Most accurate single stage press - and why?

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Most accurate single stage press - and why?

Post by Flatliner » Sat Jun 19, 2021 1:26 pm

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I am toying with the idea of adding a new single-stage reloading setup to the shop. All else being equal, what is considered the most accurate setup and why. I have never played in the world of bench rest so chasing that kind of stuff is new to me. I DO have the ability and a lab radar, just wondering for a press itself, what is considered the 'best'.

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Re: Most accurate single stage press - and why?

Post by manac » Sat Jun 19, 2021 4:59 pm

I think all the full size top tier company’s presses are considered pretty good.
For BR your getting into case prep, high end dies, powder measures, bullets etc.

I run a RCBS Summit with a set Forster 308 dies for my hunting Savage.
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Re: Most accurate single stage press - and why?

Post by rebel » Sun Jun 20, 2021 10:49 pm

Harrell's precision is nice if you are looking for portability as well. The powder dropper is phenomenally accurate. That being said, you can load up just as good a case on a RCBS Rockchucker.
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Re: Most accurate single stage press - and why?

Post by gds » Mon Jun 21, 2021 8:07 am

While a good press is important. For consistent accuracy is going to come down to case prep, using same manufacturer and weighing each and trimming consistently. Bullet consistency, Consistent powder drop and consistent primer installation.

I am a cheap man, most of my reloading stuff is made by Lee. I can and do produce pretty consistent rounds from it. However, I also don't do bench shooting and long range shooting. I think that there are reloaders out there like rebel that could take my Lee equipment and produce some tack driving long range rounds, that could win competitions.

But other types of reloading tools are going to have a better reputation for good long range bench rest shooting.

There is no reason you can't take a hornady, or RCBS single stage and good high quality tools and make some great bench rest loadings.

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Re: Most accurate single stage press - and why?

Post by dellet » Mon Jun 21, 2021 9:20 am

Best will be somewhat feature and opinion driven. Redding ultra series and Forster Coax are always at the top, but any good solid O fame press can turn out quality work. What you load can play a difference. I have a 50 year old RCBS JR partner press that can compete with anything out there for repeatability, but the short handle and geometry leave a lot to be desired for leverage on tough cases and the primer collection 70% of the time is the floor or down the ram jamming the primer bar.

Good dies in a bad press work better than bad dies in a good press and I think is where money is better spent.

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Re: Most accurate single stage press - and why?

Post by Regaj » Mon Jun 21, 2021 3:38 pm

I'd add my vote to the consensus that most of the presses out there can build ammo of sufficient quality that the skill of the man wielding the rifle becomes the biggest hurdle. And I'd agree with dellet that dies usually matter more.

Extending that thought (about dies)... I think having the tools to measure, knowing what to measure, when to measure it, and knowing why you'd want to measure it - probably counts for more in building accurate ammo than any press.

That all said, when you've reached that point just this side of nirvana and your groups are the size of a gnat's whisker and you're looking to gain those last few infinitesimal thousandths... there's always the Prazi press https://www.turban-cnc.de/prazipress.

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Re: Most accurate single stage press - and why?

Post by rebel » Mon Jun 21, 2021 8:33 pm

Ultimately, you could spend whatever you want. The key is consistency in your loading practices.Without that, skill with a rifle is out the window. Also, when someone mentions BR shooting it conjures notions of uppity,rich old farts with to much $$$.I refer to BR shooting as a method, not a class of shooters. Sometimes those lines get blurred, but I believe the OP is referring to method. He can correct me if I am wrong.
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Re: Most accurate single stage press - and why?

Post by Flatliner » Sat Jun 26, 2021 8:46 pm

Thanks all, very busy week, didn't mean to vanish. I appreciate the input.

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Re: Most accurate single stage press - and why?

Post by Shootingstar » Sat Jul 03, 2021 7:59 pm

Idk but the one I made, 'the locomotive', has a Lyman 8 station turret, a 1.375" dia ram, weighs in at 60lbs and cost me less than $100.

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Re: Most accurate single stage press - and why?

Post by BobinNC » Wed Jul 07, 2021 1:41 am

Here you go. I've heard this is the best and most accurate. But it costs $$$

https://ultimatereloader.com/2019/02/10 ... -overview/

I myself is still using a pair of CH4D "H" style reloading presses; a Magnum (1 hole) and a 444 (4 Hole). Both are over 30 years old.

The Magnum is no longer made, but the 444 lives on.

https://www.ch4d.com/products/equipment/presses/044000

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