Looking to buy Progressive Press for 45acp.

Looking to buy Progressive Press for 45acp.

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    Looking to buy Progressive Press for 45acp.

    I am in the market for a progressive press for 45acp, 9mm, 38sp and 223, just wondering where to start. I have an old Lee 3 position turret press so I do have some experience with reloading pistol and rifle cartridges.


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    I got a Hornady Lock'n'Load 5-station progressive from Midway 6 weeks ago for under $400. A friend just spent the same for a Dillon 550 which has 4 stations, and doesn't auto-index. I'm completely new to reloading so I've been going slowly, but I'm very happy with the press and the ease of swapping dies out. Lee also has a progressive, but I think it's a distant third choice.

    I'm particularly fond of the Hornady powder measure which is case-activated. No case under that station, no powder is dropped.
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    if you have the room...keep the 3-hole for 223 and get a Dillon square deal d for 400 rpm of pistol only.

    the L&L 2 years ago with a 1000 free rounds was a great price. today it is still in the pack but a Dillon 650 may serve you better.
    if there is someone who teaches re-loading in our area perhaps they may be able to give you some hands on with their various machines.
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    I have a Dillon 550 and reload everything you list and a few more,the manual advance works great for newbies since you can check every step and backup if need be,I added the case feeder and can crank out ammo pretty quick,the 550 casefeeder only handles handgun cases,the 650 will feed rifle cases,Dillons also hold their value.
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    This link from GT has a pretty good rundown on progressives,
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    buy a dillon it worth the money I have a 550

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    Man, I wish you lived near me. I have a complete .45 acp progressive setup, which works great. Been in the attic for 20 years. I'd basically give it to you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chevy-SS View Post
    Man, I wish you lived near me. I have a complete .45 acp progressive setup, which works great. Been in the attic for 20 years. I'd basically give it to you.
    Don't you shoot anymore? Thank for the offer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MichSteve View Post
    Don't you shoot anymore? Thank for the offer.

    I shoot, but nowhere near as much. Back then, I was shooting IPSC, burning through 500+ rounds/week practicing. I was reloading my own .45's, and casting bullets from old wheel weights (free from local gas stations). I had my total cost (primer and powder) down to less than five cents per round. It was pretty cool to go blow off 200 rounds and still be less than $10 cost for the session!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichSteve View Post
    I am in the market for a progressive press for 45acp, 9mm, 38sp and 223, just wondering where to start. I have an old Lee 3 position turret press so I do have some experience with reloading pistol and rifle cartridges.

    MichSteve,

    Here's a chance for you to get a great press at a bargain-basement price. I got my RCBS stuff down from the attic and cleaned it up a little bit. Now that I have it down from the attic, it is in my way, so I am gonna sell it immediately. It's a RCBS 'Green Machine' Progressive reloading press in .45 ACP. I bought it in 1984 and used it for maybe three years, somewhere around 5,000 to 10,000 rounds reloaded. It works awesome.

    EDIT: Press is sold.

    I'm liquidating this press for $100 plus shipping costs (UPS). Shipping weight is 27 lbs and I live in zip code 02842 (Middletown, RI). Pics 1 thru 5
    The press is 100% complete. The pistol powder measure rotors and other items, which are shown in the next-to-the-last pic, are included with the press.

    For an extra $50, I will throw in the RCBS Lube-a-Matic II, set up for .45 with a .451" sizing die. (shipping weight 8 pounds). Pic 6



    You can download an owner's manual for the press here

    You can download an owner's manual for the luber here


    Here's some pics:
    PIC 1

    FULL-SIZE Pic here: http://www.csgbenefits.org/press1.jpg

    PIC 2

    FULL-SIZE Pic here: http://www.csgbenefits.org/press2.jpg

    PIC 3

    FULL-SIZE Pic here: http://www.csgbenefits.org/press3.jpg

    PIC 4

    FULL-SIZE Pic here: http://www.csgbenefits.org/press4.jpg

    PIC 5

    FULL-SIZE Pic here: http://www.csgbenefits.org/press5.jpg

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    PIC 6 - For an extra $50, I will add this RCBS Lube-a-matic II to the lot:

    FULL-SIZE Pic here: http://www.csgbenefits.org/rcbs-luber.jpg


    First guy that says he wants it will get it.
    EDIT: Press is sold.

    Thanks, Dave
    Last edited by Chevy-SS; June 6th, 2011 at 08:06 PM. Reason: Added pic with extra parts and added LUBER
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    I am interested if michsteve doesn't want it

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    Quote Originally Posted by azchevy View Post
    I am interested if michsteve doesn't want it

    Sounds good, it's yours if MichSteve doesn't want it. Just waiting to hear from him.

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    I am very happy with my Hornady LNL progressive. I've got die sets for .380, 9mm, .38spl, .45ACP, and .308Win. I really like the auto indexing as compared to a comparably priced dillon that you have to index yourself.

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