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View Poll Results: Which press do you use/own?

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Thread: Which press do you use?

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    Boolit Master

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    Which press do you use?

    Which do you use most?
    Which do you have on your loading bench?
    Mark all that you own/use.

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    My press is the CO-ax, single stage, very precise, prolly just as fast as a turret to change dies and no shell holders, no turrets to buy.

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    I use my Dillon 650 to produce most of my high quantity loads. I have a metal table 3'x3' on wheels with a RCBS 3, 2 jr, and two Rockers mounted on each corner to process components reloading and for swaging.

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    Boolit Grand Master

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    3 Lyman turret presses and a iron Lee single stage and a Lee cheapie single stage fro priming. All set up on slide in mounts with extra turrets.

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    I still keep my 2 single stage presses (1 for rifle brass & 1 for bullet sizing) & a turret (for pistol cals I wont buy conversion kits for) even if I mostly run my 2 550s (1 sp & 1 lp).
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    Lyman Spartan and a Lee hand press at present.

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    The Dillon 550 does most of the work. I use a Lee ABLP for runs of 50 to 100. About the only thing the Lee Classic Cast single stage gets used for is using a collet to pull bullets. I used to use it for loading 357 and 41 Magnums with H110. Then I figured out how to stop the Dillon powder measure from leaking and it now loads the Magnums.
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    Dillon 550 in progressive mode for AR and handgun ammo.

    For rifles I run one case at a time through the 4 stations and I weight each charge.

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    Last edited by bikerbeans; 09-18-2019 at 05:15 PM.

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    Rockchucker for serious rifle work, Lee cheapie for misc. and a 550 set up for large primers and a 550 set up for small primers.

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    I have both a single stage Co-Ax and 2 Lyman S/T Turret on my bench use them all But like the Co-ax the most
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    I use all 3. I produce the most ammo on my progressive but spend more actual time on my single stage and turret.

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    Quote Originally Posted by osteodoc08 View Post
    I use all 3. I produce the most ammo on my progressive but spend more actual time on my single stage and turret.
    Ditto here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MT Chambers View Post
    My press is the CO-ax, single stage, very precise, prolly just as fast as a turret to change dies and no shell holders, no turrets to buy.
    Me too! I have 3 other press's, but use the Forester most of the time. Hc18flyer

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    I've got a Hornady single stage for all rifle loading, and set it up for doing increments of 500- or 1000 at a time for each cal.

    I only load handguns on a Hornady AP progressive.
    I'll set it up for doing 2-3,000 at a time.

    Once I'm done for awhile, usually having made ammo to last about 2 years,
    then I'll pack them away and reclaim my welding table.
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    I only do low-volume handloading these days, so it's all done on a single stage.

    For the time being, common handgun and AR blasting ammo is cheap enough that it's not worth my time to mess with loading it. I do stock comps for 9mm and 5.56, though, just in case.

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    2 SS rifle Co-Ax and Rock Chucker
    2 SS shotgun both PW375's
    2 550's
    2 1050's
    1 PW 800+

    That is after downsizing LOL


    Been thinking about getting rid of the 1050's....or maybe one each of the 550 and 1050. Just not shooting like I used to; plus I have a lot more time now that I am retired.
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    Got a rockchucker on the bench, RCBS JR2 reversed for bullet sizing upside down, A Savage straight 8 for decapping brass , and a cheap alum. lee for my wife to install primers on. all single stage.

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    Lee turret, Lee Classic single stage and the a cheap Lee single stage that I started reloading with. Once it cools down Iíll cast more bullets and get back to reloading. Right now itís 99* with the humidity making it feel 103*


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    All three types and I don't even know how many I have,,,,,,,
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    Yeah, I dig the humidity, mine are in the 2nd story of my shop. A lot of seating & prep goes on in front of the TV though, a Foster trimmer/turner & a cheap Lee hand press.
    Others on the bench:
    MEC 650
    CH Champion for case forming & swaging
    the Dillon 550B for bulk
    a RCBS turret for sizing brass, none but sizer dies mounted & set for the various rifles
    a Lyman Truline jr not mounted yet for cast sizing & neck sizers
    a Lyman single stage not mounted for case mouths & seaters.
    a Lyman 450 sizer for cast

    Frankly most of the work is done with the Lee hand press....
    I have a rabbetted insert block in between the Dillon & the RCBS to swap mount things like the neck turner, MEC shell sizer, & Aux presses, handier than a shirt pocket.

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