What kind of press(es) do you use?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by GeoDudeFlorida, Oct 20, 2021.

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What type(s) of press(es) do you use?

Poll closed Oct 30, 2021.
  1. Mass Production Progressive

    29 vote(s)
    14.8%
  2. Simple Progressive

    71 vote(s)
    36.2%
  3. 4-6 Head Simple Turret

    58 vote(s)
    29.6%
  4. 6-8 Head Complex Turret

    11 vote(s)
    5.6%
  5. Single-Stage Press

    111 vote(s)
    56.6%
  6. Multiple Single Stage Presses

    43 vote(s)
    21.9%
  7. Lee Loaders! (there's something else?)

    8 vote(s)
    4.1%
  8. Lee APP + Other (post what "other" is)

    17 vote(s)
    8.7%
  9. All of the above

    1 vote(s)
    0.5%
  10. I use an Ideal loading tool made in 1928 and nothing more is needed! Herrumph!

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
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  1. GBExpat

    GBExpat Member

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    1974-marked RCBS JR3 single stage press that I bought off of a fella in ~1978 when I lived in VaB.

    In 2014 I bought a Lee Classic Turret and that has been my primary ever since.

    The LCT I have used for pistol ammo and 5.56. When I need to hand-/re-load some of the heavier stuff (.30'06, .303, 7.92x57, etc ... I still have beaucoup decent milsurp on-hand) I will almost certainly be using the JR3 and the loading blocks. :)
     
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  2. whughett

    whughett Member

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    Own a Lyman T-Mag turret, Dillon 550, Mec 650, Lee APP, Lee Classic 4 hole Turret progressive and Lee basic single stage. At some point they all get used with the exception of the shot shell loader it’s been a few years for that one. And one other perhaps not covered here. 5DF20257-E016-4555-957B-8FFCF63DACBC.jpeg
     
  3. GeoDudeFlorida

    GeoDudeFlorida Member

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    Wow! Now THAT'S variety!
    I only load for 8 rifle and 27 pistol calibers, but most pistols are using the same die sets - ex: .32S&W, .32S&W-L, .32H&R, .32H&R Magnum all use the same dies (.32H&R is a BP round) - and no shotgun. Not worth it to me to buy the supplies for SG.
    I do it all on a single-stage RCBS Partner. :)
     
  4. whughett

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    Quality not quantity. ;)
     
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  5. Chuck R.

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    Accumulated over time, and they do take quite a bit of bench space!

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    I use "mounting blocks" based on the on the 900 Elite's foot print (largest) so I can move them to and fro...
     
  6. GeoDudeFlorida

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    LOL!!! Yeah, well, I wish. Truth is I've never known anybody who used a progressive press and I only known three people who used turrets (one is my FiL who plans to stop reloading completely this year, sadly:( ). Most everyone I've ever known who reloaded used a single-stage or more correctly several single-stage presses. But I have no doubt the high-volume quasi-manufacturers who produce 100,000's of rounds a year for competition, clubs, such like that, NEVER make an imperfect cartridge and NEVER have. If it's run right and setup right, there's no reason a fully automated "ammo-plant" would ever make anything less. No, I am not being sarcastic, either. Some of these guys and gals have a $$quarter-million$$ "invested" in their hobby. I cant' see them accepting anything less than perfection.

    Me? I put meat in the freezer and punch holes in things for fun once in a while. If I shoot six at 25yds, hit 2" high then 2" low, then miss the can four times in as row, I'm fine. :)
     
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  7. GeoDudeFlorida

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    Sometimes I haul my "bench" out to the middle of the back lot and reload under the big oak stands. :)
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  8. alfsauve

    alfsauve Member

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    I started with a Herter's C press. Eventually got a Lee Turret, which didn't work out, threw it in the trash. Then got the Hornady LnL Progressive. Thought I'd keep the Herter's for those single step jobs but quickly realized that with the LnL, I had the equivalent of a single stage based on the dies inserted.

    I'm pretty nimble with feeding brass and bullets so no feeders for either of those. Guess I'm a Simple Progressive.
     
  9. WeekendReloader

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    Started with a LEE Breech Lock Challenger O-frame single stage press.
    Last fall I picked up a LEE Auto Breech Lock PRO progressive. I use it in its simplest form where I manually add a case, primer, powder and bullet. No automatic anything on it. I have only used it for 9mm so far. I still use the single stage for cast bullet sizing, brass bulge busting and loading anything other than 9mm.
     
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  10. .38 Special

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    My first was a tiny RCBS single stage. I added a Lyman turret at some point, then a Square Deal B. When I got serious about handgun competition I got a Dillon 1050. Various other presses came and went over the years. I've sold, traded, or given away almost all of them and am down to the SDB, a big Lee single stage for things like brass 12 gauge shells and the .416 Rigby, and my original old RCBS which still puts together my favorite handgun cartridges one at a time, just like it always has.
     
  11. johnjohn

    johnjohn Member

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    Started with a Lyman turret. Found a Lyman Crusher (not orange) "on sale" couldn't pass it up. Still have/use both.
     
  12. mdi

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    Most used; Forster Co-Ax. (!!)
    Lee turret.
    Old Pacific C press.
    Lee Loaders.

    But I own and occasionally use a C-H single stage mfg in the '50s and a Lee Load All
     
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  13. nofendertom

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    I like the term "manual progressive" for my Dillon 550.
     
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  14. whughett

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    I agree I just like the control off advancing the shell plate manually. But then the only other “progressive” I have is a Lee Classic which requires four pulls of the handle to complete a round but indexes the case automatically. .
     
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  15. Armorer 101

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    I use 10 presses. Been reloading since 62, everyone has to start somewhere. I started on a 2x8 wood block with a tong tool and a mallet. Learned the hard way, it is better to buy quality once than to buy cheap four times.
     
  16. GeoDudeFlorida

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    WHY can't I "Like" that more than once?!

    I learned when working on tractors as a kid, a quality machine/tool doesn't have to be expensive or fancy or new or the latest-greatest whizz-bang; it just has to do what it's designed to do every time you use it.
     
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  17. irishlad

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    LCT for pistol rounds
    Rock Chucker for rifle rounds
     
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  18. JEBruns

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    I guess I'm between a "mass production" and "simple" progressive. My Dillon 1100 came with a case feeder and I added a bullet feeder. So it's not simple, but it's not motorized, so I don't consider it mass production. But I sure like it and it can turn out a lot of bullets in a short amount of time.
     
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  19. nofendertom

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    I learned when working on tractors as a kid, a quality machine/tool doesn't have to be expensive or fancy or new or the latest-greatest whizz-bang; it just has to do what it's designed to do every time you use it.[/QUOTE]
    I totally agree---with tools and firearms (S&W revolvers and 1911s).
     
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  20. Mark_Mark

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    have to slightly disagree, I like STUFF!
     
  21. whughett

    whughett Member

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    I was referring to the loaded rounds;)
     
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  22. Catpop

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    Lyman Spartan C, Dillon SD, Dillon SDB, Dillon 550
    That about sums it up.
     
  23. tightgroup tiger

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    For some reason I can't like it at all. I'm trying to apply a like, the like button is just not working right now. ODD! I'll try rebooting.
     
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  24. RashQuestion

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    Lee Classic Turret and Lee Auto Breech Lock Pro. I may try and get another if my wife agrees.

    Maybe or then again maybe not!!!
     
  25. 507Reloader

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    Rifle is done on RCBS Rebel and finished on K&M arbor press. Pistol and 223 on a Dillon 550C. All decamping done on a Lee APP.
     
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