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Fisherking 10-27-2011 07:51 PM

What Presses
I thought I would start a thread on what reloading presses people started with , are using now and what they would like to get and why.

I started reloading using a Lee aneversery Kit Because it was Cheep to get into reloading, Then I got a Lyman All American Which I realy like Because u can speed up yor reloading. It has 4 positions.
I have ordered but not gotten yet a Hornady AP progressive. I have read a lot about various Progerssives and settled on this one 1 for cost I have read endless reviews and 85% have givin it 5 stars and realy no prtoblems with it. There are a few negative reviews but these are so few that it makes me belive it might be " User Error".
So there are my reloading presses.

fmj 10-27-2011 07:54 PM

I started with and still use a Lee 3 hole turret with auto index....picked it up with .357 carbide dies for $25 :D

lonewolf101 10-27-2011 08:48 PM

Dillon presses are good had 2 so far havnt been let down yet.

willfully armed 10-27-2011 11:30 PM

Started and lived with a Rcbs rockchucker for ten years. Picked up a lee classic turret two years ago.....never once used it.

Dropped the loot a month ago on a Dillon 650, casefeeder, strongmount, roller handle, and bullet tray.

Instead of 100-125 /hr single stage.
It's 150 in ten minutes or so.


JonM 10-28-2011 12:22 AM

i started in the late 80s with a rcbs rock chucker loading for 458 winchester magnum. i still use it today loading 458 30-06. ten years ago i bought a dillon xl650. i love both machines

Rick1967 10-28-2011 01:52 AM

I started with a Lee hand press. Then my wife gave me a Rock Chucker and a bunch of other goodies for Christmas. That was about 3 years ago. This June she gave me a Lee 5000 Progressive. I only use it for .45 ACP. It is a real high maintenance machine. I have to watch it carefuly to make sure it is doing everything it should be. But I am actually pretty happy with it. The whole thing with the dies and powder measure and everything was something like $150.00. But I still use the rock chucker for everything but 45ACP.

wooleybooger 10-28-2011 03:23 AM

i started with a lyman 6-hole a friend gave me when his job moved him out of state. Ive since picked up a lyman single and 2 Lees. one lee is a 4 hole i use for revolver and the other a 3 hole progressive i use for 45acp and 223. the lyman 6-hole i rarely use anymore.

redneckly33 10-28-2011 05:18 AM

I started out all wrong. I bought a Dillon 550. I had never reloaded anything in my life. Boy was it ever tough. I was nervous as a Cat on a hot tin roof. I didn't know what I was doing and trying to watch 6 or 7 different functions at one time. After a bout 2 months I begain to settle down and really got into it. Later I could see the need for a single stage press and bought a Lee. I have advised several people that wanted to make the same mistake I made. Get a single stage first. Learn to reload and then move up if you feel the need.

armsmaster270 10-28-2011 07:23 PM

Started with an RCBS single stage C press.
Now have the RCBS, A Dillon 550B, and a Lyman 3 stage turret.

ron12301 10-29-2011 12:42 AM

Started with a single stage Rockchucker in '84 and am still using it. I shoot mostly bolt rifles so I'm not sure I need a turret or progressive. I'm sure they would speed things up but I kind of enjoy the way I do it now. I do from time to time look at progressive presses, maybe some day.

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