New RCBS Rebel press

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Has anyone been hands on with one yet?

I am thinking about upgrading from my Lee challenger. Between the MEC, RCBS Rock Chucker, and CO-AX. Still leaning Forster, but the new Rebel has me intrigued.
 

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    It honestly doesn’t seem special. The website doesn’t tell you much. I will say I do really really like my mec though all I do is size on it. It really is the smoothest I’ve ever used. I was like you wanting the coax but the more I thought about new lock rings, not being able to use some dies (cam lock puller, Hornady micro seaters), and it never being in stock I got frustrated and bought the mec “used” here for a steal. Now I recommend it to any one looking. Also I’m pretty sure in-line makes quick change plates for it now too.
     

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    It honestly doesn’t seem special. The website doesn’t tell you much. I will say I do really really like my mec though all I do is size on it. It really is the smoothest I’ve ever used. I was like you wanting the coax but the more I thought about new lock rings, not being able to use some dies (cam lock puller, Hornady micro seaters), and it never being in stock I got frustrated and bought the mec “used” here for a steal. Now I recommend it to any one looking. Also I’m pretty sure in-line makes quick change plates for it now too.

    Yea all those are good points. I have 2 other presses, not counting my challenger, a Loadmaster and a Lee APP. I think I could get a bullet puller on the APP to work. But I use a kinetic puller right now anyway. Are the Hornady micro seaters too tall? I currently use forster seaters for my rifle laoding. But im going to possibly be helping a buddy load for his 300prc, and he is going to either get Hornady dies (including a micro seater) or RCBS matchmaker dies. I gotta be honest, I didn't even think of die height when considering the coax.
     

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    Hornady dies are pretty tall. The more I look at the rebel. It just seems like rock chucker with a higher price tag. They said it’s heavier.... who cares. It has tighter tolerances..... in my opinion runout it solved by quality dies not the ram.....has a zerk fitting....... how many dudes has been using the same rk for 40 years. They are reinventing the wheel for 100$+ more than it should cost. If you were set on buying green press I’d go on eBay and by it for 80$
     

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    Hornady dies are pretty tall. The more I look at the rebel. It just seems like rock chucker with a higher price tag. They said it’s heavier.... who cares. It has tighter tolerances..... in my opinion runout it solved by quality dies not the ram.....has a zerk fitting....... how many dudes has been using the same rk for 40 years. They are reinventing the wheel for 100$+ more than it should cost. If you were set on buying green press I’d go on eBay and by it for 80$

    I was actually more set on the forster than anything. But the die height issue has me intrigued. Right now I won't have an issue as I'm pretty much using forster dies, so I guess I'm assuming (maybe incorrectly?) that the forster dies will clear the Coax.

    Are there any other brands that have problems clearing? I also use RCBS dies.
     

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    I was actually more set on the forster than anything. But the die height issue has me intrigued. Right now I won't have an issue as I'm pretty much using forster dies, so I guess I'm assuming (maybe incorrectly?) that the forster dies will clear the Coax.

    Are there any other brands that have problems clearing? I also use RCBS dies.
    My Hornady microtop seaters clear my coax just fine.
    My Forster microtop seaters clear just fine.
    My Redding microtop seaters clear just fine.

    Forster made the change from the short wishbone a looooong time ago.
     

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    My Hornady microtop seaters clear my coax just fine.
    My Forster microtop seaters clear just fine.
    My Redding microtop seaters clear just fine.

    Forster made the change from the short wishbone a looooong time ago.

    Thanks for that info.
     

    Ryridesmotox

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    It honestly doesn’t seem special. The website doesn’t tell you much. I will say I do really really like my mec though all I do is size on it. It really is the smoothest I’ve ever used. I was like you wanting the coax but the more I thought about new lock rings, not being able to use some dies (cam lock puller, Hornady micro seaters), and it never being in stock I got frustrated and bought the mec “used” here for a steal. Now I recommend it to any one looking. Also I’m pretty sure in-line makes quick change plates for it now too.

    Do you have one of the quick change (either Hornady or Lee) adaptors for the mec?
     

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    I have a ton if lee bushings, but I didnt want to get a nice press and then put the bushing system in and make worse ammo. Did you load ammo without the LNL bushing and notice any difference in quality of production?
     

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    I have a ton if lee bushings, but I didnt want to get a nice press and then put the bushing system in and make worse ammo. Did you load ammo without the LNL bushing and notice any difference in quality of production?
    I used my Hornady 6gt sizing die direct thread on it for maybe a hundred rounds the brass had .000-.001 runout. The Hornady bushing is the same. like I said I only size on it, which is arguable that’s where good ammo starts. I will say for the Hornady system there are “tight” bushings And loose ones. I typically pick tight ones for sizing to get more repeatable shoulder bump. Been doing everything else on my lnl ap. I just hate sizing on a cam over.
     

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    I used my Hornady 6gt sizing die direct thread on it for maybe a hundred rounds the brass had .000-.001 runout. The Hornady bushing is the same. like I said I only size on it, which is arguable that’s where good ammo starts. I will say for the Hornady system there are “tight” bushings And loose ones. I typically pick tight ones for sizing to get more repeatable shoulder bump. Been doing everything else on my lnl ap. I just hate sizing on a cam over.

    That's reasonable. I do all my rifle stuff on my single stage now. Part is laziness form switching over, part is because I have a lee loadmaster progressive and it blows a leper's dick for rifle stuff.

    Thanks for the info
     
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    That's reasonable. I do all my rifle stuff on my single stage now. Part is laziness form switching over, part is because I have a lee loadmaster progressive and it blows a leper's dick for rifle stuff.

    Thanks for the info
    I’m assuming that’s a gross dick. Never seen one. Hahahahah
     

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    Has anyone been hands on with one yet?

    I am thinking about upgrading from my Lee challenger. Between the MEC, RCBS Rock Chucker, and CO-AX. Still leaning Forster, but the new Rebel has me intrigued.

    I've also been eyeing the rebel. Tough call. Right now there is an RCBS rebate so I'll be going with that or the rockchucker
     

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    I have heard the new RCBS press has a different way of catching spent primers which is pretty appealing to me. I have a rockchucker in the garage and it’s not uncommon for a primer to pop out and roll across the garage. Not the end of the world in a garage and I’ve heard there are some aftermarket products people have made for it, but something I’m taking into consideration as I build the workbench in the basement and possibly even put a press in a spare room.
     

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    I have heard the new RCBS press has a different way of catching spent primers which is pretty appealing to me. I have a rockchucker in the garage and it’s not uncommon for a primer to pop out and roll across the garage. Not the end of the world in a garage and I’ve heard there are some aftermarket products people have made for it, but something I’m taking into consideration as I build the workbench in the basement and possibly even put a press in a spare room.

    Yeah I think they drop straight out the bottom so you can just put a trash can under your bench
     
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