Quantcast
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

One At A Time

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by dagger dog, May 4, 2008.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. dagger dog

    dagger dog Member

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2008
    Messages:
    2,695
    Location:
    SO. IN
    Just another brain fart, after reading a nother post.

    How many out there reload with a single stage only?

    I've been at it seriously with a single stage since '99 and was fooling around with a Lee Loader back in the mid '80's. Right now I reload for 4 rifles 3 handguns, and will most likley start shotshell soon.

    One of the reasons I've stuck with single stage,(I own 2 presses) is accuracy on the rifles, can't shoot a handgun worth a crap, and economy dosen't equate any more,plus I don't think I'm "ready" for progressive yet. The biggest factor in myself using a single stage is saftey, I'm having more and more SENIOR moments and I just think for me the single stage is safer!

    How about y'all whats your reasons?
     
  2. swiss7.5

    swiss7.5 Member

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2007
    Messages:
    85
    Location:
    western wi
    Single only here
     
  3. WayneConrad

    WayneConrad Member

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2005
    Messages:
    2,128
    Location:
    Phoenix, AZ
    Single stage here. I don't reload to save time. It's a form of meditation, in a way, so how quick it goes doesn't matter too much.
     
  4. BsChoy

    BsChoy Member

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2005
    Messages:
    1,344
    Location:
    Upstate NY
    single only....i just got a lee pro auto disk powder measure and it has speeded the loading process for pistol up considerably
     
  5. qajaq59

    qajaq59 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2005
    Messages:
    2,375
    Location:
    S. C. Florida
    I do. I'm in no hurry. All I shoot are 30 cal rifles and I only need a 100-150 rounds a week. .
     
  6. Mt Shooter

    Mt Shooter Member

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2007
    Messages:
    561
    Location:
    Montana
    I have Three, a single, progressive, and a shot shell
     
  7. lev83

    lev83 Member

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2006
    Messages:
    233
    The RCBS RockChucker has served me well. I have no intrest and no plans to move to a progressive.
     
  8. Afy

    Afy Member

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2006
    Messages:
    2,595
    I use a single stage... and am quite sure if I used anything else I would need to use my medical insurance and the wonderful medicare system in France.

    I amange to do quite a few stupid things without the aid of automation...
     
  9. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2006
    Messages:
    46,755
    Location:
    Alabama
    I reloaded with a single stage for a while, but quickly decided it was too slow and too much work. :)
     
  10. ricciardelli

    ricciardelli Member

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2004
    Messages:
    43
    Location:
    Montana, USA
    For metallic cartridges I use a couple of different RCBS single-stage presses. for shotgun I use MEC progressives.
     
  11. Bozo

    Bozo Member

    Joined:
    May 23, 2007
    Messages:
    172
    I have used a RCBS press, single stage since 1973.
     
  12. Seafarer12

    Seafarer12 Member

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2008
    Messages:
    1,028
    Location:
    Austin, TX
    I only load with a single stage. I have 2 RCBS presses and since moving back into an apartment have gotten a lee handpress. I don't shoot a whole lot so a single stage keeps me in ammo. I reloaded about 250 rounds this weekend.
     
  13. Der Verge

    Der Verge Member

    Joined:
    May 1, 2008
    Messages:
    233
    Location:
    Sportsman's paradise
    I have one of each. I only use the Dillon when loading for handgun. To be honest though, I don't shoot handgun enough to reload for it. Oh well. I use the single stage on my rifle cartriges. I enjoy taking my time with my recipes for my rifle food, so I stay with the single stage.
     
  14. wrench

    wrench Member

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2004
    Messages:
    818
    Location:
    minnesota
    I reload rifle calibers, and then started reloading 9mm and .45ACP on a rockchucker single stage. Worked fine, but boy, that pistol ammo moved
    s-l-o-w.
    Picked up a used Lee classic turret, and it is the bomb for pistol ammo.
    I still reload the rifle rounds on the rockchucker, but the Lee really gave me some speed for pistol, at a tiny fraction of the price of a progressive.
     
  15. lgbloader

    lgbloader Member

    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2008
    Messages:
    1,548
    Location:
    LGB
    I, too, sometimes feel the need to enter the world of meditation by way of handloading. At these times, i reach into the clean/ready box of 38 spcl brass and whack out about 10 - 20 rounds of this caliber on a Lee Classic Loader & hammer. I did this last week as a matter of fact.

    However, I do have a couple of Dillons and a Redding Turret, and a Lee Classic Cast. I love to reload but I love to shoot more, so sometimes I like to load a few hundred of 9mm or 45acp and get cleaned up and get out of the Cave, other times, I could load all night, cranking out the rounds and downing the Folgers...

    As long as you keep your wits about you and go slow, paying careful attention to detail, you can be safe with progressive.

    By the way, I had a good day at the range and I hope everyone had at least one good one this weekend, too.:cool:
     
  16. 33rowdy

    33rowdy Member

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2008
    Messages:
    282
    Location:
    Ohio.
    I'm in the "One At A Time" club too. Around 8 years ago, my great Uncle and I were shooting shoot. So I asked him to reload some 12 Ga for me. So He did a few. A few months later I came home from work and had boxes of what looked like JUNK on the door step. A MEC 600 Jr, balance beam scales, and alot more that junk. I started to learn the MEC Jr. That was easy. But I looked at the old cast iron rifle press...Junk! But I mounted it up on a school desk that I bought at a garage sale tried it. I'm still useing it now. My one and only rifle press.
    I'm guessing that this press goes back to around 1960's. On the left hand side is casted;
    Professional
    Model "C"
    Bystrom Bros
    Minneapolis Minn.

    I still have his old books, manuals, and a lot more of the copyrights go back to the 1960's.

    Anyone here know anything about a "Bystrom"?
     
  17. WSM MAGNUM

    WSM MAGNUM Member

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2007
    Messages:
    194
    Location:
    New Windsor, Maryland
    I use my single stage press for when I test new loads. I load up 10 rounds each if I`m using different powders or bullets for a caliber. When I find the best load I`ll then start mass loading on the progressive if it is a handgun load. I`ll always use the single stage for rifle loads.
    If you shoot hundreds or thousands of handgun calibers, like I do, there ain`t no way I`m gonna use a single stage. :rolleyes: Using a progressive will crank out loads just as accurate as a single stage can.
    I also have a shotgun reloader that is a single stage. Might go to a progressive shotshell reloader one of these days.
     
  18. kelbro

    kelbro Member

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2007
    Messages:
    1,264
    Location:
    Desert Southwest
    Been loading single stage on the same RCBS press since 1976. Never been in THAT big of a hurry.
     
  19. GRIZ22

    GRIZ22 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2006
    Messages:
    5,037
    I have used a RCBS press, single stage since 1973.

    Me too. I also have a turret but I use it as a single stage.

    Most of the misfires, bad ammo, etc you see mentioned on this forum were loaded with a progressive. Just pull the handle 50 times and you have a box of ammo.

    A progressive doesn't allow me the quality control I like.

    Slow. Yes but I don't have problems with my ammo.
     
  20. jenrob

    jenrob Member

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2007
    Messages:
    385
    Location:
    Eastern Oregon
    I shoot around 600rnds of 45acp 150rnds of 22-250 50rnds of 7wsm 300rnds of 40S&W and 200rnds of 357 out of these last month. The 45acp & 40S&W was the only thing loaded on a progrssive and some of them were loaded on a single stage. I enojoy shooting but enjoy the reloading part as well.

    I load a lot on the single stage so as I can just sit back and relax size a few go look at the clouds go by size a few more whatch the sun set.

    I use the progressive to load when I plan on shooting a lot or if a friend needs to load up a 1000rnds or so.

    I can load 50rnds in about 45mins on a single stage if I keep real busy at it. useally take about 1.5hrs for 50

    On the progressive I timed out 200rnds and figured out to around 883rnds an hr. I only did this for 200rnds and will probably never do it that fast again.

    I run around 4-500rnds an hr. on a prog. and run out of bullets. This leave me with yard work so I save back and use the single stage.

    At 4-500rnds an hr I can watch what I am doing pretty well along with a powder check die and attention. I have no problems with a prog. press, but if I could only have one it would be the single stage.
     
  21. Schleprok62

    Schleprok62 Member

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2006
    Messages:
    1,009
    Location:
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Single here, 2 of them... I like handling each round and inspecting it through each stage of the process... and, it's one of those things that I can do at my own pace...
     
  22. Urbana John

    Urbana John Member

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2007
    Messages:
    173
    Single stage "Rocker" here----I just finished 1051 rds. of military 308's and 1000 rds of military 223's. start to finish, about two weeks-------took forever!!!

    Three weeks ago, I loaded 1750 rounds of 9's and 40's, evenings and the weekend.

    UJ
     
  23. DWARREN123

    DWARREN123 Member

    Joined:
    May 1, 2006
    Messages:
    1,749
    Location:
    Between TN & KY
    Single stage, I only do 40 S&W. Lets me do a safety check at each step very easily. Lee Anniversary Kit.
     
  24. BeJaRa

    BeJaRa Member

    Joined:
    Oct 3, 2006
    Messages:
    195
    Location:
    Florida
    I only use a single, I don't have the money to feed a progressive, plus it makes me appreciate the effort every time I pull the trigger which makes me try to improve everytime I shoot instead of just getting trigger time and squeezing off rounds, just because someone shoots 1,000rds doesn't mean they got any better at the art of shooting rifle/pistol.
     
  25. Schleprok62

    Schleprok62 Member

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2006
    Messages:
    1,009
    Location:
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Bejara: I'm going to have to agree with you... :) After reading your post, I got thinking, and that's a lot how I think also...

    :)
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page