So I have decided that I am in need of a progressive press.Â The main thing keeping me from practicing my shooting more is the fact that for guns other than .22LR, I’m either stuck paying in limbs for ammo, or spending hours at the reloading press.Â I can reload about 50 to 60 rounds per hours with the single stage press.Â What takes me an hour to load, I can shoot in 10 minutes.Â This has to change, especially if I get into action shooting sports.
I know there will be myriads of folks who will say “You just need a Dillon.” but Dillons are expensive, and while I like the idea of a no-nonsense warranty, for all practical purposes, I’m not likely to need unusual warranty service.Â I’ve had a reader who has graciously offered to send me his Lee Pro 1000 that he’s no longer using, and it’s a tempting offer, since I’m already using their stuff, and it’s working fine for me.Â But if I choose Lee, and make an investment in caliber kits, I could be sinking money into something I might just decide to upgrade later.Â Should I go whole hog, and just get a quality press?Â If I go that route, I’m torn between the Hornady Lock-N-Load AP, and the Dillon XL 650
Here’s what I want to reload, in order of volume:
- .44 Spl/Magnum
- .223 Remington
- 6.8 SPC Remington
Now if I have to do 6.8 and 30-06 on the single stage, I’m not going to be all that broken up.Â Though, the 6.8 would be nice to do on the progressive, if only because I would shoot it more if reloading speed weren’t an issue.Â I’ve been considering this review of all three progressive presses, which says good things about the LNL AP.Â I’ve also been looking at Chris’ review, and also here and here, which is largely favorable to the Hornady.
What to do, what to do.