press info for newbie


January 27, 2008, 01:10 PM
Hi all,

I need to start reloading.......ammo prices! :rolleyes:

I need some advice on what type of press to buy.

To start I will be loading only .44 mag. for my revolver, and perhaps for a future .44 lever action rifle. :p

My objective with reloading is to save money and be as practical as possible with it, and NOT to turn it into a major hobby. (at this point any how, I already have too many hobbies as it is. ;))

I want a setup that I can get going with and produce a couple boxes of good safe ammo every couple of weeks while not having to spend many hours to do so.

Any suggestions on a press?


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Eric F
January 27, 2008, 01:34 PM
Lee 4 hole turret press maybe look for a kit that comes with all the stuff ie scales books ect look on midway they usually have the best kit prices

January 27, 2008, 01:44 PM
It will become a hobby. It's too addicting! Soon you'll see some gizmo or gadget, and think, man, that sure would help, I could use that. And then something else, and something else, and before long you're out several hundred dollars more and you're awash in virgin brass and blemished bullets.

Story of my life, I tells ya.

January 27, 2008, 02:11 PM
CB.....:o I know....I know. :o

Eric thanks for the input, I've been looking at those, but knowing nothing about reloading looking at them didn't tell me much.......:rolleyes: :)

Oh, and great quote too! made me laugh. :)

Eric F
January 27, 2008, 02:25 PM
do a search and look for lee turret press for what you are doing stay away from a pro 1000 also go to the lee site and watch the videos on loading you will see a box or two will not take too long to make .

January 27, 2008, 02:44 PM
Not the cheapest but works pretty good. I was running about 50rnds every 37min.
Lee press
RCBS chargemaster 1500 dispenser
set of calipers and a funnel
Couple of manuals
Hand primer
Load trays
I primed on the press and also used a hand primer but now I size and prime in one step then after I get all sized I start the disp. Will it is dispening a charge of powder I am setting a bullet. then on 44mag I would run them one more step and crimp. turret press would be good as would a Dillon SDB That would load your 44 up pretty quick and get you on your way to other projects.

January 27, 2008, 05:21 PM
Diggers - Just be sure you purchase dies with a CARBIDE sizer. Not having to lube cases and then clean them afterward will save you more time than anything.

January 27, 2008, 06:55 PM
Lee classic turret press. Most people load around 200 rounds per hour on it, I do on mine. Very easy to setup and use. Very easy to add and change calibers. The best deal on a classic is at and you will want to upgrade to the pro auto disk and the small & large safety prime. It will run around $170 with the upgrades. Go to the Lee web site in the video section and you can watch a video of the classic in action.

January 27, 2008, 07:10 PM
Read over this thread (, carefully.

Other than the die set being different, this is a comprehensive, good quality, beginner's package that will you will not grow out of. If the $450.00 scares you off, then post your questions in this thread about how to reduce it, and we will help you pare down the initial purchase.

Jim H.

January 27, 2008, 07:17 PM
I started reloading last spring on the Lee Classic Turret that RustyFN mentioned, also purchased at Kempf's. It is excellent and economical for the quantities that you shoot. It also is a great press to learn on.

January 27, 2008, 07:50 PM
Thanks every one for the good, time saving advice. That really helps.

January 28, 2008, 01:48 PM
I think I'm set on getting the Lee set up on-line.

The Lee package says I can up grade the AUTO DISK POWDER MESURE to the PRO AUTO DISK MESURE.

Besides the word PRO in its name how are these different and does it really make much of a difference?

Thanks again,

January 28, 2008, 01:50 PM
The Pro Auto disk has an upgraded body (plated), and I believes includes the adjustable charge bar and maybe both types of dispensing arm.

I have both types, and the Pro version does seem to run smoother. It's worth the upgrade for the plated body alone. Get it.

Jim H.

January 28, 2008, 06:17 PM
Like Jim said, the pro is well worth the extra money. With the pro model you can turn the powder hopper off which makes it a lot easier to change disks without dumping powder. The inside of the bottom half is Teflon coated on the pro. With the pro the bolts that hold it together have a long brass nut that makes it easier to take apart and put together, the regular auto disk has a screw that screws into the plastic base and can strip out and also requires a screwdriver to make adjustments.

January 28, 2008, 07:14 PM
Lee Classic turret press with the safety prime and Pro Auto Disk. Will do you a great job very affordably with little or not drama.



January 28, 2008, 09:51 PM
Well OK, that seems unanimous, I'm sold PRO it is.

Looking forward to getting going with this. I'm sure there will be more questions to come.


January 28, 2008, 09:53 PM
The Lee classic turret is sold out every place I have looked online.

January 28, 2008, 10:28 PM
yup, Lee Classic turret press with the safety prime and Pro Auto Disk is the way to get started

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