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Which Brand of Progressive Press?

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Unread 03-24-2009, 09:23 PM
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Which Brand of Progressive Press?

I am looking at purchasing a progressive press, and was curious to see what everyones opinions are on the presses out there. I will primarly be loading 45 ACP, but would like to be able to easily use the same press for varmint rifle calibers like 204, 223, and 243. I have heard great things about the Dillon 550 and 650, but are they worth the extra money, or can I get by with the cheaper models like the Lee 1000 or similar?

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    Unread 03-24-2009, 09:27 PM
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    Re: Which Brand of Progressive Press?

    I have a Dillon 550B and love it. I load 9mm up through .223 with absolutely no issues. To be fair, I have not used the cheaper presses.
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    Re: Which Brand of Progressive Press?

    Try something in between ($-wise) like the Hornady LNL AP, especially if you want to load rifle cartridges.

    Here is a link to a comparison between Dillon, Hornady and Lee progressive presses:

    http://www.comrace.ca/cmfiles/dillon...Comparison.pdf

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    Re: Which Brand of Progressive Press?

    Thanks for the great info on that link. That definitely helps.

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    Re: Which Brand of Progressive Press?

    I have the Hornady LNL , with the brass feeder . it is about 3 years old . it has been trouble free . I would buy it again . I only use it for 45 acp . if you're loading pistol , do get the micro adjust powder insert . the Hornady powder through neck expander did not expand enough for me to load cast lead bullets , it should be ok for jacketed . so I use a regular expander die . Jim
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    Re: Which Brand of Progressive Press?

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    The Hornady powder through neck expander did not expand enough for me to load cast lead bullets; it should be ok for jacketed . So, I use a regular expander die .
    You'll need to check with Hornady, but I believe they did some redesign on that particular expander (45 ACP). If so, they may replace it for you.

    +1 Hornady AP. Better powder system. Quick changeover. Fixed die head. Auto-indexing. There's not much not to like.
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    You'll need to check with Hornady, but I believe they did some redesign on that particular expander (45 ACP). If so, they may replace it for you.

    +1 Hornady AP. Better powder system. Quick changeover. Fixed die head. Auto-indexing. There's not much not to like.
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    thanks , I'll check on that . Jim
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