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Reloading Press Life Span? #3841350
01/19/23 08:00 PM
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Cheaha Offline OP
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How long is a press expected to last? What usually fails and what are the signs of a worn out or failing press?

Just wondering because I'm still using a Rockchucker of unknown age that I acquired in 2008. I load for hunting and plinking, not concerned with benchrest accuracy, but I do like tight groups and reliability. Sometimes I wonder if I am missing out and should upgrade.

Re: Reloading Press Life Span? [Re: Cheaha] #3841398
01/19/23 08:49 PM
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A single stage I don't think you can wear out mine is close to 30 years old and has loaded ain't no telling how many rounds.
I don't think the actual press has a relation to accuracy, dies, die adjustment, powder measuring, that's a different story.

Re: Reloading Press Life Span? [Re: Cheaha] #3841443
01/19/23 09:27 PM
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Thanks AR1220. Good to know, that's a long service life.

Re: Reloading Press Life Span? [Re: Cheaha] #3841458
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It's very hard to wear out a press


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Re: Reloading Press Life Span? [Re: Cheaha] #3841484
01/19/23 09:53 PM
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bought my RCII in '87. Still going strong. Another used RC - same. And an older Baer - prob '50's - Ditto!

Re: Reloading Press Life Span? [Re: Cheaha] #3841561
01/19/23 11:28 PM
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Keep it clean and lubricated and it will last a lifetime.


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Re: Reloading Press Life Span? [Re: AU338MAG] #3841874
01/20/23 12:58 PM
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Originally Posted by AU338MAG
Keep it clean and lubricated and it will last a lifetime.


Yep. I've got a Rockchucker I bought in 2007 that I know is from the 80s. Take it apart from time to time to clean the soot from spent primers off and give it a light coat of oil to moving parts. Doubt I'll ever wear it out.

Re: Reloading Press Life Span? [Re: Cheaha] #3841887
01/20/23 01:15 PM
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Lyman orange crush from 1990 I brush the dust oil the ram and it still works. Have a loading buddy still using his grandpa's Rcbs from 1972.


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Re: Reloading Press Life Span? [Re: Cheaha] #3842037
01/20/23 04:23 PM
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Dang, I wish they still built appliances like they do reloading presses.

Re: Reloading Press Life Span? [Re: Cheaha] #3842736
01/21/23 05:58 PM
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My Rock Chucker is from the early 90s and still going strong.

Re: Reloading Press Life Span? [Re: dave260rem!] #3842802
01/21/23 07:42 PM
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Originally Posted by dave260rem!
Lyman orange crush from 1990 I brush the dust oil the ram and it still works. Have a loading buddy still using his grandpa's Rcbs from 1972.

This is the one I have. Loaded lots of bullets with it


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Re: Reloading Press Life Span? [Re: Cheaha] #3845577
01/25/23 04:51 PM
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I've been running a Rock Chucker for over 40 year and loaded 10's of thousands of rounds and it is still going strong!


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