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    Plinker

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    Single stage vs progressive reloading presses

    What kind of volume is needed for a progressive stage press to be worth the extra cost over a single stage? Some people say the single stage is a waste since a lot of people out grow them, but others say it's a good starting point.

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    Grandmaster 42769vette's Avatar

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    Quote Originally Posted by HoosierHunter07 View Post
    What kind of volume is needed for a progressive stage press to be worth the extra cost over a single stage? Some people say the single stage is a waste since a lot of people out grow them, but others say it's a good starting point.

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    Ive been loading for a lot of years. I guess I still havent gotten to the point I out grow my single stage. I have gotten to the point I added a progressive, but I still use my single stage as much or more than the progressive.
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    I'd look at the Lee turret press. My goal is to have a progressive press for 223 and 9mm and keep my turret press for low volume "hand loads".

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    I use my single stage and turret presses way more than I ever used a progressive. Eventually sold the progressive. This is over several hundred thousand rounds loaded over the last 25-30 years.

    If you are cranking out a lot of the same kind of ammo then a good progressive is worth the money (Dillon...). It's not a matter of outgrowing, it's a matter of what your mission is.

    Personally, I enjoy reloading just as much as I do shooting.
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    Marksman

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    How much time do you have to dedicate to reloading?
    It's not something you want to be in a rush doing, a progressive can put out more volume in a set amount of time vs single stage. I still use a single stage, but have plenty of time to put into it.

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    I think it comes down to what I think you are asking: volume. If you shoot a lot, being able to load rounds faster is a benefit.

    For me, I don't shoot 10's of thousands of rounds per year so a single stage is fine. I can easily find time here and there throughout the week to load up 100-300 rounds which is more than I shoot on a typical weekend.

    Combine that with some downtime during winter months and more time to load in the winter, I have never run out of ammo or had to hastily sit down and load some up for the upcoming weekend.

    If I was shooting like my brother, a couple times per week practice and a match every weekend pretty much throughout the year, I'd look at a progressive. He has a Dillon 550 I believe.

    I don't think a single stage is a waste. If I ever got into long range rifle shooting for accuracy, I would prefer to load on a single stage.
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    Plinker

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    I picked up a lee progressive on the cheap. Since I prefer to decap and prime seperately, I crank out 250-300 rounds an hour on both a turret and a progressive.

    I guess if you're good doing it all with the stroke of a handle a progressive is worthwhile. I use my single stage the most by far.

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    Sharpshooter

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    Started out on a 3 hole turret, went to 4 hole turret, then thought I needed a LNL Progressive just after they came out. When I downsized later after a move two 4 hole turrets are the only presses that remained, your needs may be different.

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    Grandmaster red_zr24x4's Avatar

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    Quote Originally Posted by 42769vette View Post
    Ive been loading for a lot of years. I guess I still havent gotten to the point I out grow my single stage. I have gotten to the point I added a progressive, but I still use my single stage
    This, but edited. Volume loading on the progressive, but I use my single stage for deprimeing bottle neck cartridges, 223,308,30-06
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    So far Iíve found bottle necked cases are a pain on progressives. Case prep being the reason. Straight wall cases once setup are a breeze. Had a turret and it was worn out so bought progressive. Still seriously thinking about buying a single or another turret press.


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