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Old 04-14-2014, 08:43 PM   #1
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I have a progressive press already.

I will be getting a single stage in the next couple weeks. Mostly because I like the most control as possible over every single round.

Personally I'm leaning towards an RCBS Rock Chucker. I will primarily be reloading pistol calibers, but will possibly expand to 30-30 or .308 in the future.

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- What do you use?
- Do you recommend it?
- Is it compatible with all brands of dies?
- Is it ok for both pistol and rifle rounds?
- Have you ever had any issues with it and if so how was the company's customer service?

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Old 04-14-2014, 08:48 PM   #2
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The RCBS single stage is a good choice, however i can't figure out why you would want that for pistol Rds when you have a progressive.

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I bought a Rockchucker back in the early 1990's and still use it today. It has been and is a very good press.

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Why does the myth persist that single stage presses somehow make better ammo than a progressive. How does a single stage give you more control?

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I use my progressive for volume loading. I use my single stage for precise stuff. I will weigh each charge when I am loading for precision shooting. I use an RCBS single stage. It is a top notch press. You will be happy if you get one.

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i have no doubt that the RCBS will serve you well. a bit pricey, but well worth it.

i inherited my RCBS RC-5 from my father. it has reloaded many, many rounds over the years, before i got it. this press is well over 45 years old and shows no signs of wearing down!

but in all honesty, any of the top brands of reloading presses will probably serve the purpose you might need a press for.

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- What do you use?

Rockchucker. I load 9mm, .223 and .308

- Do you recommend it?

Absolutely

- Is it compatible with all brands of dies?

Yes. However, It gets even better if you swap the threaded die nut for the Hornady LNL bushing system. If you already have a hornady progressive this upgrade is a must.

- Is it ok for both pistol and rifle rounds?

I use it for both. It isn't ideal if you shoot a ton of handgun ammo, but works just fine for me. I average 100-150 rds an hour 9mm.

- Have you ever had any issues with it and if so how was the company's customer service?

The only issues were operator error and with their dies. RCBS has great customer service. They refused to let me pay for a part that I broke, even thought it was entirely my fault.

You will not regret buying a Rockchucker press.

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I'm not sure if I average 30 rounds an hour, if you

count in all the prep work.

But the truth is I'm a lousy shot. So I need every

advantage I can get, including precise, thorough, load

work-ups.

I've got an old Pacific C, and an old RCBS single stage.

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I'm not sure if I average 30 rounds an hour, if you

count in all the prep work.

But the truth is I'm a lousy shot. So I need every

advantage I can get, including precise, thorough, load

work-ups.

I've got an old Pacific C, and an old RCBS single stage.

30 per hour from unprocessed brass is probably more realistic than 100-150. I should clarify, that I clean size and prime in large batches. I keep them in a container with desiccant. That way when I want to go shoot I can load 100-150 pretty quickly.

I am also a lousy shot and the rockchucker hasn't been able to fix that.
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I use a RCBS RC and only a RCBS RC. It's 40 years old, but doesn't look or act a day over 1. Does everything I need it to do. I don't load high volumes, but I load what I need and more.

It's simply a pleasure to go on the bench and reload. A simple pleasure......

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