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What's your reload press

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by svg4, Mar 30, 2010.

  1. svg4

    svg4 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I have an old Lyman single stage and it works fine, but I am thinking that as the cost of shooting goes up, loading becomes more important and the press is the critical element, I might move up. I hope this is not something that has been discussed to death. If so ignore me. If not, it would be interesting to know what everyone around here uses. I am thinking more about Progressives, because most people start on a single. It is the second step up that might be interesting. I think the criteria would be
    :Cost
    :Reliability
    :Attachments available
    :Accuracy
    :Ease of change of Cal.
    :How often does it stop up
     
  2. pencap

    pencap Oregon Member

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    Dillon 650 x 2 and of course a Rockchucker.
     
  3. The Quiet Man

    The Quiet Man rural Washington County, Oregon Active Member

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    I still have my Lyman C press after 42 years of loading. Switched to a Rockchucker as a primary press in the early 90's and have been happy with it ever since. I periodically consider moving to a Dillon progressive but have just never made the move. My highest volume shooting has always been 5.56/223 but I have never loaded for it because, until recently, I could buy bulk ammo for less than I could load it for. I doubt you would ever regret moving to a progressive.
     
  4. SquackDaddy

    SquackDaddy Marion County Member

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    Dillon 550 here. The no B.S. warranty sold me. It fits my needs perfectly, changes calibers quickly, and being a progressive, allows me to spend more time shooting and less time loading. YMMV
     
  5. Intoodeep

    Intoodeep Beaverton, OR Member

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    Dillon 550 and Lee (love the lee)
     
  6. 2506

    2506 Seattle Well-Known Member

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    A Rockchucker, mostly. I have a Lee handpress for when I don't want to be antisocial and Lee classic loader kits for every caliber I shoot. I've got a few that I had made back in the day when you could write them a letter and they'd make it for you, like 338 Win and 244 Rem. Easy to use, not at all speedy, but produce great results.
     
  7. Grizzly_A

    Grizzly_A Portland Metro Area Member

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    You'll find a lot of Blue Dillon guys on this forum. There are several threads regarding progressives.

    I think based on your criteria and how you weigh them I think you'll find that the Lee, followed CLOSELY by the Hornady will be your leaders. From there, I'd say that Dillon has captured the hearts of many progressive reloaders and RCBS comes in after Dillon.

    Given that Hornady throws in 1000 free bullets with the purchase of the press and you can get a case feeder and bullet feeder for it, I think you'd be hard pressed to beat that combination.

    Dillon knows what they're doing and they've been doing it a long time. I don't think you'll go wrong with any of the big three (Red, Green, Blue) you'll just be spending more GREEN for the Blue, which might have you seeing Green...and getting RED in the face.

    There are plenty of reviews on the web and Youtube where you can watch different presses in action and decide which one you want to choose.

    If you choose a Dillon, I know that many people really like Brian Enos' site for ordering as he makes it easy to choose. http://www.brianenos.com/store/dillon.html
     
  8. motoman98

    motoman98 Gresham, OR Active Member

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    Bigger question on what to buy is: How much do you want/need to reload?
    How many rounds per week or month? You need to answer, to procede.
    After years on a single stage, I purchased a Redding turret press that, if I remember correctly, doubled my single stage press output. Very sturdy and accurate and pretty basic. I still use it for my single shots.
    Then I bought a Dillon 450(discontinued) and went to over 300 rds per hour at a comfortable pace. Now a Dillon 550 at 400 plus, and a Dillon (used) RL1000 and close to 1000 per hour.
    A friend of mine has a row of Lee progressives set up for pistol calibers, as they are very affordable and he doesn't like change-overs.
    Pick your medicine, you just have to FEED these things. This game will allow you to spend any amount you are comfortable with!
     
  9. Yankeefan

    Yankeefan Southern Oregon Member

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    I still have my rock chucker for loading my hunting rounds. I use a Hornady Lock n Load for all my bulk reloading. I did a lot fo research before deciding on the Hornady and in the end what sold was that caliber changes were far easier and A LOT less expensive than that of the Dillon. The customer service and warranties are virtually identical so that never had an effect on the decision.
     
  10. bugeye

    bugeye Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Wow, classic loaders, I just can't wrap my mind around hammering cartridges together, something about fear of BOOM! They must work and be safe but heck.
     
  11. sprice37

    sprice37 Albany Oregon Active Member

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    550b
     
  12. 2506

    2506 Seattle Well-Known Member

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    More like tapping them together, but I feel your anxiety. I don't use them for priming since that part to me just seems crazy. But they do a great job of neck sizing and COL.
     
  13. giddyupgo55

    giddyupgo55 Vernonia Active Member

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    I still have my RCBS Junior that I started on 30 years ago, then about 3 years ago I bought a RCBS Rockchucker and 2 years ago I bought a Dillon 650. No regrets on any of them.
     
  14. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I still have and use my Lyman turret press I bought 20+ years ago. Use it for my hunting loads for my rifles, which I load carefully one at a time. For my pistol, revolver and practice rifle loads I use a Dillon RL550B. Can really crank out the rounds on that machine.
    Love 'em both. Good quality never goes out of style.
     
  15. BigBull 301

    BigBull 301 PDX almost Well-Known Member

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    Lyman Spar T that is 33 years old and an RCBS Ammo MAster progressive that is 10 years old. Both still crank it out when needed.
     
  16. BillCh

    BillCh Vancouver Active Member

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    I use my Dillon RL550B to pump out .45, .40, and .357 mag. I use it in single stage mode to do .223 and have some Redding Competition dies set up on it for the .308.
    It seems to do it all just fine.
    Its the only press I've ever had.

    B
     
  17. svg4

    svg4 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Thanks guys, this is really interesting, although it makes the decision harder. One question that I thought of. How accurate are the powder drops. 1/2 Gr. or 1 gr?
     
  18. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Never thought of that. Since I have the "luxury" of having two presses, I just use the Lyman. Might have to try that. Maybe I'll have a turret for sale!
     
  19. BroncoFan

    BroncoFan Eastern Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Hornady LocknLoad AP for pistol and .223. Rockchucker for hunting rounds.
    Love the LnL!
     
  20. BillM

    BillM Amity OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Old Rockchucker for rifle and short run pistol--38-40, 44 mag.

    Dillon 550B for 9mm, 40, 45, 38/357, 38 S&W, 32 ACP and soon 223.