Re: First reloading press suggestions
I started loading in '65 with a smallish Lyman Spar-T that's still going strong. I now have five presses and my main press since '87 has been a 'Chucker. It's an okay tool but it's highly over-rated in comparision to others; used intelligently they all make equally good ammo and all will outlast virtually anyone. I have seen photos of RCs with the top strap broken - seems nothing is fool proof for a sufficently determined fool! IF I had to replace my old RC next week it would be with the excellant (iron bodied) Lee Classic Cast; it's an equal or better press in every respect, regardless of cost. Hornady presses's have heavy alum alloy bodies so I would expect them to last as long and work as well as any in its class.
Speed has no place in my reloading so I have no use for additional expensive gadgets like quick die change bushings. Normal lock rings properly retain die settings quite well and I can screw swap my dies in much less than a minute without hurrying anyway; that means two or three minutes, total, in a normal loading session. That's plenty fast enough not to eat up too much of my day. YMMV.