turret style press vs. progressive style press

country_boy

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Im looking to upgrade from a single stage press to either one of these presses for reloading. Im leaning towards a 4 hole turret lee press. What would yall recommend?
 

44Mo

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What are you loading - pistol or rifle?
How many rounds a month are you expecting to load?
These two items must be considered before buying a press.
 

country_boy

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I reload both. 85% pistol than rifle.

I reload about 3 times a month, that single press just takes up a lot of time reloading pistol cases.
 

44Mo

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Well if most of your loading is going to be pistol ammo then a progressive is the only way to go - IMO.
I load about 90% pistol and 10% rifle and most days at the loading bench I crank out 500 + rounds, so a turret press is just to slow. IMO a turret press is great for cranking out lots of rifle ammo but just too many steps to quickly turn out pistol ammo.
I'm a old time re-loader and still using an old Hornaday Pro-jector. But one of the best presses I have ever owned. I keep a Lee progressive set up for 9mm only because I feel the Lee's are just to light weight for large case re-loading (44mag, 45LC, ect...)
IMO a Hornaday or Dillion are the best progressive presses out there.
Hope this helps and keep loadin them bullets.
 

Rifleman55

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Buy a Dillon and never look back, I use a SDB for my pistol ammo and a Single stage for rifle ammo, I would like a Dillon 650 but cannot justify the expense at this time. A 550 is a good press also.
 

oldcop041

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Several years ago I had a Lee progressive and liked it. I am getting back into reloading, but I got a Lee Classic Turret this time. I got it set up last night and I think it will handle my reloading needs.
I believe you can turn out about 150 rounds or better and hour once you get accustomed to the process.
I am going to load .45ACP, 9mm and .38/.357.
Maybe I am a dummy (don't ask my wife's opinion on that), but some of the Lee set up instructions are a little vague. They do have a good website and excellent support. Anyway, I got it going without too much trouble.
 

oldcop041

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country boy
Well - the Challenger is a single stage press! ;)Actually, it was minor stuff. For example, the instructions did not show how to mount the Safety Prime to the turret press. The video showed you use a round washer and the supplied extra long bolt. No extra long bolt and washer were supplied. Turned out that they had changed the mount using a metal spacer, a metal mounting piece and the standard bolt. When I mounted it with the spacer, it was fine. There were a couple of other minor details like that.
 
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