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Just got my reloading setup in the mail today. I got it on Craigslist for $225 which included overnight shipping. The guy got a discount down from 70 bucks to $25 for his job what a score haha. Anyway do you guys think I got a good deal on everything? All I need now is projectiles primers and powder and a powder throw then I'll be off and running. Oh and those dies are .223 carbide dies which is a pretty good score for these days.
 

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What brand are the dies?
Carbide rifle dies aren't cheap,and you'll find out real fast if they aren't carbide-You'll get a stuck case in the sizing die.
 

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ok, first up I want 400rds of 350gr .458SOCOM ... followed by 1000rds of .308W ... and lastly about 4000rds of 5.56Nato :D


let me know where to mail the empties ;)
 

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ok, first up I want 400rds of 350gr .458SOCOM ... followed by 1000rds of .308W ... and lastly about 4000rds of 5.56Nato :D

let me know where to mail the empties ;)
Send me a spikes tactical, a WASR and a repeal of New Yorks new BS gun laws and ill have it at your house the next day with a big pretty bow on it :cool:
 

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The dies are the 2 piece standard lyman

I was told they were carbide by the seller I have yet to do any loading...
 

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Send me a spikes tactical, a WASR and a repeal of New Yorks new BS gun laws and ill have it at your house the next day with a big pretty bow on it :cool:
can't help you with the first 2 :eek: but I'm doing everything I can with the last 1 ;)
 

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Send me a spikes tactical, a WASR and a repeal of New Yorks new BS gun laws and ill have it at your house the next day with a big pretty bow on it :cool:

Ok...now thats price gouging. Political action for ammo??! what a rip off!
 

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That doesn't look like too bad a price for what you have there and fast shipping, you got a couple items that didn't come with my RCBS kit (calipers, powder trickle, case trimmer, dies), what brand is the grey colored press, trimmer, scale? This setup will probably work fine for 223 and other smaller shells but if you want to start doing larger stuff with heavy full length sizing you may want to consider a "O" frame press as they can take the pressures much better without flexing or breaking. If you were to ad another heavier press you could still keep the "C" frame one you have there for a bullet seating press or whatever. I have the Rock Chucker Supreme Kit and I would like to ad another press to my setup just to have one for bullet seating.
 

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That doesn't look like too bad a price for what you have there and fast shipping, you got a couple items that didn't come with my RCBS kit (calipers, powder trickle, case trimmer, dies), what brand is the grey colored press, trimmer, scale? This setup will probably work fine for 223 and other smaller shells but if you want to start doing larger stuff with heavy full length sizing you may want to consider a "O" frame press as they can take the pressures much better without flexing or breaking. If you were to ad another heavier press you could still keep the "C" frame one you have there for a bullet seating press or whatever. I have the Rock Chucker Supreme Kit and I would like to ad another press to my setup just to have one for bullet seating.
The scale, press, and trimmer are all Lyman. I'm sure they came as a set back whenever the guy bought them. After talking to the guy who sold them to me he said the press was sent back to the Factory for one reason or another and they sent him a new one. I got this setup to load .223 and .308...think it would be ok to load .308 on it?
 

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Ya it would load 308 fine I'm sure, just watch what's going on when ur working it, see if you are having to put a lot of force on it which may cause it to flex or possibly break, I'm sure it will be fine for 223 or even some 308 but if you are going to be doing a lot of loading or want to load some bigger stuff look into adding the "O" frame press, they're much stronger and will last forever. What you have there is a fine set to start out with.
 

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Ya it would load 308 fine I'm sure, just watch what's going on when ur working it, see if you are having to put a lot of force on it which may cause it to flex or possibly break, I'm sure it will be fine for 223 or even some 308 but if you are going to be doing a lot of loading or want to load some bigger stuff look into adding the "O" frame press, they're much stronger and will last forever. What you have there is a fine set to start out with.
Thanks a lot all I need is a powder throw. I checked my scale with a 55 grain projectile and its dead eye d!ck every time.
 

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I got the RCBS powder throw with my kit, it works ok but I am not thrilled with it. I wish I would have bought everything seperate and spent probably a little more but got the components I really liked. My buddy has the Hornady powder throw and it has a much better feel to it. I didn't notice a hand prime tool there, these are very handy and a good way to prime without really handling the primers with your hands too much, my kit came with the RCBS one and it works ok, stay away from the Lee handprime tool as it requires it's own special shellholders rather than using the same shellholders as all the presses use.
 

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I got the RCBS powder throw with my kit, it works ok but I am not thrilled with it. I wish I would have bought everything seperate and spent probably a little more but got the components I really liked. My buddy has the Hornady powder throw and it has a much better feel to it. I didn't notice a hand prime tool there, these are very handy and a good way to prime without really handling the primers with your hands too much, my kit came with the RCBS one and it works ok, stay away from the Lee handprime tool as it requires it's own special shellholders rather than using the same shellholders as all the presses use.
There's actually a primer on the press with a tube. It seems like it will be a little awkward to get used to but I think once I get it down ill be A-OK
 

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Ya I saw that on there, that should work pretty good, my buddy has the old Rock Chucker and it had a setup like that with the tube, though he still used the hand prime tool a lot as well, my Rock Chucker Supreme which is the replacement for his press only has a small arm which you would have to individually set each primer on, it's a pain in the a$$ so I use the hand prime, also the hand prime allows you to sit on the couch and watch tv while priming rather than being tied to the bench, just something extra that's nice to have but not really a necessity.
 

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Ya it would load 308 fine I'm sure, just watch what's going on when ur working it, see if you are having to put a lot of force on it which may cause it to flex or possibly break, I'm sure it will be fine for 223 or even some 308 but if you are going to be doing a lot of loading or want to load some bigger stuff look into adding the "O" frame press, they're much stronger and will last forever. What you have there is a fine set to start out with.
Thats a Lyman Spartan, I have one of those and its pretty heavy duty. Ive resized '06 to 7.7 jap with no problems....

There's actually a primer on the press with a tube. It seems like it will be a little awkward to get used to but I think once I get it down ill be A-OK
Trust me, get the lee hand primer tool. It is awesome! Once you get it, you'll never want to use the one built into the press.
 

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Thats a Lyman Spartan, I have one of those and its pretty heavy duty. Ive resized '06 to 7.7 jap with no problems....

Trust me, get the lee hand primer tool. It is awesome! Once you get it, you'll never want to use the one built into the press.
Yea I have all the original manuals which is pretty cool IMO. It's good to know that you can load -06 on it that's the biggest ill be loading for a while to come.
 

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that press is like my first one...I never has a problem sizing any rifle case @ all...pretty good press for a C press!
 
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