Originally Posted by Ian M
Right now I am comparing three progressive presses, the Dillon 550B, RCBS Pro-2000 and the Hornad Lock n Load. Damned if they don't all make excellent three oh ate ammo [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
Ending up with a whole bunch of ammo, 168 A-Max is the test bullet, new Hornady match brass, Varget and Win. primers. Now we will just have to go out and shoot this stuff.
Hornady is fastest, because it is auto-indexing and a real nice press.
Each has it warts and good points. Manuals could be better on the average. Going to end up making several hundred rounds by the time I am through. Right now a newbie appears to be able to load 25 rounds in about 7-8 minutes from scratch, faster with the Hornady.
Though this is an 8 year old thread, Ian, how did the ammo you produced with these presses perform? I have always been under the impression that progressives don't give you the same level of control, therefore quality/consistency of a single stage press.
The auto powder drop is what really concerns me the most. I weigh every charge to within +/- .05 grains or less. The .1 gr hashmarks on my old 20-10 scale are 1/16" apart, several times the width of the beam's pointer line. My charges never vary the width of the line. 1 kernel of Varget makes it move.
I see other users' comments where they say they are producing .5 MOA rifle ammo with the progressives, yet someone said that theirs throws powder with .25 gr variance. Not sure how that is possible.
I'm sure using one for the volume of pistol rounds is justified, but I'm really wondering about long range rifle ammo.