... can do large game cartridges with it too.

    I have the lee setup as a decap and sizer over onthe side.. speeds it up.. don't have to change out die's as much.

    looking at kits.. i see lee has a starter kit for 109$ and rcbs has a partner and the rock chucker. rc is about 300 and partner a good chunk of it.

    all depends on what you want to do.

    My lee press has never let me down.. for sure it is inferior in strength thanthe larger and 5x more expensivce rc.. so it's not a fiar comparison.

    if i was just making a few 9mm a week to paly with.. the lee kit will save you $$ and you can get other goodies.

    I DO like the rcbs 505 scale better than the quite um.. economical scale that comes with the lee kit. that's a clear win IMHO.

    if you get into it and stay into it.. it's not a big deal what you get first.. as you will likely have 2 before no time. and a digital scal.. maybee powder dipeprs.. trimmers.. extra load blocks.. more books..e tc..e tc..e tc.

    it's like potato chips.. you can't just have 1.. :)

    if you are looking for a vote.. rcbs

    good luck!
  4. Mike1959

    Mike1959 New Member

    May 22, 2012
    Fort Worth, Texas
    I plan to start with 9mm but eventually get into some rifle calibers as well. Probably 30-30 and .308 later on and maybe some .243 for my dad. Just looking for best value to begin this journey.
  5. howlnmad

    howlnmad Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2008
    Harriman, Tn
    Since you plan on expanding your calibers, I'd suggest the Lee Classic Cast Turret press. This is available in a kit as well and is a great press. You'll soon tire of doing 9mm in a single stage press.
  6. hunter29180

    hunter29180 Well-Known Member

    if you plan on reloading less than say 1000 rounds a week the Lee turret will last a good long while, as you learn you can choose to upgrade to more expensive press setup later. the Lee will allow you time to see if reloading is something you want to stick with or just a passing fancy, without breaking the bank...course you may love the Lee..some do, some dont....
  7. flintlock

    flintlock Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2007
    Upstate NY
    Dillion makes the best progressive presses in my opinion, and Forster makes the best single stage press. And as far as turrets go, Lyman is tough to beat.
  8. DixieLandMan

    DixieLandMan Member

    Oct 18, 2011
    I have all Lee equipment and they have never let me down. The single stage is, by far, the easiest to chage from caliber to caliber but it really does get old fast if you load 9mm on it so it is reserved for loading rifle and for depriming. It really is your decision but I like Lee.
  9. aa1911

    aa1911 Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    RCBS Rockchucker is 100% solid, wouldn't have it any other way. Lee works but is kinda like a Kia vs. a Lexus. they will both get you there but....

    For progressive metallic press, Dillon all the way.

    for shotgun, MEC all the way
  10. ozo

    ozo Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2011
    Nashville TN
    Dillon 550B
  11. howlnmad

    howlnmad Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2008
    Harriman, Tn
    I love these rainbow war threads.

    I'll put my Lee Classic Cast single stage up against any Rock chucker out there.
  12. Mike1959

    Mike1959 New Member

    May 22, 2012
    Fort Worth, Texas
    thanks to all who have responded and i am sorry if i started any kind of "rainbow" war, was not my intention. i think based on all available opinion and shopping around i am going to look at a Lee turret kit. once i decide to persue reloading further i can then look at upgrades by brand and function.
  13. Twicepop

    Twicepop Well-Known Member

    Jan 9, 2012
    NW Ohio
    If you want an outstanding single stage press, my recomendation would be the Redding Big Boss. The "O" frame opening is tall enough for full length H&H cases, plus the opening is angled that allows you full view of the loading process. The legs of the RCBS are at 12:00 and at 6:00 as you sit if front of the press, the Reddings are at 10:00 and 4:00. Not a big deal to most people, but it is handier with this configuration. If you want a turret press (not a progressive) Redding has a 7 station turret press that the good folks at Sinclairs say is the only turret press accurate enough for precision bench rest loading.

    those who beat their guns into plowshares, will plow for those who didn't
  14. Hammerslagger

    Hammerslagger New Member

    Jul 30, 2009
    I own both RCBS and LEE. Both get the job done. The RCBS obviously cost more to manufacture and is more robust. You are not likely to ever wear either press out.
  15. soundguy

    soundguy Well-Known Member

    May 8, 2012
    you know, that rock chucker supreme can be used to reload shotgun, AND can be upgraded via piggyback kit to progressive.. :)
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