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Old 04-06-2012, 10:06 AM   #21
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For a basic single-stage/turret press, the break-even point is going to be a lot lower. Looking at around $150-$200 for a press kit, add in the cost of the die(s), and then cost of initial materials. You've already got the most expensive material, the brass.

Are you shooting enough to make use of a progressive set up? Or are you planning on selling your loads? If not, then a turret press will probably be enough for you.
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I've been looking into this too. What are the downsides to a cheaper press like the Lee models? I have a good friend at work who's been using a Lee progressive press for 10+ years without any problems.

I calculated my break even point for 9mm ammo using a Lee progressive press to be ~1500 rounds if I use existing brass.
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Old 04-06-2012, 11:09 AM   #23
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My uncle has been using a single-stage lee press for the past 20 years. Tried a Dillon progressive about a decade ago, managed to get it properly set up, liked it, but said he didn't shoot anywhere near enough to make it worth it. He's retired and shoots a lot (SASS shooter). Sold it after a year and went back to the single-stage. The only thing he doesn't regularly load is shotgun cartridges. He's got the equipment for it, but says he just doesn't shoot enough shotgun.
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Lee is a good company. Pretty much all of the companies out there are quality.
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on average, how much time would it take to reload 100 rounds on your own? gotta account for your time as well
this is definitely not for someone who isn't shooting through several hundred rounds per session
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Reloading time depends on if it's rifle vs handgun (for metallic reloading). Rifle brass requires a lot more case prep. Pistol rounds generally don't. Setting everything up from nothing and getting your dies set up and powder measured correctly will take 10-20 minutes with a turret press or progressive press. Once you have that, you can reload 100-200rds/hour with a turret press. With a single stage, it really depends on which one you have. With the Hornady Lock-N-Load press, you can probably bang out 100rds in an hour. With all other single-stage, expect to be around 50-75rds/hour. If you take into account case prep for pistol you can reduce that volume by maybe 30%. If you are prepping rifle cases, you'll probably reduce your volume by 50-75%. With my precision rifle loads, I'm doing about 30-40/hour. With case prep included. Take out case prep time and priming, and I'm up to 70-80 on a single stage since I'm not neck-crimping.
If you have a hand priming tool, you can grab a box of brass and sit down in front of the TV and prime brass while you watch baseball or Real Housewives. That speeds up the process down the line.
If you have a priming device on your press, that might make the process faster, but it depends on your press.
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