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Discussion in 'Ammo & Reloading' started by NikatKimber, Nov 30, 2009.
I got ya, I'm not a fan of the primer stage myself. I hand prime also
I use 3 different single stage presses = Redding Big Boss II - MEC Marksman - Lyman Brass Smith C Press and use them for different functions. I chose this set up because I load mainly Rifle Cartridges. If I were loading mainly pistol loads I would choose a Press such as the Dillion 550.
I use the LEE Bench Prime System and Like it.
Also the Hornady Bullet Comparator / Headspace Gage set is very helpful because when loading rifle cartridges it is better to use the bullet Ogive as the measuring reference point. The bullet tips can vary several thousandths of an inch due to manufacturing or damage from mis-handling.
I use an RCBS Rock Chucker single stage press. I would love to have a Dillon, but just don't shoot enough to justify the expense... I have a Lee reloading press (the little inexpensive C type) mounted on a portable stand that I sometimes use in the house if it's too hot or cold to work in the barn, and a Lee hand press that I only used once or twice but haven't used either of the Lees in quite a while, I might post either/both of those in the Pay-It-Forward thread if someone offers something I really want.
I like RCBS products and have RCBS Rifle Dies.
I do not shoot enough pistol to justify the need for a Dillon 550.
You are correct that Reloading can become very expensive just like most hobbies.
In my case I reload to produce the rifle ammo that shoots well in my particular rifles. Also I have not forgot several years back when the shelves were EMPTY of Ammo for several months. I'm definitely not saving money when the Initial cost of Equipment and Accessories are factored into the equation.
[/QUOTE]What presses do you guys use??[/QUOTE]
For four years now, I've used a Lee Pro1000 progressive... it was the most affordable advanced press (larger and more complicated than a single-stage, anyway) that I could find back then. Lee's tech/operations manuals are well-written and illustrated, which made the learning curve short... after which, I've reloaded well over 35,000 rounds in those four years, with little trouble - although I did have the normal-maintenance issue of replacing a lot of the (worn out) smaller moving parts and springs after about 24,000 rounds. Coupled with the fact that I take great pains to carefully prepare the components beforehand (clean/polish the used brass, etc), and I use five quality-control checks during the reloading process, the press produces remarkably high-quality and reliable reloaded rounds. The press is in my garage workshop, and the biggest single problem I've had has been with the powder dispenser, which can become partially clogged in highly-humid (rainy) weather... which I now simply avoid when reloading.
Brass case extractor-removes cases stuck in dies
Most people upgrade their equipment as time goes by. To minimize the cost of upgrades buy the most advanced equipment you can afford. Example: electronic powder scales vs balance beam, electric case prep station vs manual case prep equipment