Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Archangel14, May 13, 2021.
Note: It's not a true progressive. The turret can be used in auto-index mode but it takes 3-4 pulls of the handle (depending on whether you're using 3 or 4 dies) to complete a loaded round. But IMO the ease of use is well worth it.
In fact, for most people running progressives, if you add the time it takes to fill primer tubes and fiddle with the mechanisms you're probably only loading 200 rounds an hour anyway.
Some here will disagree and say you should go full Dillon 650/750 or Hornady progressive from the get-go but your purposes and cost and ammo requirements I'd strongly recommend the LCT. You can even remove the indexing rod and run it as a single stage or manually indexing turret if you choose.
GREAT press for the money, and from what I've seen there's really nothing like it. "semi-progressive."
You’ll get lots of answers, good luck in deciding and let us know how it goes.
I like @1KPerDay idea since it can run single-ish, like a turret. I prefer a single stage myself: I own all three and unless I'm gong to crank out 500+ of a recipe, I do it on my RockChucker.
I actually saw a few in stock this morning so you might actually be able to find one
But… I would have to say if money is not a restriction, I would get a Dillon. Amazing CS and warranty and lots of aftermarket support, too.
I think a Lee Classic Turret is a good first press. You may want a progressive later, but even if you get one you can still use the Lee for small batches.
I started with a Lee 3 hole turret. I got a LNL progressive later on, but still use the Lee for small batches and calibers I don't load as much of.
Could I have learned on a progressive yes, but I think it would have been a lot harder than on the Lee.
You will no doubt see the buy once cry once comments, and the get a Dillon everything else is junk, not as good....(fill in the blank)
I haven't used a Dillion but I believe they are good equipment, but again I feel it would be better to start with the Lee turret than any progressive, and the turret will serve you well for many years.
Also it is less money to add another caliber, and less of an investment in case you decide reloading is just not for you.
I went with the LNL for a progressive, cheaper than the Dillon 650, has bushings for dies, quicker to change the primer setup from large to small and some other reasons.
Not saying it is a better press than the Dillon's but it fit my needs at the time better.
If you do go with a progressive I would recommend one with at least 5 stations, as you will want one station for a powder cop or lockout die. (powder cop will work for rifle, lockout die won't but I far prefer the lockout die for pistol as you don't have to watch it like you do a powder cop)
PS: I have a Hornady LNL, no case feed but with a bullet feeder.
With my setup I can feed case with the left hand and pull the lever with the right so on my press doing mostly pistol the bullet feeder was more help that a case feeder, easier to feed cases than bullets.
I started with the LEE Breech lock single stage press and loaded far more than what you are wanting to load. Single stage is great for occasional loaders. Whenever you have some spare time, you can work on a batch.
A step up would be the LEE turret press.
My opinion.. If you are only loading a few hundred rounds every couple of months, get a single stage. Then, if you ever get a progressive in the future, you will have a single stage available to use the multitude of tools that require a standard press to use (bullet pullers, bullet sizers, depriming grungy range pick-up brass, to name a few).
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I'll second this.
I want a 550!
I wasn't looking for any particular brand, just wanted a quicker process. I would have bought the Lee Classic Turret if I'd found as good a deal on one. I'm positively sure I could have accomplished my goals with it.
Without a seriously good source for components, I'd be inclined to just buy whatever quality press you run across for a decent price. Especially starting out, since you don't know for certain it'll be something you and your son will really get into.
EDIT: I think I spent around $550 for everything pictured.
Another reason(s) I'm getting a Dillon. Plus thier factory/showroom is about 25 min. away from me.
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