Looking at switching to progessive-ish reloader

Looking at switching to progessive-ish reloader

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    Looking at switching to progessive-ish reloader

    I had (sold it last summer) been reloading pretty much everything with my lee challenger (probably done 20k rounds through it)

    I regret it when I quit reloading, I miss having custom 45 loads and 30 loads.

    Been looking at a turrent or a progressive type reloader but get so confused on how incomplete info is on them on what you need, been 10 years since ive toyed with buying one....its time.


    I think for my needs a turrent type would be fine being as im use to going slow anyway, I now am shooting 223 and plan on getting an old mauser again and reloading anything with decent quality is my only option there.


    I'm thinking about the lee 4 hole turrent, but I find that my challenger is kinda whimpy on large rifle rounds.


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    For anyone not looking to crank out mountains of ammo, a single-stage press is hard to beat. If you're a shooter that goes thru 500-600 rounds a weekend, then a progressive is definitely the way to go. I look at turrets as an inbetween of the two--not as fast/not as slow.
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    Not so much as mountians, but I don't like hand priming and I like to rathole ammo.

    I shoot about 300-400rds of ammo when I hit the range, but now the wife is shooting im sure that will increase...after looking at that video of the lee turrent working I was pretty excited about those after seeing it.

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    Got a DIllon 650 for my my handgun reloads. I love it. Friend has a lee and we have tried each others out. Just user preference. Use single press for .308

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    $199 seems like a rock solid deal to me..

    Classic Turret Press Kit - FS RELOADING

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    I reload with A Dillon 550,I have a case feeder on it but the 550 case feeder only does pistol rounds,for 223 I feed em one at a time.The 550 is manual advance which means you turn the shell plate manually,I had a Lee 1000 first and the primer feed sucked,many primers inserted sideways and some even upside down.I can crank out about 4 - 500 rounds an Hr on my 550 without breaking a sweat
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    Buy a dillon it worth it what a great press
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    Quote Originally Posted by vanagonnuts View Post
    $199 seems like a rock solid deal to me..

    Classic Turret Press Kit - FS RELOADING
    I used a single stage for years and they are fine if you don't need high volume. For you needs I think the one you've linked to might do you just fine. Take a look at a similar offering at Kempf's--https://kempfgunshop.com//index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=shop.f lypage&product_id=630&category_id=190&manufacturer _id=0&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=41 --it could be closer to what you need. Of course, there is no problem with the 550 if you have the $ to spend!

    Other items to consider getting started scale and calipers.
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    Looks like that one is a better deal, I'd be getting 1 die but the one from lee comes with a powder scale (big deal its a POS anyway)

    I have scales and calipers already.

    What is this pro auto measure they speak of?

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    My Lee classic turret works great for .223.
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    Dillon

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    My hornady lnl AP can crank out a pretty sizable mound of ammo in a short time. Even loading the cases and bullets by hand.

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    You still have to ride herd on a progressive. When it screws up, it can do it big time. I still single stage rifle and mag pistol rounds, and a good powder dispenser is handy.
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    I don't think i'll get a progressive, I've pretty much made my mind up on getting a turrent now...for the money and amount I shoot, not worth it.

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    I like my Hornady LNL progressive. It self indexes the shell plate like the Dillon 650 when you stroke the handle. All I have to do is insert a piece of brass in station 1, get a bullet ready for seating at station 4, and stroke the handle. Repeat.

    I like the auto indexing because it is a step that doesn't require a specific human interaction to do. The more the machine does for you, the less chance for an error like a double charge or a squib.

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