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Old 10-31-2009, 08:07 PM   #1
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I shoot .270 weatherby magnum and because of the price of ammo I have decided to reload my own. I haven't been able to shoot as often as I would like simply because of the cost ($85 for 20 commercially loaded cartridges) and if I could I would shoot it a lot more.

My brother currently loads on a RCBS single stage press and it takes him all day to load 75 rounds, and because of this I have been considering buying a progressive reloading press. The trouble I'm finding is that the progressive presses all seem to be tailored more for handgun ammunition. I will be reloading an assortment of ammo, (I own a .38 special, a .44, a .222 remington, a .250 savage, a .270 winchester, a .270 weatherby, and a .300 winchester magnum) and because of this I will need a press that can accomodate cartridges from .38 special through .300 winchester magnum. Does anyone have any experience in the matter or any advice on which press will handle the task?

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Old 10-31-2009, 08:17 PM   #2
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I currently load single stage, have been looking at buying a progressive press for high volume loading.(5.56&45acp primarily)
I will still load my precision rifle ammo on the single stage however because I like to weigh my powder charges. The measures can be very accurate, but the slow burning extruded powder's larger grains used for bigger magnums like yours can have problems with metering correctly.
The step that takes the most time when I reload is weighing charges. I bought a Lyman DPS3 powder dispenser/scale and it has cut my reloading time by more than half.------.02

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The Dillon RL-550 can handle the Weatherby case, but...the RCBS is probably the better choice. The rigors of resizing magnum rifle cases can be problematic on the Dillon. The shell plate does not hold the case as securely as the RCBS. You may experience the occasional sheared off head with the Dillon.
What I do is to not try to do it all in one day. Resize, de-prime, clean primer pockets, trim, inspect and uniform primer pockets one day. Reprime, charge, seat bullets and crimp (if desired) the next. Fatigue from an all day session can lead to dangerous mistakes.

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If you do you will empty your bank accounts and stay broke for ever.

I'm with robo on this one get that 550 b and never look back. If I had the money I would have two 550B set up. One small primer and one large primer.

I don't reccomend starting with a progressive. Never have never will. I say start out with a single stage and take your time learning as you go along. The progressive has a lot of thing going on all at once. It is sizing, priming, throwing powder, seating a bullet and crimping that bullet. This is a lot of things to be paying attition to all at once.

I relaod in stages.

1. clean
2. measure (trim if needed)
3. lube then size and deprime
4. Clean again
5. Hand Prime
6. weigh powder and charge cases
7. Inspect powder level.
8. Seat Bullet


Many times I don't have time to go threw all the steps at one time. I will most of the time toss the brass in the tumbler and then go off and do other things like cook dinner or what ever I need to do. Some times I will bring the clean deprimed and sized brass into the house and prime it while watching the tv.

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I have reloaded before and know how to do it safely. I've been using my brother's and my uncle's presses and both of them are RCBS single stage presses and it takes all day to load 50 or so rounds. My uncle uses a powder measure for the smaller calibers and it does work well but with the magnum it only gets it close and then we use the trickler to get it right.

I've been away from shooting for a while and there's some rust that I gotta get rid of and so I want to go out lots this year to practice. This is why I want to go progressive so that I can shoot more and not spend a whole day to load 50 shells.

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Dillon's are the cream of the crop,but I still use my Lee turret press for all my reloading chores. I always try to have all my brass ready to load so I do alot in stages. I usually clean,lube,and size/trim,priming a bunch one day,and then I can spend another loading them up.
I have all my dies set up in turret plates,so it only takes a few seconds to change calibers on the press,and start loading something else.

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