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

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    Boolit Bub
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    I started with a lee classic turret then later upgraded to a loadmaster. After frustration I'm back to the turret

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    I started on a RL550B

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    The first press I learned on was a rockchucker. First I owned a Lee aluminum single stage.

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    My first press was a Dillon Square B.

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    I researched for a couple years before I bought a press.

    I bought a loadmaster from a member here.

    I use it mostly automatic for pistol.

    And do everything manually on it for rifle.

    I came to the conclusion that I don't like having several things happening at once, so my loadmaster can be compared to a turret system majority of the time.

    The only time Im forced to use a single stage is sizing or checking lead.
    Lee Loadmaster - Lee O-frame - Lee Melting Pot - Lee......... EVERYTHING

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    My first post here and gives away my age somewhat, I started with a RCBS jr in 1977.
    I gave it to a coworker a couple years ago. He was telling me about setting off primers while hammering on one of the Lee hand kits. The next day at work I gave him that press and you would have thought I had give him a new truck. I have since given him a cast off RCBS Ammomaster that he has running perfect.
    Its good to get others addicted.

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    Blindshooter welcome to the forum. Let me be the first to tell you bravo on helping out another in need and in this hobby. I think you will fit in well here.
    Stop being blinded by your own ignorance.

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    My dad bought a Lyman Spartan 50 years ago that I learned reloading on. I still have it mounted on my bench and it is still going strong.

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    Lee hand press. I have 1 Lee single, 2 Lee classic O's, and one Rock Chucker, but all of my reloading still ends up being done with my hand press. The big ones really just hold powder measures or push thru sizer dies.
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    RCBS Reloader Special 1, the original without a compound linkage. I had it for about three years and traded it for a Reloader Special 3, which I still have and use today.
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    Mid 50s Lyman tong tool

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    Lyman Spartan bought new in 1971 and used and maintained well since then. I have bought various others since then. Soon I will gift it to a young man as I did two Lachmillers, two RCBS Jr's and a Lyman Turret press. Still I have several more presses. I confess that I can't pass up a good deal on a used press.

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    Lee 50th anniversary kit. Like everything save for the “perfect” powder measure. Upgraded to their metal drum deluxe model which is leagues better. Been thinking about upgrading to rcbs rock chucked but honestly don’t see a practical need to
    A cigar makes a bad day good, a good day great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elkins45 View Post
    RCBS Reloader Special 1, the original without a compound linkage. I had it for about three years and traded it for a Reloader Special 3, which I still have and use today.
    I picked up my first RS press. I like it because it has two handle positions and can be mounted upside down.
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    Rock Chucker was first, then added a Dillon 550. then an additional RCBS A2
    "Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut." - Ernest Hemingway

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    Lee Loader whack a mole kit and a decent plastic/rubber faced hammer. Made decent ammo but the dog went ballistic when a primer went off so eventually.... My first real press was a Lee Classic Cast turret. No regrets about that purchase. Handles every job I put to it. Second press was a CH "C" style press which I also still use. Only one more press on my wish list and that is the Lee Classic "O" press, not the breech lock version but the regular threaded for dies bushing. But that is just because it was my second choice when I bought the turret and I still want (not need) one.

    I expect if I ever get that second Lee I'll find a new home for the CH press.
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    Scrap.... because all the really pithy and emphatic four letter words were taken and we had to describe this way of getting casting material somehow.
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    I bought a Rock Chucker RC II kit in the early 90s.

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    My first reloading press was a Texan Mod M. It is set up for Winchester AA (old style) cases. Thank goodness I have a 55gal drum of hulls.
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    He he he
    I have a LOT of "M" Texans and use them to load 12, 16, 20, 28 and 410
    may modify some for 24 and 32 gauges
    Mike
    NRA Benefactor 2004

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    Mine was also an RCBS Jr press

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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