What reloading press do you use??


January 7, 2013, 03:21 PM
I am sure this has been asked a million times but I am doing a survey. Seems that on another forum there is a real bias towards one brand. As this forum is much larger I decided to poll here to get a better idea.

This is not a which one is best, but what you actually use. For handguns and rifles no shotguns

Yaa. took me three tries to get this work:o

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January 7, 2013, 03:22 PM
Lee breech lock challenger

January 7, 2013, 03:33 PM
All of the above except one...

January 7, 2013, 03:34 PM
Lee for decapping and crimping, Rockchucker for everything else.

tightgroup tiger
January 7, 2013, 03:37 PM
Hornady,Lee, and RCBS.

Chuck R.
January 7, 2013, 03:43 PM
Some of mine aren't listed:

Dillon 550
RCBS Rock-Chucker (from 1975 when I started)
Redding Ultra Mag (For when I discovered .45-100 (2.6) was a PITA with the Rock-Chucker)
Ponsness Warren 375C (20, 12, and 10GA)
Ponsness Warren 900 Elite (12GA)


January 7, 2013, 04:12 PM
I currently use a pair of Lee's (a Challenger and one of their small C-frame presses).

I have full intentions of migrating to a Hornady LnL progressive (and probably another steel framed single stage for rifle) but I'm really tight on space right now and am saving for a down-payment on a house anyways. Once I make that move I'll have more room and even though I'll have less money overall, I'll be in a position where I can at least be spending some of my extra income rather than saving :).

January 7, 2013, 04:15 PM
I'm a newb and have really been enjoying my Lee Turret.

January 7, 2013, 04:50 PM
Two Rockchuckers, a Dillon 450 and a Lee hand press.

January 7, 2013, 04:50 PM
Mostly i use a Co-ax, and sometimes my Rockchucker...

I do have several other presses too...


January 7, 2013, 05:16 PM
Changed it to exclude shotguns.

Brand is enough not specific model

January 7, 2013, 05:25 PM
I use 3 presses all Lee. The Classic Turret, Classic Cast and Hand Loader. Do most of my pistol and rifle on the Turret, the Cast does bullet sizing and 12 ga brass shot shells with the hand press used at the range for mostly decapping.

January 7, 2013, 05:31 PM
Redding and RCBS single stage.

Dillon and Hornady progressives.

January 7, 2013, 05:34 PM
Two Dillon RL550B and Lyman Orange Crusher. Had a RCBS Jr for about 40 years that I sold it to a friend to help get him reloading.

January 7, 2013, 05:43 PM
Dillon for handgun and Hornady single stage for rifle.

January 7, 2013, 05:44 PM
Dillon RL550B, Lee Classic Cast Turret, Lee Cast SS (breechlock), Lee Pro1K, MECs for shotguns, other stuff. They're all just tools to accomplish a goal!

January 7, 2013, 05:48 PM
RCBS single stage. Hornady Progressive.

January 7, 2013, 05:56 PM
40 year old RCBS here. But I don't load massive quantities, just enough to have a few hundred on hand at all times.

January 7, 2013, 08:01 PM
Lee Classic Cast

January 7, 2013, 09:39 PM
I use a Rock Chucker and a Reloader Special for metalic. And for shotshell I have Mec's. Nothing fancy or expensive, but they are all I need for my shooting needs.


January 7, 2013, 09:46 PM
Dillon and a Lee SS

January 7, 2013, 09:50 PM
2 Dillon 650s and a rockchucker

January 7, 2013, 09:50 PM
Lee anniversary, Lee hand press, 2 RCBS Rockchuckers, RCBS turret, Lyman T MAG turret and an Allen arbor press. Also several MEC (12, 16, 20, 28, .410) and a couple dozen Lee classic loaders.

January 7, 2013, 09:53 PM
Lee Classic Turret for all pistol and 223 and a RCBS Rockchucker for all other rifle.


January 7, 2013, 09:57 PM
Lyman Crusher and Lyman T-Mag (not TMagII)

mac tm
January 7, 2013, 10:11 PM
New reloader as of this weekend. Lee Classic Turret.

January 7, 2013, 10:13 PM
Two Dillon, an S1050 and a RL550B and a RCBS rockchucker.

January 7, 2013, 10:13 PM
Lee Classic Turret

January 7, 2013, 11:26 PM
Lee clasic turret, hollywood turret

January 7, 2013, 11:36 PM
Dillon 550, Lee Classic Turret, Redding T-7

January 7, 2013, 11:42 PM
Dillon 550B, square deal B and rcbs partner.

January 7, 2013, 11:55 PM
dillon 650

January 8, 2013, 12:04 AM
RCBS jr. And a Lee single stage press (the $30 one as back up) or secondary functions (open a case mouth that wasn't opened enough while I'm operating the RCBS).

Hondo 60
January 8, 2013, 12:05 AM
A Dillon 550 & a Lee breech lock challenger

January 8, 2013, 12:09 AM
lee turret press(the cheaper one, 14,000 reloads without a problem). I load 380acp, 38spl, 357mag, 45acp and 223

January 8, 2013, 12:11 AM
Lyman T-Mag

I have a Lee C frame that I use every time the Earth gets hit by a meteor..

GW Staar
January 8, 2013, 12:56 AM
RCBS Pro 2000, 4 pistol calibers, 3 rifle.....so far.

RCBS Rockchucker on rifles I don't have setup yet on the progressive.

January 8, 2013, 02:56 AM
Forster Co-Ax, RCBS Rockchucker and a Lee 4 Hole Turret Press.

January 8, 2013, 10:21 AM
What are the percents of?

January 8, 2013, 01:06 PM
Dillon 650 and RCBS Turret. I think I'll be adding another press or two to the bench in the next few months or so. Possibly 550's or another 650.

January 8, 2013, 01:25 PM
Progressives: Dillon 550, Hornady LNL and RCBS Pro 2000

Single stages: Hollywood and Rockchucker

January 8, 2013, 01:32 PM
Lee pro 1000 in 9mm. Just got it two weeks ago and I love it. Best value for pistol by far.

Centaur 1
January 8, 2013, 02:03 PM
I use the Lee C frame for sizing cast bullets and for case mouth expanding. An old RCBS jr2 for working up rifle loads. The press I use the most is a Lyman T-Mag turret press. It's much sturdier than people would have you believe and it works great.

January 8, 2013, 03:34 PM
lee turret

January 8, 2013, 04:51 PM
Forster Co-Ax, RCBS Rockchucker, Lee Classic Turret, and a Dillon 550b

January 8, 2013, 05:28 PM
Pacific Power C, Dillon RL 550B, & XL 650.

Red Six Bravo
January 8, 2013, 05:36 PM
Dillon 650 and RCBS Rock Chucker.

January 8, 2013, 07:22 PM
Several; RCBS A2, Rockchucker, Hollywood turret, Star, Co-Ax... Some that dont get used:Green machine, ancient Herters (good for boat anchor/doorstop).

January 8, 2013, 07:56 PM
RCBS JR3 (rifle, case forming and small batch handgun) and Lyman Spar-T (handgun). The RCBS has been serving me well for about 35 years and the Spar-T is a replacement for one I foolishly sold for college money a few years before that.

I tend toward bolt action rifles and revolvers, so loading up 200-300 rounds of an evening keeps me going for a month or more.

January 8, 2013, 08:02 PM
Lee Breech Lock Challenger Single Stage

January 8, 2013, 10:13 PM
I use the Forster Bonanza Coax press for all my sizing/seating chores; I use the RCBS rock chucker for pulling bullets using the Hornady Bullet Puller. I've used the RCBS JR press, the Lee Precision press, and the 5Dillon progressive. Since getting the Coax press 5 years ago I've noted less measured runout and I like the ease of changing dies, simply snap them in and pull them out. Very easy. I believe it is superior to any handloading press out there with the possible exception of the Sinclair equipment which is earmarked for the most avid, most serious bench rest shooters. My two cents....!:)

January 8, 2013, 11:01 PM
XL 650, Lee Classic Turret, and a Lee hand press.

January 9, 2013, 05:20 PM
blue cool aid all the way

January 9, 2013, 05:32 PM
I have been getting by with a Lee Challenger for about 8 years now, but am ready to move that one to the side of the bench for lead boolit sizing and lubing, and upgrading to a Lee Classic Turret for handguns, and a Forster Coax for rifles.

Flt Simulation
January 9, 2013, 06:37 PM
Lee 4-Hole Classic Turret

Was going to buy a progressive, but I just don't load enough rounds at any given time to make a progressive worthwhile.

The Lee 4-Hole Classic Turret works great for smaller batches of .45 ACP

I also like that it's auto indexing

January 9, 2013, 07:11 PM
dickttx has a good question in post #39. Currently, percentages total 139.22%.

January 10, 2013, 06:52 AM
I have a Hornady LnL AP for mass production of pistol and a Redding Big Boss II for rifle production. I DO load 223 plinking ammo on the AP though.

January 10, 2013, 06:53 AM
What are the percents of?
Multiple choice. I chose two (Hornady and Redding) as I have / use both.

January 10, 2013, 01:43 PM
Hornady LNL progressive, Lee Classic Cast turret, Lee Classic Cast single stage, C/H single stage.


January 10, 2013, 08:23 PM
Several of the above.

I have Dillon, Hornady, Redding, RCBS and Lee.

January 10, 2013, 08:30 PM
Dillon, Forster and Lee.

January 11, 2013, 10:33 AM
I had to vote for Other. I use Dillon 550's, Redding turret, and an RCBS single stage depending on what I'm doing at that moment.

Dillons for pistol and AR, Redding for other rifles, single stage for small runs, pocket swaging, etc.

Skip Sackett
January 12, 2013, 08:55 AM
Hey, Rule, good poll.
Where would you put the "other" category when trying to decipher what went where with the other groups?

Case in point: I load on a Dillon and have Lee equipment too. If I just select other, my votes are lost for the individual presses. Not complaining, just trying to discern the poll and what it is telling me/us.

Personally, I am almost all Blue now. 3 Square Deal Bs, 2 XL650s with case feeders, and a partially converted RL450B. I do have a Lee Classic Cast Turret press on the bench too and, I use it a lot, or have lately, for reloading rounds for my hunting rifle, in 358WSSM, an Indiana deer legal rifle cartridge. It works great for those runs of 50 or less.

Again, good poll! :D

January 12, 2013, 09:04 AM
Hornady LnL, Lee Turret, RCBS

Lee Turret is a lot nicer than people give it credit for.Mine has seen over 10,000 rounds now over the years with no issues. Though I must admit you have to get the indexing setup right at the very beginning.

January 12, 2013, 09:30 AM
RCBS Rockchucker for my 30.06 and 30.30 and the youngens get to use it to load all the ammo the want to shoot ( they go through mine to fast).
Dillon for my 9mm, 9 mak., 40 s&W, 10mm '357 ,38 ,,45 acp, 44 special ,44 mag , 223 and 5.7x28
I love my dillion even if it turned a relaxing afternoon reloading to a relaxing hour.

January 12, 2013, 01:42 PM
Lee Pro 1000 for my pistol and Lee Single Stage for Rifle.

Flatbush Harry
January 12, 2013, 01:42 PM
I use both an RCBS Rockchucker (for my precision rifle loads) and an RCBS Turret press for handgun calibers, the latter because I can put two calibers on each turret head and leave them set up permanently for those calibers.


Wil Terry
January 12, 2013, 01:51 PM
THESE " SURVEYS " ALWAYS INTRIGUE ME because I cannot see any earthly use for the "information' they engender, unless you are peddling loading presses. SO, what did you learn from this "information"?

Skip Sackett
January 12, 2013, 02:23 PM
The exercise was to see if the "Smurf" crew had a hold on a larger variety of people than on another forum.

Over there, the "BLUE" crowd dominates and the "red" ones, not so much.


January 12, 2013, 03:38 PM
Well here goes: 3 Lees
2 Dillons
1 Herters

January 12, 2013, 04:29 PM
Lee challenger, 2 Lee hand presses, and a Hornady LnL.

January 12, 2013, 04:49 PM
Quote "SO, what did you learn from this "information"? "

We learned that the algorithm used to calculate percentages in this poll is wrong.

Other than that, I'm not sure.

January 12, 2013, 09:00 PM
I have used Lyman and Hornady in the past, but now I use a RCBS Chucker for special projects and my Dillon 550B for everything else. I wouldn't trade the Dillon for anything.

Blind Dog Jake
January 13, 2013, 06:53 AM
RCBS and a Lee on the bench now. A Lyman and Herter's in storage that have not been used in years.

Skip Sackett
January 13, 2013, 07:22 AM
Get those presses out of storage and find a relative or friend that could reload and get them started! Pass it on!

January 13, 2013, 07:49 AM
dickttx has a good question in post #39. Currently, percentages total 139.22%.

Because you can select multiple options. The percentages are percentage of respondents not percentage of total so if you have 5 respondents and 2 chose Lee, one Dillon, one RCBS and one Hornady and Dillon your percentages would show Lee 40%, Dillon 40%, RCBS, 20% and Hornady 20% for a total of 120%.

January 13, 2013, 02:00 PM
Because you can select multiple options. The percentages are percentage of respondents not percentage of total so if you have 5 respondents and 2 chose Lee, one Dillon, one RCBS and one Hornady and Dillon your percentages would show Lee 40%, Dillon 40%, RCBS, 20% and Hornady 20% for a total of 120%.
Thanks for the math lesson, but I should have been more blunt in my question. I was trying to spare the OP's and many of the responders' feelings. If a person carefully reads through the possible responses, the final possible response covers multiple products and it should have been chosen by those who, for instance, use Product A and Product D. But, the difficulty with that response is that it covers two categories; "multiple" and "other".

There are several ways to help make the results more meaningful:
1. Rephrase the question.
2. Additional instruction as to number of responses allowed.
3. Splitting the final choice into two choices.
4. Report frequencies, rather than percentages.

I apologize for hurting feelings, it is not my intent.

January 13, 2013, 02:20 PM
Two Hollywood Seniors, RCBS Rockchucker and a Hornady LocknLoad. Lots of other tools for other jobs.

Hope this helps.


January 13, 2013, 09:51 PM
Having the last choice only as "other" rather than "other or more than one" would have made for a more telling poll actually. As it is, this poll is meaningless. With it simply as "other" it could give you an idea of how many have multiple presses and aren't perfectly brand loyal.

January 14, 2013, 01:07 AM
I'm using the same Lyman turret press that I bought used back in 1959.

Blind Dog Jake
January 14, 2013, 05:39 AM
Thinking about giving them away since posting on this site.
Almost sure the guy down the street will take one.
I may just put the ol' Herter's on the bench and set it up for 454 Casull, and let it be.

Adam the Gnome
January 14, 2013, 06:41 AM
I use a Rockchucker for 9mm. Dreaming of a Dillon or even a Hornady lnl. Love the Rockchucker just gets tedious unless you do large batches.

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