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Old 11-18-2014, 10:13 AM
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Looks like I'll be getting a press for Christmas! My wife just wants to know what to order. I've been saving brass since I was 15 and have a few now. Never reloaded before. I'm looking at a Dillon 550. Any schooling you guys can offer is welcomed.
I will load both rifle and pistol, several cals of each. I do not need to post a reloads per hour number for bragging rights.
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Old 11-19-2014, 10:10 AM
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Dillon is a great press (many consider it the best)! I suggest a second single stage also (hard to fault a good ole Rockchucker) as many times a single stage is so much easier to deal with especially in load development. I hope you know what kind of addiction your getting yourself into!
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Old 11-19-2014, 04:35 PM
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Thanks Kevin! Shawn and his Dad have a 650 but I don't think I'll ever need that kind of production capability. I was beginning to wonder if I'd brought up a subject that was taboo with all the responses!!
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Thanks Kevin! Shawn and his Dad have a 650 but I don't think I'll ever need that kind of production capability. I was beginning to wonder if I'd brought up a subject that was taboo with all the responses!!
There is a couple folks her that reload. Not sure what kind of resources you have but for bullets i order most of mine from grafs.com They will be on your doorstep in a couple days!
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Old 11-20-2014, 09:39 AM
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The Dillon is great for mass production of pistol ammo, however I am with UB that a single stage is better for load work up. Also for any precision rifle stuff I like the single stage.
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Old 11-22-2014, 09:28 AM
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Spent some time at Cabela's and Sportsman's yesterday trying to get an idea of different reloading brands. They seem to keep it pretty confusing with all the "option" pkgs. BrianEnos.com has a starter kit for the RL550B. If I go that route I think I'll have all my starter stuff and add a single stage, press only, after the initial hit. Every person I've spoken with says single stage for their hunting rifles.
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Old 11-22-2014, 07:20 PM
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I have a Rockchucker and a Lee single stage. I'm but just a novice yet. Only loaded a little over 100 rounds. I bought the Rockchucker kit. The Lee belonged to my father and is in a box somewhere.

12 gauge press on the other hand has seen 10's of thousands

Personally I can see taking the time to reload for any of my firearms that have an aggressive appetite. .223/556, .380, 9mm and even 45acp is not that bad to buy when you consider the time to reload.

But the .41mag, .270, .30-06 are worth reloading for me.
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Old 11-23-2014, 09:44 AM
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Yeah, This can't be justified from an economic point of view. But then I would have to look way to hard at fly fishing, hunting, even my 100 if it was all about ROI!! Looking at more a little hobby while the streams are frozen and spring turkey is a ways off.
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i've been using a rockchucker for a couple of decades. it's easy and indestructible. also when loading single vs progressive, you have a lot better control. sometimes the powder drop adjustment will shift, or a primer won't seat correctly. you will catch things like that if you are doing single. in progressive, you may not.

as for time to reload, i have everything mounted on a board and i clamp the board to the table in front of the tv.
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i've been using a rockchucker for a couple of decades. it's easy and indestructible. also when loading single vs progressive, you have a lot better control. sometimes the powder drop adjustment will shift, or a primer won't seat correctly. you will catch things like that if you are doing single. in progressive, you may not.

as for time to reload, i have everything mounted on a board and i clamp the board to the table in front of the tv.
I have been using a Rock Checker for many years and love it. Ige is right about the issues between progressives versus single stage. Also if you are going to be loading up rifle I recommend spending the extra money to get the Redding Competition dies. They are easier to use and you get a quality round.
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