Time Question

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by 25yretcoastie, Mar 22, 2012.

  1. 25yretcoastie

    25yretcoastie Member

    Aug 27, 2011
    Fort Pierce Fl
    I have read Lyman's twice now and I am starting to put together a shopping list. If I buy a turrent press will that increase the amount of ammo I can reload in a given time and if so by how much? I am planning to reload 30 cal carbine and 45acp.

    Thanks Guys
  2. 312shooter

    312shooter Well-Known Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    Las Vegas NV
    First off congrats on deciding on the best press for a beginner. I consistently reloaded 200 rounds per hour on my T-mag, some say its 300 but I never recommend compromising safety for speed. One thing I suggest right off the bat is a hand priming unit. If I could change one thing on the T-mag it would be that priming system, it just doesn't work. Again congrats on a good strong press that will last.
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2012

  3. CampingJosh

    CampingJosh Well-Known Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    My experience with the T-Mag II is like 312shooter describes. It's a great press except the priming system. I don't hand prime yet; instead, I handle each primer individually, placing it into the priming arm (with a pair of tweezers).

    I need to get a hand primer. Going from a primed case to a finished round takes just a couple seconds.

    Don't get a single stage. If you want to use your turret as a single stage, you can. And the turrets only cost like $15 more than the single stage (for most brands). It's worth getting the turret.
  4. sting75ray

    sting75ray Well-Known Member

    Jun 30, 2011
    I have had my T Mag turret press for over 15 years now and still using it all of the time. I started using the Lee hand primers years ago. For pistol loads I will use it as a turret press but for my rifle loads I do it all single stage still. I have Dad's old Lyman turret press that I learned how to load on years ago. It is stashed away until my daughters need it one of these days.
  5. Dirtypacman

    Dirtypacman New Member

    Mar 3, 2008
    Merrimac Valley, MA
    Dillon 550B reloading .45

    I do about 100 rounds every 20-25 minutes. So around 200-250 an hour.
  6. woolleyworm

    woolleyworm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2009
    SW Fort Worth
    As others have stated, yes it will increase your rounds per hour. You have the advantage of being able to change turret heads and you can leave your dies in perfect adjustent for a given load indefinetly. You can get two calibers set up on the T-Mag head. You'll probably triple your speed over a single stage.

    Congrats on your reading first; you'll get it right the first time and be set for life !
  7. budman46

    budman46 New Member

    Nov 3, 2008
    lee's classic cast turret beats any center-post model hands down. more flexible system with removable turrets allowing die changes in seconds, right or left-hand usage and superior used primer handling for less $$$.

    i prefer my lee classic cast turret to dillon's for most of my reloading chores for its flexiblity. for runs of 100 or more, i'll use a dillon, but my lee is superior for everything else.

    fwiw, i use lee's hand-priming tool...no one does it better!:D
  8. RustyFN

    RustyFN Member

    Oct 2, 2008
    West Virginia
    Plus the classic turret also has a great priming system unlike what the T-mag sounds like.
  9. myfriendis410

    myfriendis410 Member

    Mar 30, 2011
    Lompoc California
    I'll stick with my Square Deal B. It takes less than ten minutes to change tool heads and yet runs 500 rounds per hour without hurrying. A great powder measure and a great priming setup. The only downside is it uses it's own dies.
  10. bntyhntr6975

    bntyhntr6975 Member

    May 5, 2009
    Wichita, Ks.
    My suggestion is to not even think about how many you can make in a short time. Safety first. I use a T-mag 2 and hand prime everything. I really have no idea how long it takes to make however many rounds, but I know the finished rounds are both good and safe. Yes, the turret presses are faster than single stage, and progressive is faster than both combined. Just don't compromise safety to try to get a bunch loaded up fast, unless you want a Darwin award.
  11. jack404

    jack404 Former Guest

    Jan 11, 2010
    even when i was selling equipment a big liability factor that was pushed even by the company rep's was safety ..

    start beginners on what suits , if a guy wants to buy top line ask about experience etc

    if a guy wants to spend $2000 on the best reloading stuff get him to add 150 for a starter kit , to get a feel for reloading before he starts big ..

    i sold a lot of Lee start kits over the years i was selling , half the price of RCBS , but great kit

    a mate has one and has done 200 - 800rounds a night , every night for years ,( he's a ex ace in comp's here and that his little sideline ) has a oversized outdoor dunny shed thing, just for reloading ... i figure he's put 2 1/12 normal reloaders lifetimes worth through it ...

    i dont reload so much these days , a few .223 but even not so much of that , i'm way more BP that cartridge and if i get this .22 BP rifle happening it'll pretty much be BP except for range days and shoots
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2012
  12. Kestral

    Kestral Member

    Recently purchased T Mag,exc except for priming,luckely still have my old AA so I do all my priming & belling on that one
  13. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    I use the Lee turret press also, and I like it. I've never tried anything else in almost 40 years of reloading. I had an employer that sold reloads, and I got to run his progressive, and that was impressive. I also use the Lee primer tool, and I reload around 100 rds per hour. I go slow, and take my time. Everything has to be done in order. I check, and recheck.
  14. gun-nut

    gun-nut Member

    Jan 15, 2011
    I just wore out the priming system on my T-Mag but it still works just got to give it a little push with the finger and the primer drops in. I did however buy a new system at the gun show this past weekend. But it servred very well for thousands of rounds.
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