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Location: Seattle, WA
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I'm new to reloading and just bought a used press off ebay. It is a CH press. Does anyone know anything about CH? It looked to be in fairly good condition. I only paid 11 bucks for it. I also bought a couple RCBS 7MM weatherby magnum dies for 5 bucks. Will the RCBS dies work in the CH press?? Also bought some 7mm WM 140 grain spitzers-are they any good???Hopefully I havent made any bad mistakes already-oh well, at least they were cheap mistakes if I did. Please let me know, so I can stop any possible insanity.

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I'm not sure about a CH press, but for $11 you can't go wrong. as far as dies fitting in presses, most dies and presses are interchangable. Just wait until you get the press and the dies and see if the dies will screw in the top of the press, if they don't I would recomend replacing the press because hornady dies are the standard threading and you would be better off with a press that will fit almost all dies.
It sounds like you are just getting started with reloading. A lot of people start to save money and then most continue for other reasons. This is the URL to my profile. once logged in click on "User Attachment Contol Panel and you can download my ammo cost calculator for reloading. it is a Excel Spreadsheet in Zip format. then just look at a website like midway and find the bullets and the brass you would like to use and enter in the order cost for each and the ammount in the order. then look up some reloading data on the net and find out how much powder you will probably use in each shell and enter that weight in the grey powder row.
you'll be supprised at how much you save for some ammo it can be 75% savings

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Hi there, you will enjoy reloading if you get the right equipment in your hands. I do not know anything about the CH, but what you should look for is a Dillon. Best progressive loader made with a lifetime, no questions, no BS warranty. The RL550 is the most popular.

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If your just getting started in reloading for yourself. RCBS has kits you can buy, that include eveything you would need except dies, shell holder and the components for the round, at very reasonable prices.
If you want the best, money can buy. Go with a Forester press.

The first thing you should be doing is reading about reloading. Learn how to set up the bench. How to store the components and adjust the dies. Never assume anything comes properly set or adjusted. Check your scale to make sure it's measuring accurately. Read until you understand.
I don't know about you but, I like having eight fingers, two thumbs and a face with two eyes.
Learn how to store the components
Never put any component on the bench that you are not using for that particular load.
Clean and check your scale with some frequency.
Don't mix powders.
Don't put a heavier bullet in a powder charge meant for a lighter bullet.
Don't load maximum loads out of the gate. Work up to them. You may or may not be able to exceed the maximum. The most accurate load is, more often than not, reach before the maximum is.
Always keep the components in a dry and dark environment. Cabinet, drawer, etc...Powder and primers will keep for a long time if stored properly.
Read until you understand.

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Another pointer is that your rifle's velocity at a particular load may differ from that shown in a reloading manual with the same load. In fact, I'd say they will.

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just get your self a reloading manual and read the whole thing before you start. pay special attention to any warnings, the parts about pressure signs, different types of powders; different types of bullets and bullet weights. "same weight bullet by a different manufacturer can create heavier or lighter pressure than another, so never guess. just read your manual over thourally. and if you still can't remember everything, read it over again until you have it in your head all the little things to be careful about

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Is the RCBS Rockchucker II any good???for $60.00????

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Rockchucker is a very good press. It was the first one I bought. It doesn't take up much space. I still use mine.

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Location: wis.
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C&H press

The C&H press is a good press. It is almost identical to the RCBS press. The C&H Company was orginally from Owen ,wis. The owner Tony Sailor designed that press. The company was sold to an outfit out East and I haven't heard about it since.

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Well I learned something about this C&H. Good to know, had not heard of them before....

Look into lee as well. They tend to be less expensive and are of good quality.

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Just a little tip for ya!

Bolt your press to a suitable board( 2" x 10" about16-18 long and used a couple of "C" clamps to secure to your table/bench. This way you can take it to the camp,buddies house etc any time you wish..

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