What to get first...neck turning lathe or Hydro press?

Discussion in 'Reloading Forum (All Calibers)' started by MikeMcCasland, Nov 29, 2019.

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What comes first?

  1. Neck turning lathe

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  2. Hydro Press & dies

    8 vote(s)
    23.5%
  1. MikeMcCasland

    MikeMcCasland Gold $$ Contributor

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    Hey guys,

    I've got most of the reloading 'cool guy gear', but I'm lacking in both neck turning and arbor seating w/ a pressure gauge. I technically have a neck turner (RCBS), however the cutter is secured by a set screw, and is kind of difficult to get consistent cuts...as a result, I don't mess with it for match brass.

    I was thinking about taking advantage of the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale 21st has going on...so...what do you feel would result in more points in MR/LR comps? One of their powered turning lathes, or a hyrdo press?

    Thanks!
     
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  2. BP1

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    Neck turning lathe ..
     
  3. chromatica

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    I vote for neck turning lathe. I'm using the 21st century system and I am very impressed. The cutter can be adjusted with .0001 increments. The cutter housing floats in a shock mount arrangements so that the mandrel can follow the orientation of the neck. After sizing again, I am getting run outs of .0005 (half a thou). Can't say enough about this product!
     
  4. MikeMcCasland

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    Pulled the trigger. Looks like we'll be turning some necks.

    Thanks guys.
     
  5. ckaberna

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    Lathe, or go with a PMA turning setup.
     
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  7. Ranger007

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    +1 on Benchrite
     
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  8. MikeMcCasland

    MikeMcCasland Gold $$ Contributor

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    The benchright looks pretty slick, but went with the 21st century powered unit.

    I'll grab the hydro in a couple of months, and then my barbie dreamhouse collection will be complete
     
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  10. Dud

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    If you are neck turning to control neck thickness, sizing the neck to control tension and I assume annealing to control how springy the neck is, I'm not sure I would want to know how much the seating pressure is varying. The feel of seating by hand should let you identify the outliers of seating force. I don't think you need a number for that.
     
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    - Hey, Coleman.
    - Yes.

    What about lunch?
    The lobster or the cracked crab?

    - What do you think?
    - Can't we have both?

    Why not?

    - Dimitri.
    - Sir.

    - Lobster and cracked crab for everyone.
    - Extra prima good, Mr Coleman, sir.
     
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  12. F Class John

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    ^ ah back when they could actually make great movies......

    And don’t forget, it was the dukes it was the dukes it was the dukes!
     
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  13. BP1

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    Negative...I say that every time I get the latest and greatest...the $hit never ends.
     
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  14. Bc'z

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    Nope never!
     
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  15. Webster

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    It helps but you cannot buy results. Most people try but they never get near the top. Personal skills at the range rule.
     
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  16. MikeMcCasland

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    I'm not trying to buy results. I'm trying to buy additional consistency on target (in a zero wind condition), which theoretically neck turning and/or hydro-seating will provide.

    I know and shoot with a lot of 'top talent' shooters. You don't find much cheap gear on their bench. They certainly aren't buying the results, but I suspect it would take a hefty sum of money for any of them to willingly convert to an 'all Lee' bench. ;)

    Thinking that through, that would actually be hilarious to watch. Lee should partner up with Nosler & Ramshot to sponsor an F-Class team.
     
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  17. Bc'z

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    Mmmmmm
    Didn't you just win a shoot in Louisiana?
    Which leads me to believe your shooting just fine.
     
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  18. MikeMcCasland

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    Yeah. I was all excited about that too.

    Score sheet came out a week later; turns out I was the only TR guy there that day. The other bipods I saw were open guys. LOL!

    So...here we are...;)
     
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  19. WIB3

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    I guess the answer to you question revolves around time. You can turn case neck’s very accurately with a hand held K&M neck turner with a cordless drill. Granted the 21’st might be faster and just as accurate. But the hydro- press will show you more. It takes me 2 months to turn 300 cases. 4 hrs every night. This is what you do over the off season.
     
  20. WIB3

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    The neck turning lathe, with the power head and all necessary hardware will run you +\- $700, the hydro press is 350-400.
     

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