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Old 05-30-2019, 06:48 PM
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My progressive reloading set-up..
Is..
#1 RCBS press
#2 Hornady press
#3 Lyman press.

All mounted on the bench..
A wheeler office chair to speed up the process..
I know poor boy set up.. but it works good.
I do admit... The Hornady press and the die collers are quick and eazy.
Set and forget.
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Old 05-30-2019, 06:50 PM
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My progressive reloading set-up..
Is..
#1 RCBS press
#2 Hornady press
#3 Lyman press.

All mounted on the bench..
A wheeler office chair to speed up the process..
I know poor boy set up.. but it works good.
I do admit... The Hornady press and the die collers are quick and eazy.
Set and forget.

P.s. that's the cleanest reloading bench I've ever seen in my life..
Mine looks like grenade hit it...😕
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Old 06-01-2019, 12:31 PM
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I have an old LEE reloader..
For the 30-30 Winchester..
Just found it stuffed back in other stuff.
Where it shouldn't have been in the first place.
It's slow to load..
But it works really good. Chunk of wood, beat on it. Makes great ammo.
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Old 06-01-2019, 05:55 PM
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Redding turret press. I have one and it is super strong. I like 'O' presses best for strength, but for loading handgun stuff the Redding Turret is the best I have used. Must be cast iron. Do not get an aluminum press. Not strong enough to last generations when sizing brass.
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Old 07-22-2019, 08:53 AM
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Is anyone familiar with the Frankford Arsenal Coax Press? Scheels is carrying them now and it looks very nice. I haven't changed presses yet as on tools like this I like to see them before I buy and nobody has them in stock in my area until now with this press.
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Old 07-24-2019, 09:01 AM
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No takers? Here is a picture.
If you'll go back and read my first reply you'll see that I have a very old Bonanza Co-Ax that looks very similar, and I LOVE it!

Once you get your dies set you can pop one in, size a single case, then pop it out and slip in the expander die, then pop that one out and slip in the bullet seating die, all to reload a single case in mere seconds.

Mine also has the universal shell holder which luckily works with every caliber that I reload (.308 Win, .45 ACP, .45 Colt, 9mm P, .38 Sp/.357), so I've never had to switch shell holders.

And I love how the spent primers are caught in the removable cup underneath, catching all the debris. I'll admit I've never used their primer set-up, as I've always liked using a hand primer tool, currently the RCBS also with universal shell holder.

I wouldn't trade my Co-Ax for anything!
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Old 07-24-2019, 09:46 AM
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I'm on my second Lyman T-Mag press. Got a killer deal on a new one, and gave the older away, it's still going strong. That said, if I were getting a new one today it would probably be a Redding T7.
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Thanks, it is pretty cool. I replaced the original MDF top with Jatoba (super hard wood), and added a light bar and power strip.

But back to the OP's question, the Forster can probably remove and swap in a new die just as fast as you can rotate a head.

They self center and you can mix and match brands.
I have Redding dies, but a Lee de-capper.

It's also exerts a massive force due to its arm design. I can resize a case with 2 fingers on the handle.

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Nope, you can't remove a die and then swap in a new die as fast as you can turn the turret, would take at least twice as long. Neither is much faster than a Rockchucker.
To really speed things up you need a progressive of some kind.
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Thanks guys, I will have to go back and look at the Bonanza and T Mag. Also I don't think I really said I needed to speed things up to the point that would require a progressive. Just getting a smoother stroke and a easier die change would make it faster and easier for me. The old Herters presses have such a long stroke and always having to mess with shell holders and the adapter would be nice to eliminate.

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Nope, you can't remove a die and then swap in a new die as fast as you can turn the turret, would take at least twice as long. Neither is much faster than a Rockchucker.
To really speed things up you need a progressive of some kind.
Okay, so it takes 2 seconds rather than 1 second to swap dies, but can you also change a complete set of dies for a different caliber that fast? With a Co-Ax you can.

I'm not trying to run down your press set-up, Big Pete. If you only reload for one or two sizes then the progressive works great, but if you want to reload for several different calibers then the Co-Ax is hard to beat, especially with the universal shell holder. It all depends on your personal preference.


Oh, and grg, I think the Bonanza changed to Forester, and now maybe it's made by Frankford Arsenal? They all seem pretty similar.

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So let's explain how you would go about using a Forster press.

The dies just slides in and out only requiring a quick turn of hex nut.
You woud then decap your primers from all of the cases.
Next up would be resizing all of the case's. Maybe just the necks, sometimes the body and necks.
Then off to cleaning.
Then insert a primer which is fast, and 100% accurate depth wise with this press.
Last up would be installing the die for bullet insertion.
Obviously you're not changing dies back and forth for a single case.

So there are only a few super quick die changes.
The nice thing about the Forster is that it collects the spent primers, it self centers the dies, it doesn't require case holders, it has a ton of leverage taking away most of the effort, and probably a couple of things I'm forgetting.

Those are the reasons I picked it.
Other presses certainly can get the job done, but the Forster has a whole slew of cool features.

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I second everything positive which has been said about the Bonanza/Forester co-ax press. Have used one for many years. An additional benefit is very little run-out in reloads if you use the benchrest dies with the floating chamber for seating the bullet.
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I'm the last one who should take on the role of spelling police (I'm famous on another thread for writing Clam instead of Calm when describing the wind), but it's Forster not Forester.

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I'm the last one who should take on the role of spelling police (I'm famous on another thread for writing Clam instead of Calm when describing the wind), but it's Forster not Forester.

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So you are a Chowda head when it comes to spelling?
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