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    Boolit Master Rapier's Avatar
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    Interesting post, I have a few presses, started with a Lyman Tong Tool, still have one for my go bag, with a set of dies, dipper, a Lyman 38 cal 158 SWC plain base mould and lube cutter made from a cut off 38-55 case wrapped with speed tape. Probably the most unusual press I have is the Metalic II Posess/Warren progressive. Works like a single stage, with a swing arm shell holder, primer feed tube and a powder throw mounted on top. I primarily use it to load cast in bottle neck cases with spherical buffer with a Little Dandy. On the right side on the bench.

    There are 6 other presses (2 RCs, a 550 B, 3 MECs) plus two sizer lubers on the bench.Been loading since 62.
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    Just ordered a new MEC Marksman. My Rockchucker is being given to my son in law. So I'll have 2 single stages. The MEC and a Redding Big Boss 2. I have a Dillon 550B that I think is going to be put up for sale. Just doesen't see enough use anymore.

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    I wouldn't sell the 550, It's there for when you want to produce quantity. Don't know when you bought it but, to replace it in today's market is expensive. I have four Dillons and it doesn't bother me if they sit idle for awhile. They are there if I need them, it's not like I have to feed them like a growing child. JMHO!

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    Quote Originally Posted by doulos View Post
    Just ordered a new MEC Marksman. My Rockchucker is being given to my son in law. So I'll have 2 single stages. The MEC and a Redding Big Boss 2. I have a Dillon 550B that I think is going to be put up for sale. Just doesen't see enough use anymore.
    I know how you feel. I have been downsizing for a few years and it was tough getting rid of presses I did not "need".

    My advice is to keep the 550 for a bit longer. It is nice to have one good progressive just in case.

    Like Big Wes posted, they are not getting cheaper, and they will not do down in value.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dverna View Post
    I know how you feel. I have been downsizing for a few years and it was tough getting rid of presses I did not "need".

    My advice is to keep the 550 for a bit longer. It is nice to have one good progressive just in case.

    Like Big Wes posted, they are not getting cheaper, and they will not do down in value.
    Thanks guys
    I might hang on to it a while longer. I always seem to use my single stage presses constantly. But have not really been shooting the calibers I load up on the 550B lately.
    I must admit the MEC was a impulse buy. Ive been intrigued by them for a few years. And when my son inlaw told me he was looking at presses I told him don't bother take this Rockchucker. And I immediately replaced it with the MEC which should be here tommorrow.

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    My single stage presses include a Jr3, Rock Chucker and a Summit. Best improvement IMO is the Hornady LnL bushing setup. It’s hardly a gimmick. There’s no difference in consistency with or without. The ammunition produced is outstanding with 0.3 moa bolt action loads and sub 0.5 moa AR loads in capable rifles. If I need to repair a cartridge before loading or pull a bullet, it only takes literally a second to swap dies. The RC and Summit are both equipped with the Hornady system along with all of the dies I use in single stage presses.
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    Back to just two RC Supremes, a LCT, and Lee APP. Couldn’t be happier. Sold off a 750, 550c, and two more turrets. Just loading 38 WCs and 32 Longs. Life is good.
    I'll be needing that for squirrels and such.....

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BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
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