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If you go with the Hornady's Iron Press, suggest purchasing extra Priming Cups and the SSPF Cap (part number 399610 on the Auto Priming System). The SSPF Cap easily breaks since made of pot metal. I broke two during the time I had my Iron Press. Also, the Primer Cups are easily damaged in either the large or small primer cup. I can't remember which one but could be both. Hornady will replace those parts for free, but you'll have to wait for them to be mailed to you.

Also, a couple of other negatives I noticed about the Iron Press. The spent primer collection cup misses a lot of primers when primers are pushed out of the brass. Poor design IMO. And be carefully dropping a tube of primers down the Auto Priming tube. Primers would would either stick in my pickup tube or hang at the plastic fitting at the top of the Auto Priming tube when I pulled the pin to drop the primers. Spilled more than a couple of tubes of primers when using the Iron Press.
 

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If you go with the Hornady's Iron Press, suggest purchasing extra Priming Cups and the SSPF Cap (part number 399610 on the Auto Priming System). The SSPF Cap easily breaks since made of pot metal. I broke two during the time I had my Iron Press. Also, the Primer Cups are easily damaged in either the large or small primer cup. I can't remember which one but could be both. Hornady will replace those parts for free, but you'll have to wait for them to be mailed to you.

Also, a couple of other negatives I noticed about the Iron Press. The spent primer collection cup misses a lot of primers when primers are pushed out of the brass. Poor design IMO. And be carefully dropping a tube of primers down the Auto Priming tube. Primers would would either stick in my pickup tube or hang at the plastic fitting at the top of the Auto Priming tube when I pulled the pin to drop the primers. Spilled more than a couple of tubes of primers when using the Iron Press.
Thanks Ed308. The auto prime system was the frustrating thing about the AP for me. If I get the Iron Press I’ll start with the manual prime model. I really didn’t have any complaints with the Classic, I thought maybe the Iron Press might be an upgrade.
 

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Definitely an upgrade to the Classic. The Auto Prime is a nice feature that really speeds up a boring task. It pumps out quality ammo. But since a single stage, just not as fast as I like which is why I sold mine.
 

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BTW..., MIdway and Graffs has the Co-Ax press in stock.

I guess if you're going to keep a single stage press on your bench, the Co-Ax would be the one to have. I've never owned a Co-Ax press. But everything I've read about it has been nothing but positive and people swear by them. The Co-Ax press would retain more of it's value compared to the Hornady Iron Press. Probably similar to a Dillon (70-80%).

I came close to buying a Co-Ax for loading precision rifle cartridges but decided on Dillon 550 instead. It works great for me since I wanted more speed. I use my 550 similar to a single stage. After prepping and resizing the brass, I'm pulling the handle once instead of 3 to 4 times for each loaded round. So instead of pulling the handle 300-400 times for 100 rounds, I'm priming the brass, dropping the powder (manually via a funnel on the press), seating a bullet and then crimping the bullet (if desired) all with one pull on the handle. Haven't had much of chance to judge accuracy on all the calibers I reload due to limit range time this year. But I like it so far and the loads seem to be just as accurate as what I produced on a single stage press.
 

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Thanks again folks, tough decision, had to buy some glass for my build project, press has got to wait a little while longer.
 

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I'll vote for the Rockchucker because it's what I use, all I've used since I began reloading what, 3 or 4 years ago and It has produced ammo good enough for .21" groups in my Mk12 clone. Having said that, and being very happy I chose the rockchucker, I'll admit to being on the lookout for a Redding T7 turret press. I know someone on here has one listed but I cant grab their attention it seems.
The Rockchucker is a solid choice if you're looking for that first, and maybe last, press. You wont be disappointed.
 

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I have an abundance of presses, 5 metallic ammo and three shotgun presses.

I started on a reloader special 3 and used it enough it now has lots of slop after about 35 years. My second press is a Dillon 550b.

I bought a Redding big boss 2 new and just started using it but also picked up a used rock chucker and a lightly used Forster co-ax.

The co-ax is very slick but I still use a regular single stage for depriming and the odd bullet pulling with a Forster collet type puller. Both are better suited to me on a O style press and certainly not the Dillon.

The Dillon sits on a Dillon mount. I have an in-line brand mount with bases for the co-ax, the big boss and my heated lead bullet luber.


You will be happy with any of the co-ax, big boss or rock chucker. Big boss and the co-ax handle spent primers well.
 

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Getting close to panic mode buying here on the Big Island. Gunshop sold their last Iron Press kit and would special order. Good thing for Amazon Prime, out of the kits, ordered the IP manual prime, auto prime upgrade, micro-adjust seating stem. Ordered the Trim-It 2 trimmer with 6.8 and 6.5 Creedmoor cutting dies from Black Widow Shooting Supplies. I still need more tools, but getting much closer.
 

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I been loading on a RCBS Rockchucker and I wouldn't change it. I recently put Inline Fabrication mount and roller handle to raise it while sitting. It made a world of difference. Progressive presses goes to Dillon IMHO
 

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I've been using a rockchucker for45 years. In fact I have two of them now. The only complaint I have is the spent primer catcher. I pick up a lot of primers off the floor.
 

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Just about every press I've owned spilled primers on the floor. The Iron Press was the worse. Never found a way to fix it either. The Dillon 550 was also bad about spilling primers. But that is fixable with an expensive after market device.s

I love the 550. If you want a press that loads ammo as accurately as any single stage press and don't want to pulled the handle hundreds more times like with a single stage press, then buy a 550. Cry once, buy once.
 

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I'm so into RCBS that I bleed green! :) But I finally dumped my Rockchucker Supreme due to the primer handling problem. I didn't really think I should have too add more stuff around my press to catch primers. I bought a MEC Marksman & it hasn't missed a primer yet. I saw the spec's on the new RCBS Rebel & they seemed to have follow suite of other mfg's & are using a hollow ram to direct primers in to catcher.
 

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Like other people in this thread have mentioned, the Forster Co-Ax is awesome. There's no need to buy shell holders and the floating die system allows you to swap dies/calibers easily. It also has the built in priming set-up that I don't mind using for plinking ammo where specific seating depths are a non-issue. There's a reason why the Forster presses are often classified as unobtainium
For all my "mass produced" calibers, I've got a Dillon 750 that also offers the capability of loading 6.8 but I choose not to because of the slight movements in the shell plate.
The Forster usually runs about 350 when in stock or backordered from distributors

Forster Co-Ax for precise ammo production
Dillon XL750 for mass ammo (usually up to 223 for me)
If a Co-Ax is impossible to find, the Redding T7 would be my next suggestion


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I have a Dillon 650 with several tool heads. I love the 650 but I have never used a single stage press. I bought the Dillon and learned how to reload on it (with lots of reading of course). I never checked accuracy on the rounds but I mostly plink and am happy with 1-2moa for that. Been looking for a single stage myself, looking like the rock chucker based on everyone’s comments.
 

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I’ve been happy with the Iron Press so far, it’s my third Hornady press(lava took the other two). The CoAx was preferred, didn’t happen. A few spent primers bounced off the chute, not a deal breaker. Mounted using an Inline Fabrication flush mount plate/receiver makes for a solid, stable, quick release press.
 

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For all my "mass produced" calibers, I've got a Dillon 750 that also offers the capability of loading 6.8 but I choose not to because of the slight movements in the shell plate.
The Forster usually runs about 350 when in stock or backordered from distributors

Dillon XL750 for mass ammo (usually up to 223 for me).
I have a Dillon 650 with several tool heads. I love the 650 but I have never used a single stage press. I bought the Dillon and learned how to reload on it (with lots of reading of course). I never checked accuracy on the rounds but I mostly plink and am happy with 1-2moa for that. Been looking for a single stage myself, looking like the rock chucker based on everyone’s comments.
Might want to try loading 6.8 on a Dillon 650 or 750. You might be surprised with the accuracy.

When I bought my 650 around 10 years ago, it was the first press I bought. I knew nothing about reloading and didn't know you weren't suppose to load precision cartridges on a progressive press. With the Dillon powder measure, I get .5 MOA with my ARP barrels and HPBT bullets in .223/5/56, 6.8, .308, TAC6 and some other cartridges. I even use to throw Varget on my .223/5.56.

Dillon's presses produce accurate ammo. I'll eventually move my 6.8 loads over to my 550 with manual powder drop. We'll see if I get even small groups.
 
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