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Thread: What was the first press, that you owned, that you reloaded on????

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    What was the first press, that you owned, that you reloaded on????

    Probably been asked before, but I missed it.
    What was the first press, that you owned, that you reloaded on?????

    My first was the cheap Lee single. Promo that came with the Lee book.
    I always seem to be low on money, so cheap or free with me.
    I still have and use it. Have an RCBS strip primer on it.
    Still going strong.

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    This was back in the 80s. My first reloading press was made from an old bottle capper press. I used lees loader dies sets with it. Later I used some Wilson straight line dies with it. In all honesty that press and Lee dies sets loaded way more accurate ammo for me than it should have. It was a solid ahrbor style press that was adjustable for height and solid.

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    Lyman Orange Crusher. It still works 30 years later.

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    Lee value turret. Gift from my folks with a set of dies too. Worked so good I gave it to a buddy to get started and got myself the classic cast version.
    My feedback page if you feel inclined to add:
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    Thanks Yall!

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    1979 Bonanza "68" red press, Lost it in a divorce and sold all my guns. Loaded a lot of 38/357 on that press with just RCBS dies, RCBS 505 scale and Lee powder dippers.

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    LEE Challenger back in the mid 90's, a friend set me up with everything needed to load .308 Win but a set of dies. I bought the dies and he taught me to load my own, I still have that press and all.

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    RCBS Reloader Special, came with .38/357 dies and still have it.

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    Lee aluminum O frame with the bushings. Great investment, and if I can get it back from my bil I'll get to figuring out how to mount it upside down

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    RCBS Junior in 68

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    A used Schissel H-type press in 1963 that I still use as my main single station press today. Along with it I got a set of 30-06 dies, also Schissel, brass, 1/2 or so, box of Hornady 180 grain 30 caliber bullets, 1/2 can of IMR 4350, 150 or so CCI primers, Lyman 55 measure, Redding oil dampened scale, Lyman wooden handled inside neck deburring tool, Lyman #42 loading manual, 3/4 full bottle of C-H case lube, a Herters lube pad (Model Perfect I'm sure ) and a homemade box to hold all the stuff except the press, all for $35.00. I bought it from my boss. who at the time, was going through a rather bitter divorice and needed money. I was working for something like a buck and a half an hour so that was a pretty big purchase for me.

    The gunsmith at Loveland guided me through the process and although I loaded up a good share of the brass just to learn the basic process, I didn't own a 30-06 until 25 years later when I bought my 1st Garand.
    OK folks, there is only two ways to do this. My way or my other way.

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    I was newly married and living in our first apartment so Lee hand press!

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    I started out on an old Rock Chucker. Have since had a Lee Classic Cast turret and now using a Lyman T Mag II turret. I load a few rifle rounds,but mostly pistol(38 Special, 9mm,and 45ACP). I still think the old Rock Chucker loaded better rounds than the turrets,but was painfully slow. I still have the RC and might put it back into the rotation.

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    Lee Classic Cast single stage . Still have it and use it for sizing and decapping . I now have green , orange , and other red presses as well .

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    RCBS Rockchucker. It is in the barn, somewhere.
    Member: Orange Gunsite Family, NRA-Life, Varmint Hunter's Assn, ARTCA, American Legion, & the West Branch Gun Club.

    Caveat Emptor: Do not trust Cavery Grips from Clayton, NC. He will rip you off.

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    Dillon 550 back in the 90s
    I didn't mess with single stage presses until I needed to size some 300 BO boolits

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    Mine was a Pacific Super Deluxe. It was in 1976, before ammo shortages, when factory ammo was plentiful and relatively cheap, most people didn’t shoot a lot, and you could wave a sawski or so in front of a Gun Show table holder and give him the option of taking a nice light Federal Reserve Note or thirty pounds of unsold cast iron back home with him.

    Ah, the Good Old Days! A total buyers’ market! (*Sniff!*)

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    RCBS junior, never liked it because the handle would not stay up.
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    Lee Breechlock hand press. I have 2 others but it remains my favorite for most tasks.

    I do have a lee classic C press mounted inverted for sizing/gas check duties.

    But I prefer the hand press for everything else.

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    A Lachmiller is what I started with.

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    Dillon 550, that was 20 years ago. Proof that you do NOT have to start with a single stage!

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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check