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    Has anyone worn out a loading press?

    Over the years, I'm sure that I've mentioned that I bought my first loading press in 1977 and that it was a used RCBS junior. I still have it and I use it frequently and have never had a problem with it. I keep considering up grading to a higher end press like the Rock Crusher but I can't think of a good reason to do it and today when looking at the latest Natchez flyer, I got the urge again and tried to justify it. I couldn't begin to guess how many rounds I've loaded on it but it's a huge amount and I've always had enough leverage to crush a case if I wasn't careful. I put my dial indicator on the ram with it fully extended to see if it was flopping around and I only had .004" of run-out on the ram! I keep it clean and lubed with graphite and it is still rock solid and I doubt that a new press could do better than that. Have any of you actually worn out a single stage press?
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    Re: Has anyone worn out a loading press?

    After countless thousands of rounds, my second hand Lyman is still going strong (it's loaded enough ammo to wear out 3 rifle barrels and coultless rounds of handgun ammo)
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    Re: Has anyone worn out a loading press?

    I started in 1983 with a new Lee 3 hole turret and it is still the only one I use. Like you I have been tempted to upgrade but can't find the justification to spend money to replace what still works.
    I expect this press will live out my reloading lifetime.

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    Re: Has anyone worn out a loading press?

    My second hand JR2 from 1973 is still working...
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    Re: Has anyone worn out a loading press?

    30 years plus and that Rock Crusher is still running strong.
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    Re: Has anyone worn out a loading press?

    My Chucker is going on 30 years and aside from the paint wearing in places it actually works smoother than when I first bought it. I have a Dillon I bought from a guy who thought he was going to handloading but never pulled the handle once but I still load my bolt gun rounds on the Chucker. In 30 years I couldn't t lol you how many times I pulled that handle but there was a good stretch when I'd load a couple hundred rounds on a weekend easy pre-Dillon ...
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    Re: Has anyone worn out a loading press?

    My Lee 3-hole press is at least 30 years old and still going strong. I've got a couple of RCBS single stage presses, 3 Lyman Luber-Finer setups, and 12, 16, and 20 gauge MEC shotgun presses. The only thing I'm short on is bench space to mount 'em all!
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    Re: Has anyone worn out a loading press?

    Rifle/pistol press----No.
    Mec shotgun press----Yes.
    I wore out a Mec 12 ga. shotshell press, but in its defense, it reloaded several thousand rounds a year from 1977 to 1998 when it gave up and broke. I used to shoot a lot of skeet before the range closed in 2001.
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    Re: Has anyone worn out a loading press?

    .004 run out was probably the original specified tolerance.
    That amount of run out over the length of travel is nothing. If less run out is desired, or necessary, you'd have to fork out $5k for a press.

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    Edit: I build a lot of fixtures that mount to presses, both manual and hydraulic....it's the accuracy of the fixture (read "dies"), that rule. A press can have, and should have, a little slop, but the fixed mounting base and the die itself....not so much.
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    Re: Has anyone worn out a loading press?

    I had a second, possibly 3rd hand RCBS JR press that was made in 1968. I'm pretty sure it was second hand from the previous owner. It was going strong when I gave it to to a guy to get him started in reloading.
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    Re: Has anyone worn out a loading press?

    My first press was an RCBS Jr. I bought it new in 1979 I think. I was working in Malaysia in 2001 when my divorce was final and I never saw it again. However, my youngest son bought a Rock Chrusher during that time and when he went in the Army in January 2006 he gave it to me. I'm pretty sure that the JR would still be cranking out ammo if I still had it and the Rock Crusher will out live me. Both the Crusher and the JR are overbuilt and solid as a rock. You ain't gonna wear either one of em out. They're Bullet Proof, pun intended!!!
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    Re: Has anyone worn out a loading press?

    After 45+ years and several thousand reloads, my CH three holder is still going strong. The only time it malfunctioned wasn't due to wear. It had enough flex that it took me two tries to squeeze 30-30 down to 25-35. I think that with normal care, any quality single stage press should last multiple lifetimes.

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    Re: Has anyone worn out a loading press?

    wore out a few lee hand presses.
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    Re: Has anyone worn out a loading press?

    I have 2 old presses that i got in the early 60s a RCBS and a Lyman also a Dillon 550 i got about 1985, there still going strong, needed to replace a few parts on the Dillon which they shipped at no charge.

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    Re: Has anyone worn out a loading press?

    my first press i bought NIB is a Lee turret.

    the main body where shaft rides is getting sloppy. It still works but there is more play in it than my Pro 1000s i have.

    Since I'm not reloding that much anymore or shooting, it may last my "lifetime".
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    Re: Has anyone worn out a loading press?

    Yet another good reason to never buy Lee products.

    My first press was an RCBS Jr that I used for 25 years before passing it on to a young member here some years back. My current Redding T-7 has been in use for several years now and after many thousands of rifle rounds still looks and functions like new.

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    I'm doing my best to wear out a Lee O press that I bought during the first Clinton administration.


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    Re: Has anyone worn out a loading press?

    I am still loading with a Rock Crusher that I received as a Christmas present in 1965 and it works as well now as it did then...........robin
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    Re: Has anyone worn out a loading press?

    I started out with a used Lee single stage press about 25 years ago. I used it a couple of years and then bought a Lee Classic 4 hole turret press that I've used since. That turret press has loaded maybe 50,000-75,000 pistol rounds and several thousand .223 to 30-06 sized rifle rounds and it still is going strong.

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