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RCBS Turret
« on: November 07, 2013, 04:52:50 pm »
Christmas is just around the corner and no one buys better gifts for me than me.

I got an ad in my email for this:

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/626633

and would like the learned forums opinions, input, helpful suggestions, and derisions (some people can't help themselves  j/k)

The sale is over on the 13th, but I like to shop early, anyways.

Thank you for your time and hopefully your input.
My primary reloading focus (in order) will be .45acp, 5.56/.223, .243, and perhaps 12ga.
Missouri"You can only fight the way you practice"  - Miyamoto Musashi

Diapers and politicians should be changed often. For the very same reasons.

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    Re: RCBS Turret
    « Reply #1 on: November 08, 2013, 01:47:01 am »
    Christmas is just around the corner and no one buys better gifts for me than me.

    I got an ad in my email for this:

    http://www.midwayusa.com/product/626633

    and would like the learned forums opinions, input, helpful suggestions, and derisions (some people can't help themselves  j/k)

    The sale is over on the 13th, but I like to shop early, anyways.

    Thank you for your time and hopefully your input.
    My primary reloading focus (in order) will be .45acp, 5.56/.223, .243, and perhaps 12ga.

    Do you currently have any reloading equipment?  If so you don't need the kit.  I have never used the RCBS turret press, but I do use an older lee turret press.  I find it faster than my Rockchucker.  I like the ability to have all the dies set, and just rotate the head and do batches.  I do use a hand prime tool.   I have not found a machine based priming system that I like.  I have not bought much of my equipment new, I have found most of mine through friends who had upgraded or got out of the hobby.  Or at garage/estate sales, that is where real saving can be found.

    This set up will load all the calibers you are interested in except for the 12ga.  That requires specialized, dedicated equipment.
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    Re: RCBS Turret
    « Reply #2 on: November 08, 2013, 05:52:16 pm »
    I have no equipment.  Starting from scratch.

    Thanks.  I'll keep looking around, but any type of reloading equipment around here is few and far between and disappears fast.
    Missouri"You can only fight the way you practice"  - Miyamoto Musashi

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    Re: RCBS Turret
    « Reply #3 on: November 08, 2013, 08:47:23 pm »
    My mom and wife like to garage sale.  Dad and I stay at home and they call us if they see something they think one of us might want.  I have not had much luck at Pawn shops, but occasionally you find a place with a bunch of stuff.  There is a shop in Juneau that has tons of used reloading stuff.  Not that that helps you.

    One of my buddies found a good deal on kits at Sportsman's warehouse.  There are deals out there so keep looking.
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    « Reply #4 on: November 08, 2013, 11:10:28 pm »
    Thanks!
    Missouri"You can only fight the way you practice"  - Miyamoto Musashi

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    Re: RCBS Turret
    « Reply #5 on: November 09, 2013, 09:45:58 am »
    I don't have the RCBS turret, but do have another brand.  Once you get each station set up and your dies adjusted, you can move along pretty fast - much better than a single stage, but not progressive quick.  Make sure the die plate is very rigid and does not flex. Turret presses are inherently "C" style rather than "0" style that completely surrounds the die. My press is out of production, but the die plate is one inch thick machine tool steel.

    Some of the turret presses I see in the stores seem pretty light and flimsy.  Didn't look at brands, though.  The Hornady one looked pretty good and has quick load "thingies" that let you change your die setup faster.  They even make adapters to run that on standard presses, so that's why I was looking.
    Mississippi"When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are safe"  Words of Jesus, Luke 11:21 (ESV).

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    « Reply #6 on: November 09, 2013, 11:55:54 am »
    Every time I get to looking at this (reloading), I'm feeling overwhelmed by choices and ignorance (mine).

    Thanks for the input.
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    Re: RCBS Turret
    « Reply #7 on: November 09, 2013, 01:24:54 pm »
    It's not as hard as it might seem. If it seems intimidating, watch a YouTube video or two, then maybe just start with a single stage Rockchucker kit or Hornady Lock-N-Load Classic kit.  Both are strong "O" presses, and each kit has the basics to get you started.  Of the two, I'd go with the Hornady.  They should be priced about the same.

    You may never need to move to a turret press or progressive loader.  If you do upgrade later, that "O" press can be used for certain heavy operations where super strength is needed, or it can be easily sold.

    Either basic kit should be around $350 or a bit less.  Dies are extra.

    Here is one of scores of videos on the basis process and equipment:

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?autoplay=1&v=0otDR2Cr5wg&desktop_uri=%252Fwatch%253Fv%253D0otDR2Cr5wg%2526autoplay%253D1
    « Last Edit: November 09, 2013, 01:50:18 pm by Mississippi556 »
    Mississippi"When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are safe"  Words of Jesus, Luke 11:21 (ESV).

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    Re: RCBS Turret
    « Reply #8 on: November 09, 2013, 04:17:22 pm »
    Every time I get to looking at this (reloading), I'm feeling overwhelmed by choices and ignorance (mine).

    Thanks for the input.

    One thing to remember is that reloading is a hobby all on its own.  I progressed from shooting, to shooting and reloading, shooting reloading and bullet casting, to now very little shooting.

    When I started I was very nervous about what I did not know.  I did not have internet, so read the manuals and some magazine articles.  It is a fiddly hobby, if you aren't a detail person it might not be the best hobby for you.  I really enjoy it, but it is a time consuming hobby.  It is all about the thousandths.  The hardest part for me was learning what the proper die setup should look like.  Even following the directions I ruined several rounds getting the set up right.

    What ever kit you buy, add a set of micrometers.  I bought mine at Costco, don't need to be real expensive, but I like metal ones better than the plastic ones. 

    Also get a couple of different reloading manuals first and read the how to sections.  The books are $25 or so and it can give you an idea if you want to invest the time and money before you buy equipment.
    Alaska

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