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Which Reloader?

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Unread 08-16-2007, 02:34 PM
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Which Reloader?

I am buying a new reloader and wanted to consult the forum as to which one to get. The general recommendation of the people around here is a Dillon. What is yours?
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Unread 08-16-2007, 08:17 PM
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Depends if you want extreme precision or volume.
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Unread 08-17-2007, 11:52 AM
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I had a dillion but I did not get the accuracy out of it like a RCBS press. Problem with dillion progressive is it's a automatic powder charge. would be a pain to pull case out evey time to trickle powder just right. Never really tested to see how accurate the charge was with each type of powder but my groups definitly got smaller when I went back to a single stage operation. the RL550 would be great for an AR or pistol but for accuracy i would not use one...JMO
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Unread 08-17-2007, 12:52 PM
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I have a lyman turret press and love it.The primer feed is great and there is not any slop in the handle what so ever.I can load 100 shell and they might be off 0.010 from the first to the last.
“If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting.”
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Unread 08-17-2007, 02:40 PM
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I have both a dillon and a old rcbs A2. I use the dillon for 223rem and handgun bullets. I use the rcbs for more precision loads not requiring near the volume to be reloaded. It depends on how much your going to be loading and how precise you want to get on your powder.
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Unread 08-17-2007, 10:03 PM
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I had a Dillon and a Hornady progressive. They worked ok, but I never got used to them. I don't shoot much pistol, and I don't shoot match or service rifle matches any more, so I went back to what I'm comfortable with. I use a Rockchucker and a Big Max, and turn cases over in the loading block after each operation. The main thing is that after dropping powder, I look in the mouth of every case before seating bullets. I never got comfortable not looking into every case.
The Big Max is good for bullet seating the big Weatherbys. I don't have to tip the bullet up into the seater die, can just set them in the case mouth and stroke.
For high volume loading, the Dillon is good and they have good parts and tech support. Anything else, I would stay with a regular "O" frame press, a hand primer seater and a digital scale (keep your beam scale for the last word). Choice of powder measure is up to you. I have never had one that threw charges within 1/10th grain consistently. With a trickler into a scale pan you can finish every load to a 1/10th grain easily.

My opinion; what works for me. Tom
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Unread 08-18-2007, 02:13 AM
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What type of shooting are you going to be doing? I have the Hornady API and it's accurate enough for me. Accuracy, like recoil, is a subjective thing. I loaded some .270 Winchester for a friend once and he went on and on about how they were the most accurate bullets he'd ever shot. I never target shot with him, so I don't know his definition of "accurate".
I haven't used mine in about 3 yrs now, but plan on doing so shortly. I usually don't load that kinda volume for either pistol or rifle. Whatever you plan on loading with it, make sure you have about 500-1000 rounds of supplies (i.e., cases, bullets, primers and powder) readily on hand. To me it's not worth cranking those presses up for less.
With that said, for most of my reloading, which includes load development, hunting, self and home defense, I use a RCBS RS-5. I have my Dad's RCBS Rockchucker as a spare, in case mine gives out.
So, what kind of ammo are you looking to reload with this new press? JohnnyK.
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