Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by BuckRio, Mar 17, 2017.
thanks ahead of time.
Do you have a budget you want to stay in?
Also how much are you going to be shooting?
I ask as the Lee progressive is the cheapest progressive option but they have mixed reviews.
Dillion progressives are expensive but the high end standard.
Another option is the Lee Classic Turret which is very reasonably priced and while not a progressive, can be setup to get you cranking out decent amounts of ammo. Check out some of the YouTube videos.
FYI, I have the Lee Classic Turret and use it like a single stage right now, but like you once it gets warmer I'll probably be going through more ammo so will go that route unless I really I can't keep up. Then a progressive will have to be something to save up for. In that case, I'll cry until I can afford a Dillon.
The only aspect that I don't like is that you don't have an opportunity to inspect your seated primers if cranking in full progressive mode. I recommend going over all of your finished ammo to be sure primers are seated slightly below flush.
Now you are ready to make a load pass, unless your brass has crimped pockets then you need to cut or swage them. Most methods take longer than sizing and trimming with the above setup but you can get a 1050 that swages the pockets as part of the loading process.
Add a bullet feeder to that and you can crank them out just like your 45 auto rounds.
Lee Classic Turret
Lee Loadmaster Kit
RCBS Prochucker 5
Dillon 550, 650,etc.
All will load as much ammo as you need.
Welcome to THR
3. remove lube, optional depending on what your using
4. Trim - I use a Trim-it II with a 3 way cutter in a drill press. There are others out there.
5. Now load the brass feeder up and get ready to roll. Prime, powder, bullet seat.
Note: Power selection for using a AP, Remember your not hand weighing, so you want a powder that will meter good fro your dispenser.
I load 204 Ruger on an RCBS Pro2000 but I do it in two phases. First is resize, trim and clean. Then, I prime load them at a future time.
(I shoot prairie dogs with a 204 Ruger AR-15, need lots of ammo for the adventures)
But, I could do this just as well on my Dillon BL550 or Hornady L-N-L instead of the Pro2000.
Look into the RCBS Gold Medal seater die. While a bit pricey, you drop the bullet in a window in the die and it lines up the bullet with the case. More convenient than balancing the bullet on top of the case while raising the press.
That's funny. Now you made me think that it's nice Hornady red and Lee red don't "clash."
This shows me decapping about 150 cases. It's pretty fast to do as you can see in this time laps video:
This shows the sizing of the .223Rem. It goes pretty quick as well:
The last step is loading:
I hope you find what works for you! Happy Reloading!
You had a green press on your right (you left)
You had a blue press on your left (your right)
Had to find out if the LCT would fight (you left)
LCT is the fastest of all (you hope)
Sound off! (1-2)
Sound off! (3-4)
Sound off! (1-2-3-4); (1-2) 4 pulls!
I'll suggest you find the "Dillon Precision Is The Bomb" thread on this forum & read it.
if you add a case trimmer to any progressive you can trim while you size. If you watch for sales you could have a hornady LNL AP wiith press mounted trimmer for $800 ready to load. you won't have a case or bullet feeder, but it can really speed things up.
I suggest you get a Dillon, and then you too can say you load on a Dillon.
Question: I usually use a Lee factory crimp die on everything, will a progressive press accommodate this?
My usual process for reloading is to prep all new brass by trimming to length, deburring and chamfering the case mouth and flash hole, neck sizing to take out any dents and making sure the primer pockets are uniform. All of the brass is kept in lots, so I only reload one caliber about once/twice a year. Maybe more with the .223.
I universal deprime, clean and full length resize. I'll spot check a few to make sure the brass didn't stretch too much. But the last step is always a crimp with the Lee.
If there's anyone who can give "Blue Nation" a run for their money it's Drainsmith.
Just got a couple thousand bullets from Rocky Mountain Reloading, will be using 25 gr Varget for starters.
FWIW: PPU brass ROCKS...I bought a thousand and have not had ANY dented case mouths. I could probably just load them up they are so uniform.
he posted a picture not long ago of his set up lots and lots of red impressive setup for sure
I bought my Dillon 550 long before the red l-n-l ever came to the market. As far as I'm concerned, if I were to buy another progressive press it'd once more be blue. After all, why change when it works 100% to my satisfaction. Then, over the years since the l-n-l has been introduced, I've had a couple of stray thoughts about them also. I know that the U.S. Palma team has produced their ammo on a Dillon, can Hornady say that? I don't know, but I doubt it or I'd have heard about it.
Separate names with a comma.