Originally Posted by gvcandyman
I am new to guns but have become interested reloading. What presses do you think are the best for a beginner? What else I need to get? Thanks for all your help. I love getting all this good advice from you guys.
The question you are asking is a horse of many colors. It depends on what you want to do. How many cals do you want to reload? Are you going to do just pistol, just rifle, or both? And of course what volume of reloading? And of course the biggie... how much can you afford?
If your just going to do one or two cals and only shoot 100-200 a month then a simple C clamp single stage would be the cheapest way to go. However as your volume of shooting goes up, then you would want something a bit faster to use such as maybe one of the Lee 4 hole turret systems. Someone would find these more than capable of doing the 200-300+ a month they are shooting.
Now if your going out say a couple of times a month and shooting 250-500 rounds each time you will need something capable of doing that volume. For this type of reloading i would always recommend a Dillon 550B system. This press will do 250-300 per hour with no problems and will do all cals in pistol and rifle. A well built press will last you a lifetime, so a little extra spent on a really good system is not a waste.
One little hint i might give is purchase the Lee dies for what ever you want to load. Very good dies at half the price of some of the other brands. Another tip is figure out what power you want to use and buy it in 4 or 8 pound jugs, you get a much better price. Same with primers, buy them in 5K lots, saves quite a bit of money over time.
No matter what press you go with read everything you can find on reloading and keep your loads under max and you will have a lifetime of fun instead of having blown guns and missing fingers and eyes.