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    from single stage to progressive

    Between these two:

    http://rcbs.com/Products/Presses-and...ing-Press.aspx

    https://www.dillonprecision.com/rl-550c_8_1_23594.html

    Which one?

    Midway has the RCBS press on sale: https://www.midwayusa.com/product/46...gressive-press

    Are both made in the United States?

    500 rounds a week would be a lot for me.

  • #2
    Were I to buy one of these, I'd have to buy more guns:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8d1m-talNzE

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    • #3
      I vote RCBS if the price doesn't deter you.

      But​​​. MIDWAY says it does not have a spent primer collection system. You better take a close look at that.
      Last edited by williamwaco; 1 week ago.
      William Waco
      First reload:
      .22 Hornet - 1956

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      • #4
        The RCBS press is nice, an update of earlier designs. The Dillon 550C is the latest model in the 550 series. I've loaded on a 550B for quite a few years. It can handle almost every rifle and handgun cartridge. Advantage and disadvantage is it isn't an automatic progressive, but a manual progressive. You have to index the shell plate by hand. I actually prefer that, makes it much easier to check a case at any time. One of the biggest advantages of the 550 series is that they are almost the cheapest press to change calibers on. A conversion kit (shell plate, brass pins, and powder funnel) is $50, plus your die costs. You can leave the dies mounted in the toolhead (which is available almost everywhere at a decent price), but I've never needed to do that, loading mostly handgun ammo. Easy enough to change out. Considering cost, it is tough to go wrong with a 550, unless you are going to be cranking out several thousand rounds per reloading session.
        "The fact that guns can kill another human being is the whole point. That\'s why they are so darn good at deterring violent criminals". Ann Coulter

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        • #5
          I shoot many calibers. I have every handgun caliber and .223 on a tool head... I guess I’m lazy, but it takes a while to set up a progressive, and the tool head is key for me simply because I switch calibers just about every time I’m going to use it to reload, and it doesn’t take much time to check everything is where I left off. I’ve only ever used a 550, so I really can’t compair.
          “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive." C.S. Lewis

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          • #6
            I also load for a lot of calibers.... mostly handgun tho. having to index by hand would be great for me. I have a pet load/bullet or ten that are 'favorites' but can't help but find new ones or load some for a friend to try. What works for me is to get all my brass in... primed brass condition.. ready for powder and bullet. dozen coffee cans full of brass in that condition. I have to reset one of my powder measures and/or my seat/crimp die all the time and maybe only load 100-300 of the same load at the same time. I also like to prime my cases by hand... A manually indexing setup might be good for me but not sure there would be any huge advantage. I don't shoot any one load all the time and I actually load more ammo than I can shoot now.

            lazs

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            • #7
              I've gone with this one: https://www.midwayusa.com/product/46...gressive-press

              I'm not sure when I'll receive it.

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              • #8
                You should like it. Graf's has some in stock now, but about $60 more.
                "The fact that guns can kill another human being is the whole point. That\'s why they are so darn good at deterring violent criminals". Ann Coulter

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                • #9
                  Tough choice, I started reloading with a RCBS Rock Chucker than a Dillon 450, than upgrade to a 550 and finally the 650. Both companies are great when it comes to support. Thou I would go with the Dillon lot's of upgrades on EBAY to make the press even better.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by SA1911 View Post
                    I've gone with this one: https://www.midwayusa.com/product/46...gressive-press

                    I'm not sure when I'll receive it.
                    Sure would like to see a review from one I "know". Let us know how you like it.
                    William Waco
                    First reload:
                    .22 Hornet - 1956

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                    • #11
                      Dillon..
                      100% American made in Arizona.
                      plain, simple, robust, and efficient.

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                      • #12
                        RCBS advertises that its Rock Chucker Pro 7 Progressive Press is 100% American made.

                        I'm sure it's a matter of preference commingled with opinion.

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                        • #13
                          Here's a youtube review of the Rock Chucker Pro 7: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alestMi_c9s

                          As with all reviews, we can only guess whether the reviewer has received consideration in exchange for positive review.

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                          • #14
                            Midway told me that it'll ship free on 10/24.

                            It does seem to be a fantastic deal.

                            I was all set to go Dillon, which is an excellent press. But Rock Chucker Pro 7 has received excellent reviews. Midway is good about returns if I don't like it.

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                            • #15
                              for 700$ they better hand deliver it under armed escort.
                              I think I paid that for 3 of my 550's.

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