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Old 01-08-2014, 07:31 PM   #1
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Considering buying reloading equipment. What is the best bang for the buck without requiring a whole room's worth of space? Is there a setup that can easily reload various calibers?

Calibers that I shoot: .380, .40, .38special/.357, .223/5.56, .30-06, and 12 gauge.

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Old 01-08-2014, 07:39 PM   #2
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You will get all kinds of opinions on the site top of the line is dellon
I started off and still use the lee load master. I do like this press it was a lot cheaper than the dellon
But I feel it was a great choice for a starter press it is a progressive press it will make 1 round per pull of the arm. I don't know of a press that will do shotgun cartridges at the same time though

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Lee Turret for the metallic cartridges. You'll need a seperate press for shotgun. Or a RCBS Rockchucker, Lee Single stage. With that many calibers I would get the Lee Turret as a good affordable press.

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I've been using Lee for many years. I used a single stage press for a long time. They are inexpensive and a good way to learn the basics and hone your skills. Don't go into this reloading every caliber you shoot. Start with the one you shoot most often and get proficient loading it. Then add another and so forth. I'm talking about handgun calibers. As previously stated, the shotgun reload is a whole different setup. The rifle will load a lot like the handgun, but has it's own differences. Just start slow and you'll be fine. Good luck in your new hobby.

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Yeah...I will definitely start slow. Probably with .40S&W because I shoot it the most and have the most guns in that caliber. I just mentioned the other calibers because I want a setup that I can easily change to reload the others in the future without needing to buy a lot of extra equipment.

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Shotgun loading requires totally different gear.

Dillon is the best period.

How much you load and how much tolerance you have for repetitive manual labor determines whether you need progressive or single stage

In the single stage world rcbs I consider the gold standard.

If you have some mechanical ability get a used dillon xl650 in any condition and repair it yourself or you can send it off to dillon for a rebuild.

If your buying new lots of folks like the dillon 550 as a step down from the 650.

I do about 85% of my loading on my xl650.

Loading 1000 rounds of most pistol cases you need to handle each of them 4 times or so bottle neck rifle 5 if your doing single stage that's 4000 to 5000 operations doing it single stage progressives can lower it to 1000 or none if you have a bullet feeder.

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If your reloading from a glock pistol. Make sure you get a bulge buster to debulge the brass.

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The little LEE Turret is a fine small economical press. I would not recommend it for the 30-06 or other large rifle cases. Yes it will work. Some people trust leaky boats. This little press simply does not have the guts for these jobs. Get an RCBS, Lyman single stage.
My choice would be the Dillon line. They have a program where you can buy a basic machine and add to it as you can afford.

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I don't reload in high volume, so I use a single stage press - RCBS Rock Chucker. I've been using the same press for nearly 35 years without any issues.

All in all, RCBS has extremely high customer service - they stand behind their products regardless of age. So, they've gotten my business the old fashioned way - they've earned it.

I try to buy their products whenever possible.

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My opinion on an economical reloading setup is to start with a quality single stage press like the Rockchucker. The best value may be in a basic kit with scale and powder drop. Then I suggest looking into Lee dies and accessories. Lee produces products that just plain work at a very fair price. The machine work isn't highly polished or impressive, but they work! You will no doubt add to your setup as you progress. If you decide to go with a turret or progressive down the road you'll be glad you have the rockchucker as a stand alone for depriming/sizing on bottle neck cartridges.

Let us know what you decide.

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