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Single stage?

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by themighty9mm, Sep 4, 2010.

  1. themighty9mm

    themighty9mm

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    Ok so awhile back I asked about reloading 223/5.56. Well I finally got my colt 6920. Bought 1k factory ammo. After I shoot that bit I will be wanting to reload it. I curently have a dillon 550 that I am using for 9mm and 38. On my old thread I found that for some of the prep work several people were using a single stage for resizing and depriming. I am wanting a single stage just for that. I will also be used for a few calibers that my fatherr in law shoots or I shoot very little of (270, 45acp, 243) I wont be loading large quanities at all, those are the same calibers I have a hard time justifying the cost of, new tool head/dies for on the 550. Its primary goal is to save a bit of time on prep. That and a new tou is always fun. At my work we use a rcbs for pressing gas checks in 38's. The handle on that thing has been pulled a couple million times litterally. I am leaning towards getting on of those. I know a bass pro near my house I can get a starter kit for 150. I'm sure I can find it cheaper online. Are there other presses of equal qaulity I should look into?
     
  2. EL_NinO619

    EL_NinO619 EX-Swage Monkey

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    I have a LEE classic SS, and it works great. But RCBS and Hornady are good to (from what i hear) But i got the entire LEE 50th Anniversary kit for $90 from Natchez. Loading .223 i can crank out about 100 rounds a 1hr or 1 1/2 with trimming. But if you have the Money get a RCBS, Customer service from LEE and RCBS are top notch IMO.
     


  3. AZBru88

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    themighty9mm something you might check around for is a use single stage. They come up cheap. I've found them at gun show, back shelve or under tables at the gun shops. We have "Backpages" online want ads out here, I see package deals there all the time! Best of luck everyone needs a single stage press.
     
  4. dudel

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    For the calibers you mentioned, most any SS will work fine. If you were considering some large magnum rounds (or the dreaded .30 carbine!), I'd say move up to a stout press. Personally, I would tend to stay away from "C" style presses as they have more flex than an "O" or "H" style press. A Lee Classic will work fine as will one from RCBS, Hornady, Lyman or Forester.

    Thinking ahead, you may find your use if for pocket swaging or lead swaging, a stronger press helps here. Any single stage can also be used for case trimming, sizing projectiles, removing brass bulge or with a Lee Lead tester. All things difficult to do on a progressive press. SSs are also very handy for working up test loads or reloading at the range.

    All my rifle prep gets done on the SS. Works well for me.
     
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  5. Rico567

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    I just had a gob of .45 ACP that I needed to deprime, because I needed to put them through a liquid cleaning. I have the RCBS universal decap die, and have used it before but after some thought, I just ran them through my Dillon 650. It went very quickly.
     
  6. Bello

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    ya i also have a lee classic "o" frame press does me justice and thats all i need but jack has given me the hornady itch.... sigh....
     
  7. I just bought a Lee classic cast to deprime resize 308. I reload 223 on my lnl but the ss is better for larger rifle calibers IMO. Good luck.
     
  8. PCJim

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    Mighty, check your local Craigs list, EBay, etc for a used press. You don't need a high dollar press for the uses you have stated. You've the right idea, and a 550 to follow thru with the heavier work requirements.

    If your .223 ammo has crimped primers, look at the Dillon Super Swage or a Hornady primer pocket reamer (chucked in a variable speed drill). I've tried a couple other methods and they just didn't come close to what either of these will do.
     
  9. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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    I've had women accuse me of giving them an itch too... I get blamed for a lot of stuff. :whistling:


    Jack
     
  10. fredj338

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    Yeah, everyone can use a solid ss press, even C4W. There is no reaon to not reload the 223 on the 550B though. Case prep can be lessoned by using an X-die & OneShot lube. You don't need to clean primer pockets everytime, maybe every 3-4.
     
  11. Bello

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    Che Cazzo Capito?!? haha
     
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  12. IndyGunFreak

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    Another vote for the Lee Classic Cast.. it's cheap enough.. I think there's a kit for sale in the Misc. Gun Stuff forum now...
     
  13. fredj338

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    Agree Jack. I still ahve a RCBS jr, but switched to a AmmoMAster for really big rifle rounds. Today, I probably would buy the Lee CC. Big enough, sturdy enough, cheap enough. Then I could freely bash other Lee products.:rofl:
     
  14. IndyGunFreak

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    You're the second person thats called me Jack :rofl:

    The last one was in a PM though, which I found hysterical..lol. Do folks only look at avatars nowdays?
     
  15. unclebob

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    Yes:supergrin:
     
  16. unclebob

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    I would also look at what has been brought up a few times already the Lee Classic Cast press. Take the Lee Die adaptor out and put the Hornady LNL adaptor in its place. A snap in changing dies in and out.
     
  17. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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    Good God man, who wouldn't be distracted by the uncanny resemblance between me and Tom Selleck? You should thank your lucky stars you were not born with such a curse... I can't leave the house without a gun and large stick just to fend off the more than willing women!

    I can only afford so much Viagra. :whistling:


    Jack
     
  18. Fox

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    Check the local gunshows for a good, used press. No need to pay top dollar for a new press.
     
  19. EL_NinO619

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  20. Bello

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    you sure are all about that huh? u keep making me laugh