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Posted: 12/16/2016 11:24:32 AM EST
I have about 200 bucks to spend on a new press but not sure which one to get, been looking at the following: (Single Stage)

Lee Classic Cast Breach Lock
Hornady Lock n Load Classic
Hornady Lock n Load Iron
RCBS Rock Chucker
RCBS Summit

I'll be upgrading from a Lee Precision cheapo Breach Lock, which has been good so far but looking for something that feel smoother and more precise.

I'll keep the Breach Lock for de-caping and priming, so don't need to worry about those features on the new press.

I'm looking for precision and not worried about speed so I'll stick with a single stage press and welcome any other recommendations you have.
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 11:50:52 AM EST
I like my Rock Chucker but I am fascinated by the new MEC single stage:

MEC

I especially like the shell holder lock and the way it rotates. Seems like a great addition to reloading..
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 12:04:36 PM EST
I have a Lee Classic Cast single stage. Very heavy duty and rugged. You can reload 50BMG on it if you so choose. I went with the non-breechlock version and instead purchased the conversion kit that lets me use the Hornady Lock n Load quick change bushing system. I also like that the spent primers go down the center of the ram into a collection tube. This one gets my vote.
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 12:22:08 PM EST
I use a Lee press which works great but I must say I am truly amazed by anything RCBS makes and their customer service cannot be beat.

Lee is more economical and good quality but RCBS is a step above. If you want it to last your lifetime and beyond..my $.02
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 12:28:02 PM EST
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 2:04:37 PM EST
If my primary goal was precision I would be looking at a Fosters Co-Ax.

From your list I would pick the RCBS Rock Chucker.

I agree that the MEC is intriguing but MEC shotgun presses have disappointed me.

 
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 2:38:26 PM EST
Another vote here for the RCBS Rock Chucker.
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 5:49:42 PM EST
Any downside to the RCBS Summit? only reason I ask is because it would sit perfect on my bench and Sportsmans has it for 199.99
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 5:54:44 PM EST
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 5:59:14 PM EST
The Rock Chucker at Cabelas right night where I'm at is about 145 and the Summit is 200
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 6:19:53 PM EST
Lee Classic Cast with lock and load conversion bushing
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 8:06:36 PM EST
go with the summit!

Or save just a little longer and get a forster coax. In the long run you will save money never buying shell holders.

Link Posted: 12/16/2016 8:54:54 PM EST
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Lee Classic Cast with lock and load conversion bushing
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Link Posted: 12/16/2016 8:55:44 PM EST
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Originally Posted By cmatera:
Lee Classic Cast with lock and load conversion bushing
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Yup! I have a Rock Chucker, Partner, Hornady L-n-L and a Classic Cast. The best one is the Classic Cast with a few upgrades from Inline Fabrication (case kicker, strong mount and a roller handle).

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Link Posted: 12/16/2016 9:15:20 PM EST
Gotta admit that MEC press looks mighty sweet. Taking a cue from Inline Fabrication, MEC also offers some interesting accessories including a strong mount, accessory tray, shellholder tray, and some other items (pics on MidwayUSA's site).

It's also about $75 less than the Hornady Iron Press. Don't see any "on-press" priming (maybe it doesn't have any) but pretty sure used primers are directed down a hollow ram and into a collection tray underneath.

I like it.
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 9:41:55 PM EST
I've owned and used Rock Chuckers for close to 50 years. No reason not to suggest one. Their bulletproof and RCBS has a good warranty so a used one from the bay or a show could be a good option.
Link Posted: 12/17/2016 5:08:43 AM EST
Forgot to post MEC's YT video on their new press:

MEC
Link Posted: 12/17/2016 10:00:58 AM EST
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Originally Posted By dryflash3:
I would get the Rock Chucker.
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I started on a rock chucker and never had issues with it.  
Link Posted: 12/18/2016 10:56:09 AM EST
I ended up picking up a RCBS Rock Chucker, seems to be built solid and looks good. I appreciate the recommendations from ya guys.
Link Posted: 12/18/2016 1:05:54 PM EST
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Originally Posted By nigla:
go with the summit!

Or save just a little longer and get a forster coax. In the long run you will save money never buying shell holders.
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Reviews I've read on the RCBS Summit point to issues with excessive run-out.
Link Posted: 12/18/2016 10:00:16 PM EST
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