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Thread: RCBS vs Hornady

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    RCBS vs Hornady

    I've had a look at the old post's but cant find the answer, so apologies if this has been answered.

    I'm looking to start handloading some .243 and am looking at reloading kits: the RCBS's rock chucker kit or the Hornady Lock n load kit, both kits are around 400.00. Can i have some opinion's on which would be best?

    Thank you in advance for your help and constructive criticism!

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    All the Hornady dies I have purchased over the last few years have been defective: 220 Swift, 243, 9.3x57. All had defects that caused me to either order replacement parts and/or quit using them. Based on that alone, I would choose RCBS... tho the last few die sets of theirs I've purchased -tho functional in every way- lacked a degree of exterior finish I'd become used to.

    Why the 'Lock and Load' feature, may I ask? And how many different cartridges will you be loading on that press? A friend and I had a discussion about this the other night and I'm curious as to your reasoning. ~Muir

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    No reason it"s just the kit, the lock n load feature is not needed only have the .243 at the moment. Thanks for the advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dallascorban View Post
    No reason it"s just the kit, the lock n load feature is not needed only have the .243 at the moment. Thanks for the advice.
    Gottcha. It seems that a person needs to look hard to find a press that doesn't have that feature these days. I was looking at Lee's current beast press, the Classic. A heavy iron unit that would eventually tale the place of my old RCBS A2 (should I live long enough to wear it out) and I had to go to the factory to find one that wasn't Lock-n-Load.

    I am not big on the lock and load feature but my friend argued that it might produce better ammunition than a standard press -especially if there is a little give laterally in the locking insert. He based this on Forster's Co-Axial press where the die floats and self aligns with the case as it enters the die. I have one of these Co-Axial presses and it does produce fine ammunition so maybe he has a valid point? I don't know. Worth thinking about though.~Muir

    PS: As a foot note emphasis to my first post, I consider Hornady dies to be total junk. I have racks of reloading dies, and only those three turkeys mentioned above are Hornady. I avoid them like the plague.

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    Only seeing problems with Hornady dies at the Mo'... All my RCBS stuff has never given any cause for concern.
    (The Unspeakable In Pursuit Of The Uneatable.) " If I can help, I will help!." Former S.A.C.S. member!

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    Thanks it does seem like a bit of one horse race, which makes it nice and simple. Thanks

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