Which progressive reloading kit?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by WizardM, Nov 10, 2008.

  1. WizardM

    WizardM Active Member

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    Hi guys. I'm using Winchester 300 WSM Supreme bullet for my deer hunting. I'm also paying 'premium' price per box for the ammo. I wasted so many boxes of these premium bullets to zero in my new Nightforce scope. I think I should've spent the money on a reloading kit instead. I have never reload my own ammo before, I did some research online, seems progressive reloading press is the way to go for quick and bulk reloading to cut down the cost and time. Any suggestion on which progressive kit to buy? I know single stage kit is much cheaper, but I don't think I have the patient or time to measure every single bullet.

    Any input is really appreciated.
     
  2. jwp475

    jwp475 Well-Known Member

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    Dillion 550 or 650 take your pick
     

  3. B23

    B23 Well-Known Member

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    I've used a Dillion 550 for pistol ammo but I don't think I would use one for rifle stuff if I was looking for great accuracy.
     
  4. Winchester 69

    Winchester 69 Well-Known Member

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    What has given you the idea that single-stage reloading requires measuring "every single bullet?" A copy of "The ABC's of Reloading" will be beneficial to you.

    BTW, for most people, sighting in a scope doesn't require boxes of ammunition.
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  5. jwp475

    jwp475 Well-Known Member

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    David Tubbs doesn't have any trouble loading accurate ammo on Dillion progressive machines.. His record in competion speaks for the accuracy of his ammo and Dillion presses IMHO
     
  6. 7mmSendaro

    7mmSendaro Well-Known Member

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    Come on, he came here asking for help, not criticism.

    I have very good luck loading .223 ammo on my Dillon 550B but I do load my bigger stuff on a single stage. Once you get a system down, you can load very efficiently on a single stage press. The only real advantage of a single stage press is being able to measure and "trickle" every powder charge.
     
  7. jwp475

    jwp475 Well-Known Member

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    You can measure on a progressive as well. It will slow down the production rate is all
     
  8. WizardM

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    My main goal for reloading myself is to cut down the cost, so I can enjoy more shooting, either on the range or on the field. Should I start up with single stage press then eventually upgrade to progressive press? Or maybe just bite the bullet to invest in a progressive kit to get over with it? Thanks.
     
  9. WizardM

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    Hi, 7mmSendaro, do you find reloading big bore bullet on a single stage press more efficient than a progressive one? If precise control is what you want, what about time spend on reloading them? Does it takes much longer time to reload on a single stage press?
     
  10. Eaglet

    Eaglet Well-Known Member

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    +1 +2 +3 + + + + amen!!!!!!!!!
     
  11. Troutslayer

    Troutslayer Well-Known Member

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    LOL That's what I was thinking.
     
  12. Winchester 69

    Winchester 69 Well-Known Member

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    I don't consider giving a person an idea of where his deficiencies lay to be criticism. Telling him to get a progressive reloading press will not improve his situation and could get him hurt.

    Wizard, you need to learn a lot more before you make decisions regarding reloading equipment, which was my purpose in recommending the book. You should also get a reloading manual, Lyman's is good, as well as Speer's and Hornady's, and it will give you a much better of idea of what constitutes reloading before you attempt it. Start out with a single-stage press, as too much is going on simultaneously with a progressive. Until your reloading volume is adequate to require a progressive (which would be considerable), stay with the simpler process.

    BTW, Hornady is making a pretty decent progressive press these days. You should be able to make your own decisions when the time comes.
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  13. WizardM

    WizardM Active Member

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    Thanks for the honest advice Winchester 69. I will go and get a couple of relaoding manual first to get a thorough understanding of reloading before I jump in to anything.
     
  14. Winchester 69

    Winchester 69 Well-Known Member

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    I'm glad you understand the intent of my postings. I apologize for being undiplomatic, but your needs weren't being met, and I wanted for you to realize that.

    You will have questions as you learn, and there are a number of forums on which to post them.
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