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. Mark_Mark

    Mark_Mark Member

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    I don’t use a Press and buy all factory ammo!
     
  2. THEWELSHM

    THEWELSHM Member

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    You don’t know what you are missing out on mate :)

    Thewelshm
     
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  3. THEWELSHM

    THEWELSHM Member

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    A1973 RCBS for 455 and 500 Magnum, A Hornady lnl for everything else..

    Thewelshm
     
  4. chamokaneman

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    I use an older Lee Challenger single stage and recently added a Lee APP....love that thing so far. I'm looking at moving the Challenger into semi-retirement soon and getting a good turret press like a Lyman or Redding.
     
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  5. BWS

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    3 Lyman orange crushers,and a T-mag turret.

    Turret does handguns. One of the orange crushers stays setup with decapper,the other two get used in tandem for rifles. They all get used enough that they get cleaned,wiped off,and lubed pretty durn regular.
     
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  6. AzShooter1

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    Actually I just stopped reloading. Had to sell all my centerfire guns because I was going into assisted living and they didn't allow guns. A friend bought my last revolver and bought my Dillon 650.

    I really like that press. I had all the bells and whistle on it including auto case feeder. I could easily run over 800 rounds per hour. I would practice and then reload for the week's matches. I could just keep up with enough ammo per week but it was a fun machine.
     
  7. whughett

    whughett Member

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    God bless you friend. My shooting buddy and I were just BSing about our houses and how our age was impacting maintenance and their value in the current market but where would we go bla bla bla. I mentioned housing for the elderly. He thinks even if you could keep guns where could one reload for them in a small apartment. Given our increasing liberal society it could be a problem.
     
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  8. AK Hunter

    AK Hunter Member

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    I use an old 3 hole Lee turret press to reload on but I use it as a single stage because it doesn't index right anymore. I do have a small Lee single stage to deprime brass on.
     
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  9. Jimfern

    Jimfern Member

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    I'm down to an old progressive RCBS Ammomaster and a RCBS turret press. I got rid of my single stage presses after I decided I liked the ability to have a set of dies already installed and ready to go.
     
  10. mdi

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    [/QUOTE]I totally agree---with tools and firearms (S&W revolvers and 1911s).[/QUOTE]

    I have worked with hand tools all my working life and I don't purchase tools by the name, the color, who uses them, or the cost. I have purchases tools from Harbor Frieght up to Snap-On and MAC. I buy tools that do their intended job well...
     
  11. TheTinMan

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    Forster Coax for bottle necked rifle cartridges
    Hornady LNL progressive for known-good pistol loads, but I re-size and de-prime on Hornady single stage
    Lyman turret press for pistol load development.
     
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  12. James Fonteneaux

    James Fonteneaux Member

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    Started with a Hornady single stage.
    Currently use:
    Hornady Single stage: Small batch loading (30-06), load development.
    Lee Classic Single stage: Universal decapping die, less mess with punched out primers, inexpensive versitle tool
    2 Hornady LnL progressive presses. One set to large primers, one set to small.
    Dillon SDB .40 press. Because you can't be a real reloader without a Dillon :D (Tongue firmly in cheek)
     
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  13. frogfurr

    frogfurr Member

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    I have a Redding T7, a RCBS JR. and a Dillon 550C. The Dillon 550c is sweet. I switch between 45acp and 9mm a lot. I like the advantage of the 550c for it's simplicity and it's ease and quickness of change overs with an optional tool head. My 550c has truly uncomplicated my reloading hobby and made it more enjoyable. I don't need feeders. I need something I can set up quickly and produce the caliber I need. That's the speed in my 550c.
     
  14. MikeInOr

    MikeInOr Member

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    I consider my Dilon 650 a simple progressive even though it has a case feeder. I consider a mass production progressive to be an electrically or pneumatically operated press.

    I have a RockChuck too, I just hardly ever use it.
     
  15. lordpaxman

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    I refuse to take the poll and call my progressive “simple”.
     
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  16. rayatphonix

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    Redding T7 for pistols and decapping. CH single stage (2) and MEC Marksman. 2 handgun calibers and 17 or 18 rifle calibers.
     
  17. Catpop

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    So sorry for you
     
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  18. lightman

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    I load my pistol ammo, 223, 308 and 30 Carbine on a Dillon 550. The RockChucker is the workhorse on my bench and loads my hunting and Varmint ammo. My Benchrest ammo is loaded with Wilson Dies on an Arbor press.

    I would love to have a Star Progressive, just because...........
     
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  19. Mark_Mark

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    was a Joke, don’t be mean
     
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  20. Big Wes

    Big Wes Member

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    I have four presses Dillon SDB, 550B, 650, and a Mec Metallic single stage.
     
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  21. Mark_Mark

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    I find this room very satisfying to look at. Just the right amount of relaxation and a vacation from the world. Were the cup of hot Joe?
     
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  22. Skgreen

    Skgreen Member

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    My needs are rather simple. My LNL AP does all I need it to do using anywhere from 1 to all 5 stations.

    I still break out the RC IV every now and then,,, if for nothing more than a change of pace.
     
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  23. CoalCrackerAl

    CoalCrackerAl Member

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    With the cold coming. I'll be sipping on hot chocolate. Thanks for the the complement on the room too.
     
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  24. HOWARD J

    HOWARD J Member

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    Rockshucker
    Dillon 450
    Dillon 550 before they had owners manual- quit using after got rid of UZI
    Lee pro 1000
    Lee turret 3 hole
    now using lee 4 hole classic
     
  25. JD Fla1

    JD Fla1 Member

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    set up on the bench
    1) T7 - considered simple turret? as was, what I checked.
    2) Lee breechlock challenger- using for odd simple tasks the T7 is not allocated for.
    3) but didn't record in - Lee ABLP - decap wonder for pistol cartridges, love the case collator.
     
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