Finally going to get started...but still can't decide what's right for me...
I'll be getting out of the Corps soon, so I won't be living in the barracks...finally I can get started reloading.
I've been doing lots of research, and just about everyone says "start with a single stage press". I thought the Lee turret press would work well for me, since I want to reload .40S&W, .223 Rem, and .308.
I am wanting to reload to save money. My ammo costs are really high, and I also can't always find enough ammo on the shelves at the stores. I once or twice a week, and I like to shoot at least 400 rounds per time. I'm also going to be getting into IDPA, so that's even more ammo to add to my expenses.
This makes me think I will be spending a TON of time reloading with a single stage press. At an average of 50 rounds per hour (and that's once I finally know what I'm doing and get my loads set up the way I like them), it would take me 8-16 hours of reloading per week. I have time, but not that much time.
I think for the quantity of ammo I want to produce, a progressive press would be better suited. From what I understand, you can still start out with just one stage at a time. So would it be better if I just buy a Dillon 550B or XL650 and the dies? What else would I need with a kit like this?
The 650 is 5 station instead of 4 like the 550...what is the 5th station, and why doesn't the 550 have it? What is the powdercheck system?