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    Best swaging press for the money?

    Just curious besides reloading press. What is the best for the money? Sea Girt, Walnut hill, Up North or?????
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    I would say, if you are only going to swage bullets and don't want the dual stroke length, that the Sea Girt looks like a strong press and a good buy.

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    if your only looking for a swage press the BSSP press from Dr. Blackmon is only 150. its basically a mighty mite.
    after that the Sea Girt then the Walnut Hill
    none really are cheap and there are other ways around it. It kinda leads to the Lee , RCBS, Hornady debate. I suppose your intended use and the amount you use it would dictate what the best value for the money is.

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    I'll throw my vote in for the Walnut hills press. It is a pricey press however but they do hold their value, Just watched one on ebay that was well used go for $10 under what is listed new and $26 for shipping....I will never need to replace it or any of its parts however. I got the WH press knowing I was going to be swaging larger bullets other than .223 eventually.

    Currently working on .375 Swage dies and designing the reamers for the 2 styles of bullets I'll be using (learning as I go on this) I also enjoy the WH press because it serves as a 2nd 50bmg press for my bench when needed.
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    For the money. Modified Lee Classic Cast appears the cheapest. BT has swaged up to .338's on it. I am but an armchair swager though, so there you have it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reload3006 View Post
    if your only looking for a swage press the BSSP press from Dr. Blackmon is only 150. its basically a mighty mite.
    after that the Sea Girt then the Walnut Hill
    none really are cheap and there are other ways around it. It kinda leads to the Lee , RCBS, Hornady debate. I suppose your intended use and the amount you use it would dictate what the best value for the money is.
    I would include the Blackmon press too, I just like the vertical presses better than the horizontal. Good press though. Both designs have their pros and cons.
    Last edited by MIBULLETS; 01-30-2012 at 08:55 PM. Reason: spelling

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