Which press to buy

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  1. hunte567

    hunte567 New Member

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    Im new to this and want to start reloading. I want to reload 9mm, 30-06, and 7mag. Im not sure which reloader will do all three. I think the lee turret will but I want to be sure before I start spending any money. Any help yall can give me would be great. Thanks, Neil
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    Welcome to TFF Neil ! Take a read on the sticky threads at the top of the reloading forum. LD has put together some great must reads. First step in reloading is to read a couple of manuals first before buying any equiptment. This will make chosing a press much easier for you. Do you know any local reloaders? A few hands on lessons and getting familiar with the process would be ideal.

    The Lee turret will do them all. What is your anticipated 9mm usage? If you're going to do high volume 9mm, then the time factor comes into play.

    There's much to consider, so if you could give a little more detail on these specifics, we'll answer whatever questions you may have in order to get you heading in the right direction for you.

    Budget -
    Purpose,ie hunting, plinking, benchrest -
    Volume -
    any future calibers you may load -


    Semper Fi,

    Woolley
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    Hey Woolley, thanks for the quick reply. There are some guys my gun range that im going to talk to this week. They were'nt sure about which press to use for the 7 mag. I use it mainly for hunting, but I like going to the long range and shooting. As far as budget im trying to stay as inexpensive as I can. I dont use alot of 9mm but if I can make them, I bet I'll shoot more. I'll like to get dies for 9mm, 30-06, 7mag, 243 and later on 380. Thanks for the help, Neil
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    Sounds like a good single stage will fit your needs nicely. And is the easiest to learn on too. I started on a LEE anniversary kit and it served me well, and was still functioning strong the day I sold it on ebay after I bought better equipment. I use a good mixture of all manufacterers. Lee dies exclusively, RCBS press, Lyman 55 powder drop, RCBS scale, etc etc etc. And I reload about a dozen different cartridges. Both pistol and rifle.
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    Better than LEE? Why, that must be blasphemy!

    LDBennett
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    I also use the Lee turret press, and I love it. No changing dies, and no adjustments. I reload .38, and .357. If you only have one set of dies, you must adjust them each time you switch calibers. With the turret press, just buy another turret, and another set of dies, and you are set to reload both calibers with no adjustments being necessary. Changing form one caliber to another is easy, just change out the turrets, and you are ready to reload.
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    The Lee Classic Turret will handle all you want to do. For loading the rifle calibers you can deactivate the auto advance and go single stage. Put it back in auto advance for your pistol loads and you'll be cranking out 100's of rounds an hour.
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    Thanks guys for all the help
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    Yeah i meant it. RCBS does make a better press IMO. and scales too.

    Cant beat LEE dies tho, unless you buy redding. Nuttn better than redding.
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    Only thing blasphemous IMO is spending a buncha unnessary money on a buncha blue paint..

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    Now Now boys, lets play nice. We all know LD secretly longs for a LEE press and JLA is just a pussy cat!:D:rolleyes:
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    I agree that it sounds like a single stage press will work for you. I am using the same LEE single stage that I started with about 35 years ago, and it is still going strong. I load all of my rifle cartridges on it and a few pistol rounds. I do have one of those blue presses that I use for 9mm, .38, .40, and .45.
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    And its still covered in that wonderful shade of crimson isnt it..;)

    Shhh, dont tell.. :)
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    Im just getting started in reloading can yall tell me what im going to need other than the press, dies, bullets, primers. I want to start getting what I need. Thanks again for the help.
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    Best thing to do is have a notepad and make a list as you read through the manuals. Since you're doing rifle, you'll need a trimmer, but not right away. You'll need lube, lube pad and I'd recommend a trickler too. Case neck brushes, primer pocket cleaner, deburr tool. ( I have 3 rcbs deburr tools, drop me your addy and I'll save you a few bucks )
    You'll also need a tumbler and media. Depending on the press, you may want to hand prime or add a priming system.
    Scale is a must have, digital or beam is ok either way, just make sure that is a purpose made reloading scale. If there is one tool that you DO NOT skimp on, it's your scale.

    There will be more added to this list I'm sure, so start your list and start some research online to find the best pricing.

    Best of Luck to ya and we'll be here to answer any more questions you got !

    Woolley
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    AS for the tumbler, I have a spare sitting in the corner of the garage with a bunch of walnut media and polish. PM if you want to work something out I'd be willing to give you a steal on it.

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    Hunte567- I would advise you to travel to other web sites where shooters compete, such as USPSA,IPSC,IDPA,CAS,long range shooting,hi-power shooting, just to give you some ideas.
    Reading, browsing those web sites will give insight of what equipment is being used today by modern shooters and reloaders.
    You must enlighten yourself before purchasing anything, such as how much shooting, how little shooting,what kind of and of course caliber.
    Go to Dillon web sites, there you will find shooters and reloaders. They make the finest reloading equipment next to RCBS, they both give you NO BS GUARANTEE for life! Read it again A NO BS guarantee for life!
    I dont work for them. I use some of their stuff.
    There is Hornady,Lyman, Redding,a few small others and Lee. Lee makes nice presses for the casual reloader, they are inexpensive. You must learn to read before you buy. Redding,Lee,Lyman, Hornady make a turret press,BUT NOT THE SAME WAY. Find out the differences of the presses for your use. Good luck! Lee
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