Post by hornet22savage on Oct 5, 2013 13:54:14 GMT -5
I'm looking to get into reloading and I was wondering what the difference is between the different presses. Single stage, Turret and Progressive and what would you guys reccomend for the first time reloader. I had been looking real hard at the RCBS RockChucker starter kit and Midway.
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My first press was a Rock Chucker. Nearly 40 years later I'm still using it. While I have a Dillon 550 most of my reloading is still performed with the Rock Chucker. I would highly recommend a Rock Chucker for a first time reloader
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I started with a Lee classic cast turret. I use it as a single stage most of the time but is sure is nice leaving all the dies setup and ready to go. Just swap out the turret and your reloading another caliber in seconds.
Post by ronlaughlin on Oct 12, 2013 8:18:20 GMT -5
One thing that can get kinda irritating is the spent primers from fired brass, if they fall on the floor. If i were purchasing a new press, i would examine how the different models contained the fired primers. The press i have just has a little 'box' that is supposed to catch them ejected primers, but about 1/4 of them aren't caught. Perhaps there is no sure answer to spent primer capture, but it sure would be nice if there were. My press sure works good, and it is pretty too, but i wish it knew how to catch spent primers better. It is a Redding Boss, and it has worked good for many years, but.............. Myself, i don't believe a progressive press is good for a beginner. There are too many things that can go wrong, but only one thing that can go right. It seems to me that kit you are looking at should do a fine job for you.
The single stage is the way to go for the beginner. If your trying to feed a autoloader then a progressive is the way to go. To me with a single stage or turret you get a "feel" when something isn't right
When I used to load for accuracy I actually used two single stages. One to de-prime and size, then inspect the brass, prime by hand and fill the powder off the scale. Then on the second press (my most accurate) finish it. But I would only do 50 or 100 at a session. You spend most of the time going over the brass.
For my pistol reloading or AR plinking rounds I used my buddies Dillon. Not worried about brass as much and just dropped the powder. I would do 1000 at a time and depending on how much talking we would do I would be done with 1000 in less time then I took on 100 bench rifle rounds. Of course it takes one guy just to fill the primer tubes and keep the powder and cases bins full, his Dillon 650 with the case feeder was that fast. And then to spell you when your arm wears out after about 300-400 pulls.
The tricky stuff is best left to those who are highly experienced in operating at the ragged edge of stability and sanity.