Re: Best Progressive Loader
I'm a big fan of a progressive reloader for pistol ammo. Case preparation is almost non-existant for pistol, pick 'em up, tumble em, and run 'em through the press for good quality ammo. Carbide dies will eliminate the need for any case lube. I've had great success loading pistol ammo this way.
Bottle neck cases, like the 30-06, are another matter. I've gotten into quite a discussion on this forum about this very thing. I maintain there are quite a few steps involved in case preparation that need to be done, and a progressive doesn't lend itself to that arena. There will be people along to tell you the opposite very shortly, but the logic behind their argument is, "That's the way I've always done it, and I've never had a problem."
I would like to point out, in defense of these people, that I do a fair share of reloading for a service rifle, which in itself has more quirks than a bolt action rifle. I'm also a journeyman toolmaker, which automatically means I'm anal.
I would advise you to pick up a current copy of the Sierra reloading manual, and read the section on reloading for gas guns. Even if you aren't reloading for a military style rifle, there are certainly enough good tips, and enough information to warrant the cost of this manual. Ultimately you will have to decide for yourself, and being armed with facts can only be a good thing.