Finally got the safe delivered on Wednesday. Bought it at The Sportsmen’s Center over in New Jersey, which is the closest Liberty Safe Dealer to my house. It’s a Franklin 35, with brass hardware. Picked it up for $1799, and they delivered it for $225.
I also got the progressive press a reader sent me all set up and running, which I have nicknamed “The Contraption” because of its mechanical complexity. It took a good bit of work, and a few botched reloads to get everything set up correctly. It’s a Lee Pro 1000. It took a bit of tinkering and finagling to get it to work. Mainly the primer system didn’t want to feed reliably. That problem was solved by applying car wax to the feed ramp to slippery it up a bit. That seems to have done the trick. You still have to watch the tray like a hawk though, because if it’s not full, it won’t feed. Did a small run of about 50 .44 Special cases through, went to the range and shot them all, and will reload again. It seems to work fine once you get it set up, clean the feed ramp, and know what to watch out for.