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

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    Quote Originally Posted by HATCH View Post
    Dillon 550 back in the 90s
    I didn't mess with single stage presses until I needed to size some 300 BO boolits
    Me too!

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    My first press was a Herters that I "ordered out" in the 60s. I don't recall what model it was now but it was BIG. Probably weighed about 2 1/2 times what my Rockchucker weighs.
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    Rock chucker, still use it. Kids will probably use it someday.


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    Early 1960s: Pacific C-frame single-stage. Today, that same press is on its third-generation of reloader. Sometime in the 80s, I gave it to a friend who was just beginning to reload and, a couple years ago, he gave it to his youngest son who had recently graduated from college and taken a job out of state (couldn't use his dad's reloading bench, anymore).

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    A 20ga Bair (honey) from 1971 still have. First metallic RCBS RL Special 1 1984
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    The ubiquitous Rock Chucker. Never did use it to chuck rocks though.

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    My first press was an Texan "C" frame press that was made out of aluminum and took standard shell holders. It was actually a fairly good press and I sold it to a friend and then purchased an RCBS Jr.

    Ken

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    Pacific C-frame (blue) 1964, lasted to 1971 when casting cracked, cast iron Pacific O-frame with compound leverage replaced it (still using it)

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    Lee 3-hole turret, and still do.

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    Started with a RCBS Jr 2 that I grew up reloading on, then was passed to me by my dad. Handle doesn't stay up on it's own anymore. But it still gets some limited use.

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    RCBS Special Reloader, 1981. Since then two Rockchuckers, and a Hornady AP witb all the bells and whistles. Mec 600 Jr's for 10, 12, 16, and 20 gauge. Can't wait to get a new reloading bench made up. Something in the 32 feet by 2, set up in the corner, 16 feet each way, that way I won't feel so cramped with all the presses and lubers and such set up.

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    Dillon square deal in 45 Colt. Haven't used it in at least 10 years, probably never will again. Shortly afterward, got an old RCBS Rockchucker, still use it to this day.

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    Lee hand press. Still have it, still use it for depriming sometimes.

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    1968 - Lee Wack - a -Mole dies in 30-30 and 16 gauge - 30-30 for my Dad's rifle and 16 for my Stevens single barrel shotgun. 1977 or so graduated to an RCBS Jr3. now in the hands of Arisaka99.
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    1967, Lyman 310 tool and dies for a Ruger Super Blackhawk. The following year I "upgraded" to a Tru Line Jr. Sadly the Super Blackhawk is gone but the reloading tools are safely in the basement.
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    20 years ago then girlfriend now wife bought me the RCBS Rockchucker supreme kit. I unboxed it and it was rusty and parts were missing, brought it back to the store and asked for one that hadn't been on display for years and received a new kit. The one I brought home was the first one I ever reloaded on and I used it yesterday still a great press.
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    FIRST: Lee Loader for 12 gauge shotshells

    SECOND: C-H "H-press"
    What a wonderful little press for handgun ammo.
    Mine is black
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6b-8ahUj9eI
    https://www.northwestfirearms.com/th...-press.179057/

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    lee pro 1000

    back in 1997

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    Ideal C press a long time ago.

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    I started reloading with a Lyman 310 tool.The first actual press I had was a Lyman TruLine Jr.That back in the 50's.

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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