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  1. #11
    I own a Lyman press and a Lee press. The the Lee progressive presses us what they call the auto disc to dispense powder. Different discs hold different powder charges, you need a reloading manual to help you choose the powder and the charge, then you set up the powder measure and adjust it until it drops the correct amount of powder verified by a powder scale. You will need a new set of dies and a new shell holder for each cartridge you wish to reload. The dies are more critical than the press, the press raises and lowers the case, the dies resize the case and remove spent primers, bell the case opening, seat the bullets, and crimp the bullets. Prices on dies have been going up and components are getting hard to come by, but are still available, especially if you are willing to be on a waiting list, (get on often, because limits are being placed on what is available because of supply).

  3. #12
    Quote Originally Posted by Eirik View Post
    Thank you for the info. Do you happen to have a recommendation for a good reloading manual?
    The Lyman Reloading handbook has just about all you'll ever need to reload. The 49th edition is the latest one.
    All The Best

  4. I use the Hornady reloading manual most of the time because I shoot mainly Hornady bullets. There are several types of reloading manuals, one is put out by the bullet maker, (Hornady, Speer, Sierra, Nosler, etc). A second is put out by powder manufacturers, (IMR, Hodgden, Accurate Arms, etc). Others are put out by reloading equipment makers, (Lyman, Lee, etc.). I have two bullet manuals, two generic equipment maker manuals, and several powder suppler manuals. You can download manuals from most powder makers free from the mfg. web site. I have always had the opinion that one manual is not enough. It's always good to have at least one new manual, new powders have been introduced that work very well. The best accuracy often results from experimenting with different components.

  5. While the rifle shooter can get by with a single stage press, serious handgun reloading calls for a progressive press. The press you choose often depends on two factors, how much you shoot, and how much money you are willing to pay for the press and related equipment.

  6. #15
    See this. This guy was helpful to me.

    Basic Reloading Ammunition PART 1 - YouTube

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    Carthage, North Carolina, United States
    personally I am a dillion man both the 550B and 650 , load both pistol and rifle , as far books abc reloading is a great book to learn basics and info then just about any of the three main books , the thing about dillion is there warrantee life time my dads old press gave to me broke they replaced it since they don't make it any more that was 7 years ago , they have been very good to me and yes as time has gone on I have up graded and added stuff , , if was me find some local reloaders let them help you .
    there are many presses and most name brand are just fine . you was given some good advice keep researching

  9. It would be great to have a high output progressive press, but they are rather expensive to buy and when you start cranking out 600-800 rounds an hour very expensive to feed. I have instead stuck with a single-stage press and spent the additional money on bullets, primers and powder...when I can find them.

    The 40 S&W is a very easy to load round I have had excellent results with either 165 or 180 gr, bullets and have used Power Pistol, Accurate #5, Bullseye, and Unique. Check out the reloading manuals for safe and accurate loads in your gun and have some fun!! Good Luck .

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