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No quality ammo on a progressive press

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by ron59, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. ron59

    ron59 Bustin Caps

    Jan 3, 2009
    Smyrna, GA
  2. jmorris


    Apr 13, 2006
    Except for benchrest every match I have won was with ammo loaded on a progressive.

    Must be one of thoes "it takes forever so it must be better" guys.

    They are relatives of the kids that put a fart pipe on moms old 4 cyl and then think its fast.

  3. Anglin_AZ


    Oct 29, 2010
    I have a Hornady L&L, but that doesn't men you have to use it as a progressive 100% of the time.

    Some times I use it as a single stage, other times as a 2-3 stage and other times as a full progressive but hardly ever. But I do agree with quality>quantity.
  4. mogollon


    Nov 20, 2002
    He forgot to tell David Tubb that I guess.....
  5. *shrugs and goes back to making 223 ammo that shoots like Boxer's on his Dillon 650*

    No matter where you go, there will always be people that know what they know, no matter WHAT the facts are! ;)
  6. ron59

    ron59 Bustin Caps

    Jan 3, 2009
    Smyrna, GA
    And if you're saying quality is not possible with a progressive press when being used as *full* progressive... I'd put you in the same clueless boat he's floating around in.

    He's the captain, you can be the first mate.

    That's the POINT! If you start off slow and learn the craft, one is fully capable of producing QUALITY ammo on a progressive press. Period. It's possible to have quality AND quantity.

    Last edited: Nov 15, 2012
  7. 600 yards prone w/sling (no rest of any kind) iron sights, 20 rounds (standard slow fire course) 3.5" group. Obviously an ammunition quality problem prevented really good performance. Or maybe not. Dillon 550
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2012
  8. fredj338


    Dec 22, 2004
    Well, many people just don't know what they don't know. I am sure he has never made ammo on a progressive.
  9. eb07

    eb07 Sharkin'

    Feb 19, 2010
    Third Rock From the Sun
    I have a Dillon 550 because I like to shoot, not waste time on a bench.
  10. Boxerglocker

    Boxerglocker Jacks #1 Fan

    Mar 6, 2003
    Lynnwood, WA
  11. Hoser

    Hoser Ninja

    May 22, 2002
    I have not loaded ammo on a single stage press or used hand dies in years.

    Guess I am guess lucky when my rifle ammo hits 8-12 inch plates out past 1,000 yards.
  12. Colorado4Wheel


    Nov 2, 2006
    Don't you use a little arbour press of some sort for your long range ammo?
  13. Yep, I know what you mean, just can't be done :whistling:
  14. Hoser

    Hoser Ninja

    May 22, 2002
    Used to. For long range ammo I have been using nothing but my 550s and Prometheus for a couple years now.

    My 1050s are for rifle ammo inside 600 yards.
  15. smokin762


    Apr 19, 2009
    I just recently got into reloading. I bought the Dillon 650.

    I wish I would have done this, years ago. I would be ammunition rich right now. :supergrin:
  16. Colorado4Wheel


    Nov 2, 2006

    Hoser is our mini version of David Tube.
  17. Murphy's Law

    Murphy's Law

    Nov 1, 2007
    Tampa, FL
    Some or the majority of the bench guys go to extremes trying to make each load absolutely perfect and identical right down to hand polishing their brass. When I first started reloading I thought I would like to get into bench shooting but soon got tired of going to the range for an hour and only shoot off 5 rounds. I still have that rifle (Remy 700 PSS) with big time scope. But now I just prefer to shoot off 100+ rounds in 30 minutes or so on my Colt AR-15. Moral of the story..... to each their own IMHO.
  18. fredj338


    Dec 22, 2004
    If you can't make accurate ammo on a good progressive, you are doing something wrong. The dies are the same, a good press is rigid enough, the ammo will be as accurate as ammo that comes of a quality ss press. It's been proven far too many times for pistol & rifle.
  19. birda40

    birda40 Woody

    Nov 19, 2011
    Chicago, Ill.
    Since I bought my 650 my world has changed. Started on the trusty but slow Rock Chucker, then tried Lee 1000. Just not whatI was looking for in a progressive (I still use it for 9mm, takes longer but still produces). Then the shock and awe effect, Dillon 650 pumps out hundreds of rounds with remarkable consistance. Load 40 SW with it and swear the ammo is better more accurate than some store bought. Don't know what I would do with out it. Kinda like your car breaking down and have to take the bus. ( YUK )