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RCBS jr3 vs. RCBS partner

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by TrustInFew, Dec 8, 2012.

  1. TrustInFew

    TrustInFew Parkrose, oregon New Member

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    I have a friend back in Boise who is selling two of his reloaders. One is the RCBS jr3, the other is a RCBS partner. I am planning on reloading rifle, and hand gun rounds with the one I pick. My question to you all is..... Wich one of the two should I get? The deal he is giving me is a Mec size master set up for 12 gauge, and either the jr3 or partner (what ever one I pick) and a powder scale all for 200 bucks. So which RCBS loader is gonna be the best? Please help.
  2. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    The JR3 press is by far and away the better press. if for no other reason the JR3 has the priming ability. But its over all a much heavier press.
  3. Otter

    Otter Oregon Active Member

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    Mark is right. The Partner press does have it's appeal though. It is very small and portable and makes an excellent second press for depriming or seating bullets. For FL sizing the larger size of the jr3 is a better choice and if it is going to be your primary press.
  4. marked trail

    marked trail Portland New Member

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    I have the JR3 and it works great for me.
  5. cyclesurvival

    cyclesurvival Vancouver Well-Known Member

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    I have 2 Jr3 presses work great for over 20 years
  6. Greenbug

    Greenbug Bend Well-Known Member

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    The Partner press has priming capability also. I have a Partner and I am surprised at how smooth it is to operate, it definately takes up very little space but still performs most of the jobs a larger press is needed to accomplish. For all around reloading I'd still go with the JR3 if I had to choose between the two.
  7. AMProducts

    AMProducts Maple Valley, WA Jerk, Ammo Manufacturer Silver Supporter

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    As most have said, the JR3 is the stronger of the two presses. however, the partner has a bigger aperture and is easier to get your fingers into and out of. But it doesn't have the same amount of power and leverage. Personally, I would get both if that's an option. If not, are you loading .308 or smaller rifle? go with the partner, if you're loading bigger stuff with lots of body taper like .30-06 or above, go with the JR3. Pistol is about the same on both presses.