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« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2013, 09:45:06 PM »

That is excellent advice.   I haven't even thought of a single stage.  I don't plan to be loading thousands of rounds at a time, so I think this is something I will look into.  What model RCBS do you have?   
I believe it is called "the rock chucker"
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« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2013, 03:29:51 PM »

That is excellent advice.   I haven't even thought of a single stage.  I don't plan to be loading thousands of rounds at a time, so I think this is something I will look into.  What model RCBS do you have?   
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« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2013, 02:24:33 PM »

I have a RCBS setup and it is well over 20 years old, still works great. This is not a progressive press it is single stage only. There are a lot of good progressive presses out there. I would stick to name brands such as RCBS, Lyman and Lee.

Progressive presses are good for pistol but not for rifle since precision is more important than production speed. I would use a progressive loader to make pistol and perhaps 5.56 for training and plinking. But I would use a single stage press for my .308 Win and 30-06 for target and hunting loads.

Like I said, I have had a single stage press for over 20 years and have not felt the need to move to a progressive loader to speed up production.  I have loaded 9mm, .357 Mag, .44 Mag, 7.62x39, .308 Win, 30-06. I can load about 100 9mm rounds and hour all stages. But I do not usually do all stages at the same setting, I generally break it out into sessions. First is easy I setup the brass cleaner load it and wait for it to finish. Second session I will size and deprime and most likely reprime the cases. These stages don't take concentration and you can watch a movie while doing it. The final stage I pay attention, load the powder 50 at a time then seat the bullet.

I have standard steel dies for .357 and 44, I have the carbide dies for the 9mm and 7.62x39 and I use precision dies for .308 aI traded in my 30-06 precision dies (big mistake) when I moved to .308 for my long distance shooting. I do not currently reload 5.56/.223 but my dad does and I think I will soon due to the cost increase and scarcity of ammo. Be advised that components are now scarce and prices are increasing too.

Recommendations, a good press, a good powder dispenser and good scale. Also a good hand priming tool, I use a Lee. I have loaded 1,00's of rounds and would be happy to answer any specific questions, here or via email.  richard.a.wallis@gmail.com
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« on: January 26, 2013, 10:11:31 PM »

I an considering getting a reloading press and equipment.  I have never reloaded any and I am unsure which press is right for me.  Any suggestions as to which is a good quality press for a beginner?  I was looking at the lee 3 and 4 hole setups.  Not looking to sink a lot into it but I do want something that can load rifle and handgun brass. 
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