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I am looking to start to reload 45ACP, 9MM, and possibly 357 Sig. What is the best machine out there that I can get that I dont have do a lot to it. I dont want to spend a lot of time replacing dies.. Thanks!
 

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I have a hornady single stage press. So that means I have to change out dies

Why didnt you go for the more progressive machine? I know ... "Cheap"! LMAO!! :D
 

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If you have never reloaded a progressive press will be a trip into the unknown. The little Lee 4 hole turret with removable tool heads would worth looking at. The weak point on this machine is the very small plastic advance bushing. The press can be advanced by hand as well.:)
 

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If you have never reloaded a progressive press will be a trip into the unknown. The little Lee 4 hole turret with removable tool heads would worth looking at. The weak point on this machine is the very small plastic advance bushing. The press can be advanced by hand as well.:)
Now that sounds like a plan to me. Can you add-on if you want to later?
 

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I have no use for a progressive. I am manufacturing small loads and want to be very precise. A single stage forces me to do just that
Thanks for your insight ... I appreciate it!
 

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I have a Hornady progressive with case feeder. I only run handgun calibers thru it. Most of the time it's .45acp. Very little problems. Looking to add the bulletfeeder to it soon. If it's in your price range I would definitely recommend it.
 

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The standard turret presses are in effect 4 position single stage loaders. Only one function is performed from a stroke. On a progressive each stroke performs 4 functions.

The turret can on some presses advance and lock by stroke. Some are manual only. The turret allows a completed round without a constant change out of dies. The LEE allows all your dies and powder charger to remain in the tool head. All that is needed for a change out is a shell holder. A 1/4 turn on the tool head and go. The primer feed is a drop in if you need to change sizes.
The LEE is a budget priced product. The Classic turret however takes less tuneing than some more expensive units. The primer feed can be a PIA.:)
 

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The Lee Breech Lock Challenger Press would let you stay with a cheap single stage press that will let you change dies with ease. Once the dies are set up in the bushing, it only takes a 1/6th turn to remove the die or put it back in. Its the same setup as my Breech Lock Hand Press, an even cheaper option. I like my hand press and have done all of my 45 auto on it, even after getting set up on a single stage.
 

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I just started loading on a lee classic turret. The primer feed can be a pain, but I am extremely happy with it. I did buy a hornady lock and load powder drop. The lee ones didn't do it for me.
 

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I also just got a Lee 4 Turret. Very happy with the press so far. Easy to setup and I haven't bought the auto prime. I picked up a handprimer. The Lee powder drop on mine has been very accurate. I'm using Bullseye powder. I have heard that different powders will give different results.
 
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