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Old 01-23-2014, 03:20 PM   #1
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I am currently using an old single stage press to reload all my ammo. It works great, but is slow. I'm spending quite a bit of time loading ammo to just get a single box.

So I want something a little faster. Something that would let me crank out 200-300 rounds an hour if I really want to. So I have two choices. A progressive or a turret. Now before you start suggesting something like a Dillion. I don't have $400-$800 to set aside for a new press. As much as I'd like one, it simply won't be happening any time soon.

I'd like to keep the price under $250 if possible.

I have looked a two presses so far. A LEE Load Master progressive press for about $240, and a LEE Classic turret press for $110. I've heard that the Load Master can be problematic and takes some tinkering ever now and then, so I'm leaning towards the classic since it's cheaper, and more reliable. How many rounds an hour could I realistically expect to get out of a press like that?

BTW, I'm reloading mostly pistol calibers and 223.
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Id say ig speed is a must go progresive press. I use a lyman turret press and if works great for my pistol reloads. I just change the turret and onto another caliber i go. Most progresive presses do the same thing to. Personaly if u do go to a progresive press i think dillions 550b is what im guna get. Never had a chance to try lee presses.

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I use the lee Load master it is a awesome press for me good starter one also.
If money is not an object go with Dylan but for me to lee load master had the best of all worlds.
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About the best I can do on my Lee Turret is 200 an hour for pistol calibers. That is with the cases sized and primed before. I've got my system about as streamlined as I can figure to do it and maintain safety.
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Lee load master is a progressive press
Much faster than the lee turret
Every pull makes a bullet

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FWIW, I've heard both good & bad regarding the Lee Progressive. I've read that they can be fussy, though I have no direct experience however. The one guy I know that has one, likes his. Though he admits that it sometimes requires a bit of fiddling to keep things going correctly. He doesn't really mind though, others looking for a "set up and go" experience might want to look around some more.
Most of the people I know that shoot IPSC and other high volume disciplines, all use Dillon Progressives of one sort or another.
I don't shoot as much as I did just a year ago, so my Lee Classic Turret works well enough, my production is probably about 100 +/- per hour on a good day. However, mine isn't set up as efficiently as it could be.
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I agree the Lee Load Master need some fine tuning occasionally but if your mechanically inclined it's not that big of a deal you just gotta stop and look and see what's going on it is usually something stupid like a primer sideways or something of that nature. I can make about 2 to 3 hundred rounds an hour and that's not Rushing that's just taking my time enjoying the hobby.

Because that is what it is it's a hobby gotta keep that in mind

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I am currently using an old single stage press to reload all my ammo. It works great, but is slow. I'm spending quite a bit of time loading ammo to just get a single box.

So I want something a little faster. Something that would let me crank out 200-300 rounds an hour if I really want to. So I have two choices. A progressive or a turret. Now before you start suggesting something like a Dillion. I don't have $400-$800 to set aside for a new press. As much as I'd like one, it simply won't be happening any time soon.

I'd like to keep the price under $250 if possible.

I have looked a two presses so far. A LEE Load Master progressive press for about $240, and a LEE Classic turret press for $110. I've heard that the Load Master can be problematic and takes some tinkering ever now and then, so I'm leaning towards the classic since it's cheaper, and more reliable. How many rounds an hour could I realistically expect to get out of a press like that?

BTW, I'm reloading mostly pistol calibers and 223.
Brother, if you don't mind tinkering and adjusting that Loadmaster can produce! She'll prrr like a cat laying on a warm window sill.... But she will hiccup now and them.. They're plenty of "you tube" vids to get you through. Plus, I think I have a pretty good sight booked marked that was really helpful when I set mine up.


I will tell you the Lee Classic Turret will also meet your pistol expectations ,esp. if you set up different heads for your calibers, change over is FAST and not complicated. Myself I still load my bulk .223 exclusively on my Lee classic turret Bulk runs of 308 has never been a problem either

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Myself I'd go with the turret if my expectations were 3-4 boxes a loading session ... That's about 1k rounds for every 8/10 hours of loading. How many rounds do you shoot in a session? If your numbers are close then go with the Loadmaster.

When I was actively competing, I was shooting 1500 practice rounds a month
minimum that's why I went with a Loadmaster. Now, I have hand loads that will outlast me LOL.

Good luck on your choice..
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I want to be able to load enough that I can go out and shoot a couple hundred rounds a week, but still build up a decent stockpile. Sounds like the Load Master is the press for me then. I'm mechanically inclined, so a little fine tuning shouldn't be a problem.

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