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Best of Reloading Equipment

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Gunmaster, Mar 30, 2013.

  1. Gunmaster

    Gunmaster Member

    There are plenty of choices for equipment in reloading, but can we come up with a "best of best" list? Take the categories below and submit your opinion for which brand makes the best item for the given purpose.

    Edit: Seemed very view liked the idea of pointing out the best in different companies. So I guess this can become the boring "post what you like and why" thread.
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2013
  2. Lost Sheep

    Lost Sheep Well-Known Member

    Best Turret Press

    If you don't need more than 4 die stations, the best Turret Press, bar none:

    Lee Classic Turret

    Lee is the ONLY maker offering auto-indexing turret presses

    The Classic Turret's base is cast iron

    Vertical opening is more than 4.5" (according to MidwayUSA).

    Spent Primer Handling: The Classic drops primers down the center of the hollow ram and into a clear plastic tube which can contain a few hundred primers or be directed into a receptacle of your choice.

    For every other item on your list, there is too much variation in the needs of the loaders and offerings of manufacturers to present a single, unarguable choice. What is best for me might not be best for you because our needs and temperaments are different. Much is simply a matter of style.

    Lost Sheep
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2013
  3. cfullgraf

    cfullgraf Well-Known Member

    Choose the press whose color best matches the decor in your reloading room. It will serve you well.

    As far as the rest of the stuff, Lost Sheep pretty much said it.
  4. ljnowell

    ljnowell Well-Known Member

    Fact is, almost all of the major manufacturers (Lee, RCBS, Hornady, Dillon, etc.) all make quality products. Its all a matter of preference. I prefer Lee presses, only because I have no problems making them work, they are cheap(like me), and make quality ammo. Others will tell you they are junk and unless you buy the most expensive Dillon everything else is junk.

    Basically, take everything with a grain of salt, because its all opinion based.

    That being said, I prefer Lee Single Stage and Turret presses. I have a couple of each. I am also getting ready to buy a Lee Loadmaster Progressive as soon as things die down a little bit.

    I prefer Lee dies. The only die I have ever bough that wasnt a Lee gave me problems, no problems out of my Lee Dies.

    I like my Lee Auto Disk and Auto Disk Pro.

    I do prefer the Dillon Eliminator scale over my Lee scale, however, I use my Lee scale all the time since my Dillon was lost in a move a few years ago.

    I use a Frankford Arsenal tumbler, it was a great deal at like 40 bucks with the media seperator. IMO, it has a much better seperator than some of the others.
  5. gspn

    gspn Well-Known Member

    No...you will not come up with a list of the best. You will get about 10 pages of people arguing about their favorite...but you will not get a unanimous vote. I doubt you will even get a majority vote...but I'm going to have fun watching.

  6. GW Staar

    GW Staar Well-Known Member

    The answers you already got, I concur.

    All you are going to get here is opinions based on an individual's style of reloading which in turn is often decided by what he bought. It's human nature to try to self-justify our purchases whether or not they fit what we originally needed. :rolleyes:

    Better questions would be what did you buy, and why? Would you buy something different if you were able to start over today, based on more experience and maybe even a little more cash to spend?

    Then ask what that person uses the equipment he bought for.

    I know a guy who bought a Dillon 650, and loaded 5000 rounds of 9mm, and never used it again. Asked why, he said he's got what he wanted....he's done.

    I like cfullgraf's answer the best! Color.....Decor! :D

    But really, each type and brand of press, for example, does something extremely well. The question is.....which one fits what you want to do, well.
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2013
  7. Lost Sheep

    Lost Sheep Well-Known Member

    Did that in 2010. Here's the resultant thread.


    After 35 years, I repopulated my entire bench, replacing everything except my RCBS 10-10 scale and RCBS Kinetic Bullet puller. And the 2x6 I mounted every press I have ever owned on when I clamped it to whatever work surface I used. It's a bit shorter now, since I had to cut off one end or the other to accommodate different hole patterns.

    Lost Sheep
  8. ranger335v

    ranger335v Well-Known Member

    If there were a single, or even tripple, "best" of anything it would capture the market and all others would disappear. So far, that doesn't seem to be happening to anything.

    The better question to "what did you buy" would be, "Now, if you have at least a little experience with other equipment, what would you prefer to buy?" And, without valid experience with at least two items of the same type, no one has any foundation to say what he even thinks may be better! (Looking at magazine articles and reading web posts does not substitute for experience.)
  9. Kevin Rohrer

    Kevin Rohrer Well-Known Member

    Starting with message #2.

  10. Otto

    Otto Well-Known Member

    Single Stage Press...Hollywood Sr.

    Turret Press....Redding T7

    Progressive Press....Dillon 1050

    Press Mount....Custom fabricated

    Handgun Die Set....Redding Comp Pro

    Handgun Sizing Die....Redding Comp Pro

    Handgun Bullet Seater....Redding Competition

    Powder Die...Dillon

    Crimp Die...Redding

    Decapping Die....Lee universal

    Rifle Die Set....Redding FL Type "S" bushing

    Rifle Sizing Die...Redding

    Rifle Neck Sizing Die...Redding

    Rifle Bullet Seater...Redding Competition

    Case Lube...Imperial

    Case Trimmer...Giruad

    Manual Powder Measure...Belding and Mull

    Auto Powder Measure...None

    Manual Scale....RCBS 10-10

    Electronic Scale...None

    Hand Primer....RCBS Universal

    Brass Cleaner/Polish....Flitz

    Media Tumbler...Thumlers Tumbler Ultra Vibe 18

    Media Separator...Dillon

    Wet Tumbler...Thumlers Tumbler Model B

    Case Gauge...LE Wilson


    Kinetic Bullet Puller...Quinetics

    Bullet Puller Die

    Caliper....Mitutoyo Digimatic

    Reloading Manual...The Complete Guide to Handloading by Philip B. Sharpe

    Case Feeder....Dillon

    Loading Tray....MTM

    Primer Pocket Cleaner...Sinclair

    Flash Hole Cleaner....Sinclair

    Deburring Tool....LE Wilson
  11. tightgroup tiger

    tightgroup tiger Well-Known Member

    That is a heck of a list. I can't say which of any of them is the best because I don't own every brand of every thing on the list to compare them.
    Even if I did, it would still be personal opinion only.

    It's impossible.
  12. GT1

    GT1 Well-Known Member

    The best tool is the one that fits your needs and wallet, no matter what its function, be it a socket wrench, or reloading press and associated tooling.

    There are no other fitting parameters to compare them.
  13. BYJO4

    BYJO4 Well-Known Member

    I don't think there is an answer to your question. Everyone has their own opinions based on equipment they do or have owned. I serioulsy doubt that anyone has owned or used every item in each category made by all the manufacturers.
  14. Otto

    Otto Well-Known Member

    Socket wrenches??? That one's easy....Snap-On
  15. jmorris

    jmorris Well-Known Member

    If there were one "best" for anything, I woul have a lot less "stuff".

    How about a list of best:










    Cutting tool


    Cuss word

    Worker to hire

    The list can go on and on. The answer is better found after these questions.

    What is your application?

    What are your needs?

    What are you expectations?

    How much time do you have?

    How much money do you have?
  16. rbernie

    rbernie Well-Known Member

    Single Stage Press - Lee Classic Cast
    Turret Press - Lee Classic Cast
    Progressive Press - Dillon
    Handgun Die Set - Lee
    Handgun Sizing Die - Dillon
    Rifle Die Set -Lee
    Case Lube - Imperial
    Case Trimmer - Giraud or Lee
    Auto Powder Measure - LeeAutoDisk Pro for pistols/intermediate rifle chamberings
    Hand Primer - Lee
    Brass Cleaner/Polish - stainless steel pins/water
    Reloading Manual - Lyman
  17. ljnowell

    ljnowell Well-Known Member

    Those of us who turn wrenches for a living can answer that easy! LOL. If you are a hobbyist or a DIYer you can use about anything. When it has to work, and has to be replaced WHEN(not if) you break it, it has to be SNAP-ON. Not only that, my knuckles depend on stuff to not break when under torque. The machining is superior also, bolts that a craftsman will round off I have gotten out with my snap-on. I love them. All 30K dollars worth that I own.
  18. bluetopper

    bluetopper Well-Known Member

    Not knocking them as I have some of their equipment but Lee does not make the best of anything........especially any of their presses, and I'm not saying their presses are not any good either..........just not even in the same league as the best.
  19. AABEN

    AABEN Well-Known Member

    Lee all the way.
  20. ljnowell

    ljnowell Well-Known Member

    And again, its more opinion.

    See, OP, exactly as stated at the beginning, its all opinion.

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