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    As indicated in the posts above, get one with the bushing
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    I'd love to have an A2 and will happily snap one up for a price I can choke down.

    Is there any CURRENTLY produced cast STEEL presses being made? The current Rockchuckers are cast iron aren't they? Haven't heard glowing reviews about those anyways. Seem most of us more dedicated reloaders and boolit casters prefer the older stuff. I sure do.
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    CH4D makes cast steel presses
    I do not own a Rockchucker but it is cast iron and a great press
    I have cast steel presses, but nothing wrong with cast iron short of swaging
    Put a Big Max on ebay, cast iron, and an A2 cast steel, and see what happens
    The Big Max is a great press, I love mine
    I like my A2s, but would keep the Big Max if I had to choose
    To each their own
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    Ozark, what's the model number for the farthest left press in your picture? I've used one for years and never really known much other than it was one of the early rcbs presses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mytmousemalibu View Post
    I'd love to have an A2 and will happily snap one up for a price I can choke down.

    Is there any CURRENTLY produced cast STEEL presses being made? The current Rockchuckers are cast aren't they? Haven't heard glowing reviews about those anyways. Seem most of us more dedicated reloaders and boolit casters prefer the older stuff. I sure do.
    I believe the lee presses are cast Steel. They use old melted down railroad rails I remember reading?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew P View Post
    I believe the lee presses are cast Steel. They use old melted down railroad rails I remember reading?
    AS best I can tell, the rail road thing is an internet myth.
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    It has the bushing. its cast steel. I bought it from this old re-loader, I was contemplating doing some .224 bullet swaging. Its true what they say about the A-2's, The weight of just the handle can re-size a 45-70 brass just kidding.
    I guess it could be fore sale. I paid the old guy a decent amount.

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    Big Jake, if you want to sell it please post it in swap & sell. Offers to buy here will get the thread deleted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by firebyprolong View Post
    Ozark, what's the model number for the farthest left press in your picture? I've used one for years and never really known much other than it was one of the early rcbs presses.

    From memory ?? I believe it was just an A, I have some close up pics somewhere, If I find them I'll post them, also this press was an upstroke operation only. Actually ended up selling it to a guy in Alaska

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    "Firebtprolong"

    After looking at the pics (above), I see that no "A" letter appeared, but rather just Oroville, Calif. Note the reversed toggle linkage allowing only up stroke to raise the ram.

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    That's the 1951 version of what RCBS calls the pre A.
    Same basic frame but rather odd linkage.
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    Thanks fellas, I've never seen another one exactly like it till now. I always wondered about it and I appreciate the information. It was my first real press after I snapped a lee c frame when I was a kid. It is still my main press for case forming, full length sizing and some swage work.

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    The NIB A2 with no bushing went for $492.99
    So how much is an A2 worth, a lot
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    Used, about half of that.
    Sounds like a little bit of auction fever
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pressman View Post
    Used, about half of that.
    Sounds like a little bit of auction fever
    The is NIB disease. There are several excellent A2s in the completed listings for half that price.
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